Legends gain momentum, now 5 ½ games back; Peterson, Vines named SAL All-Stars

Outfielder Kort Peterson is batting .290 for the Legends. (Photo-David Rearic)


After taking three out of four against Augusta, the Lexington Legends open a seven-game road trip tonight (Tuesday) in Columbia, South Carolina.  They’ll play three games in Columbia and four in Hickory before returning home for a six-game homestand to close out the first half of the season.

Momentum  turned in the second game of the Augusta series, when the Legends, who had been shut out 4-0 in the opener, rallied for a 2-1 win.  They trailed 1-0 in the eighth against Augusta’s Domenic Mazza, who had pitched a

Right-hander Jace Vines has a 6-2 record with an earned run average of 2.28. (Photo-David Rearic)

perfect game against them April 25 in Lexington, and allowed one run in seven innings in a 2-1 win at Augusta May 15.    But Friday night, the Legends scored the tying run in the eighth inning and the winning run in the ninth, and then went on to two more wins Saturday and Sunday.

The Legends are 20-12 since May 1.  They are 29-28 for the season, and five and one-half games behind first-place Greenville in the South Atlantic League Southern Division.

All-Stars: The Legends will have two representatives on the Southern Division roster for the South Atlantic League All-Star game, which will be played at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, South Carolina Tuesday, June 20.

Outfielder Kort Peterson and pitcher Jace Vines were named to the team in an announcement today by SAL President Eric Krupa.

The complete release from the South Atlantic League includes the full rosters for the Northern and Southern Divisions.

                Peterson, 23, a left-handed hitting outfielder from Santa Cruz, California, was a 23rd-round pick by the Kansas City Royals in the June 2016 first-year player draft.  He is batting .290 in 50 games for the Legends, with one home run and 18 runs batted in.  Peterson played college baseball at UCLA.

Vines, 22, a right-hander, has a 6-2 mark for the Legends with an ERA of 2.28, eighth best in the league.  His WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) of 1.04 ranks seventh in the league.  Early in the season, he alternated between starting and relieving, and picked up three saves in four save opportunities.  His last five appearances have been as a starter.  He has won four of those games, and overall, he is 6-0 since losing at Greenville April 12.  Vines finished his college career at Texas A&M.

“Kort and Jace have been outstanding for the Legends, and have been a big part of the momentum the Legends have gained in the last few weeks,” said Legends President/CEO Andy Shea.  “They are very deserving of their selection, and we’ll look forward to seeing them play in Columbia June 20.”