The Huntsville Stars and the Tennessee Smokies split a doubleheader at Joe Davis Stadium on Wednesday, as the Stars won game one by a score of 2-1 while the Smokies took game two by a score of 1-0.
For game one, the Stars came back from a 1-0 deficit in the second inning after Smokies catcher Mike Brenly delivered an RBI double off of Stars starting pitcher Kyle Heckathorn.
However, that would be the only blemish of the day for Heckathorn, as he shut down the Smokies over six innings, giving up that one run and just five hits before he was taken out of the game.
With Heckathorn handling the Tennessee bats, the Stars tied up the game in the fourth inning with an RBI single from right fielder Brock Kjeldgaard. Then, in the seventh, after Josh Prince led off the inning with his second triple of the season, Gennett continued his scorching series by plating Prince with the walk-off single against Tennessee RHP Kevin Rhoderick.
On offense, Gennett was the story once again, as his 3-for-4 showing gave him his second consecutive three-hit game. Third basemen Andy Gonzalez and left fielder Khris Davis also had two hits apiece.
For the Stars, RHP Robert Wooten earned his first win of the season after stranding two Smokies runners in a scoreless seventh inning.
In game two, the Stars were held to four hits and shutout by a combination of Smokies arms that included starting pitcher Ryan Searle and relief pitchers Casey Weathers and Frank Batista.
For Searle, he improved to 2-0 on the season in his first start of 2012, pitching 4.0 innings while giving up just two hits and striking out five. Batista also earned his SL-leading fifth save of the season.
The Smokies pitching spoiled a tremendous outing from Huntsville starting pitcher Evan Anundsen, as his record fell to 0-1 on the season after only giving up one run and three hits over 5.0 innings. His only blemish was when he surrendered the eventual game-winning run in the second inning on a solo home run by OF Ty Wright.
On offense, four players each had one hit, including 2B Scooter Gennett and LF Khris Davis. With his first inning double, Gennett increased his hitting streak to 10 games while a seventh inning single helped Davis increase his hit streak to nine games.
The Huntsville Stars will finish off a five-game series on Thursday with the Tennessee Smokies by sending RHP R.J Seidel (0-2, 6.75 ERA) to the mound to square off against RHP Dae-Eun Rhee (1-0, 3.00 ERA). First pitch is at 6:43 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets at the box office at Joe Davis Stadium or by calling (256) 882-2562.