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Local baseball star gets 1st Major League win

By Brian North
Published On: Apr 18 2013 06:19:18 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 18 2013 08:44:02 PM CDT

Former North Lenoir High School and Mount Olive College star Carter Capps picked up his first major league win in the Mariners 2-0 win over the Tigers Thursday.  The right handed relief pitcher from Kinston threw two innings of shutout baseball and struck out three.  

Capps (1-1) entered the game to start the seventh and after allowing a one-out double to Prince Fielder, he intentionally walked Victor Martinez. Capps then struck out Jhonny Peralta on a 96 mph fastball, then got Alex Avila to foul out to left. Miguel Cabrera lined out to center to open the inning.

 

In the top of the eighth, Omar Infante flew out to right before Don Kelly singled to left. Capps then struck out the final two batters of the inning, getting Austin Jackson on a 96 mph fastball and winning a nine-pitch marathon to get Andy Dirks swinging at a 95 mph fastball.

 

Capps topped out at 97 miles per hour, hitting the mark five times, including twice to Dirks. Tom Wilhelmsen retired the side in order in the ninth for the save and to give the Capps the historic win.

 

Capps, the 2011 ABCA Division II Baseball Player of the Year and consensus Pitcher of the Year, was selected by the Mariners in the third round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his Major League debut last July, finishing out the 2012 season and opening the 2013 season with the Mariners.

Former UNC Star Kyle Seager hit a two-out RBI double off Justin Verlander in the seventh inning to break the scoreless tie.