FORT MILL, S.C. – The final home opener in Knights Stadium history will go down as one of its most memorable.
Seth Loman stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning and ended the game with one swing of his bat. Loman launched a walk-off, game-ending home run to give the Knights a 9-8 victory over the Gwinnett Braves on Thursday at Knights Stadium. The win was Charlotte’s second of the season.
The home run for Loman was the third in the game by a Knights player -- and third on the year for the slugger.
Jordan Danks and Josh Phegley, who each received awards before the game for being members of the All Knights Stadium Team, both homered in Thursday’s opener. The home run for Danks was his second, while Phegley’s was his third.
Center fielder Luis Durango extended his hit-streak to a team-high seven games and Jared Mitchell added two hits and two stolen bases.
The win went to Knights reliever Ramon Troncoso (1-0, 6.00), who allowed just one hit over a scoreless inning.
The Knights will be back on Friday for game two of the quick two-game series with the Gwinnett Braves. The Knights will send RHP Simon Castro to the hill, while the Braves will counter with RHP Tim Corcoran.
Gates open at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and the Knights will welcome Country Music Recording Artist and Eight-Time Women’s Wrestling Champion Mickie James to the ballpark. Mickie will sign autographs for fans. First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m.