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No decision in first Pint-Wentz showdown as professionals

Joey Wentz (left) who was a pitcher for Shawnee Mission East and Riley Pint, who was at St. Thomas Aquinas, talked with each other last year before they were drafted.
Joey Wentz (left) who was a pitcher for Shawnee Mission East and Riley Pint, who was at St. Thomas Aquinas, talked with each other last year before they were drafted. tljungblad@kcstar.com

The Royals’ affiliate in the South Atlantic League is in Lexington, Ky., but a game involving two other Sally League teams took on a Kansas City flavor on Saturday, when the Rome (Ga.) Braves visited the Asheville (N.C.) Tourists.

The opposing starting pitchers that night were Rome’s Joey Wentz and Asheville’s Riley Pint, a pair of former area high school standouts.

Pint, who played at St. Thomas Aquinas, was drafted fourth overall last June by the Colorado Rockies; Wentz, a Shawnee Mission East graduate, was taken No. 40 overall by the Atlanta Braves.

Neither starter figured in the decision in their first head-to-head clash as pros.

Wentz went 5  1/3 , surrendering two earned runs while striking out seven. He’s 3-3 this season with a 3.31 ERA.

Pint surrendered two earned runs in four innings and owns a 4.72 ERA.

The box score is here.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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