Jorge Mateo and Abiatal Avelino led an aggressive base-running attack Sunday, combining for seven of Charleston’s eight stolen bases to lead the RiverDogs to a 4-2 victory over Lexington at Riley Park.
Starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery was dominant in his RiverDogs debut. The Sumter native held the Legends scoreless in 52/3 innings and fanned nine Lexington hitters to pick up his first win in front of 3,503 fans.
The eight stolen bases are three shy of the league record of 11, which was set on July 10, 1991, by the Macon Braves.
Charleston (2-2) will host Augusta in a three-game series beginning Monday at 7 p.m. It is also Youth Baseball Night. There will be a parade around the warning track before the game to celebrate youth sports teams in the Lowcountry.
Kids had the opportunity to play catch on the field before the game and also took over the game-day duties of many ballpark staff members, such as calling out the starting lineups in place of the PA announcer. After the game, the RiverDogs stayed on the field to sign autographs.