For Mike Toomey, manager of the Alexandria Dukes, his club's 10-game winning streak is easy to explain.
"We're making things happen," Toomey said after the Dukes beat Kingston today, 6-3. "We had some injuries that hurt us a little bit early in the season but we had a meeting and told the players to hang in there."
The Dukes are in contention to win the first half Carolina League Northern Division. Following today's 7-2 loss by Lynchburg, Alexandria trails the Mets by only two games.
The Dukes don't face Lynchburg again in the first half of the season As Toomey said, "We have to take care of ourselves and then hope."
Today, Kingston took a 1-0 lead in the first inning but Rafael Belliard's sacrifice fly and Mike Quade's run scoring single put the Dukes ahead in the third. They clinched the game with a four-run fifth.
Connor McGehee, John Schaive and Andy Snaith singled for one run. Then Belliard's second sacrifice fly scored McGehee. Quade doubled to right center field to score Snaith, then scored when Jim Felt singled.
Winner Art Ray (6-1) got help from Crucito Carvajal, who earned his third save.
Right-handers Bob Adkins and Rick Leggatt will pitch Monday's double-header at Peninsula.