Nick Ciolli hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs as the Kannapolis Intimidators routed the Lexington Legends 13-1 Wednesday night in the opener of a four-game series in Kannapolis.
The Intimidators broke the game open with five runs in the fourth inning on a two-out rally fueled by three walks by Legends starter Zach Grimmett.
Grimmett gave up two runs in the second and third innings, respectively, to put Lexington down 4-1. In the fourth, he allowed the lead-off batter on but quickly got two outs to settle into what looked to be a relatively easy frame. But another walk was followed by a Daniel Wagner double that put runners at first and third. Grimmett then walked Intimidator Jake Oester to load the bases, setting up Niolli's grand slam to right field to put the game out of reach.
Grimmett (5-3) gave up nine runs on seven hits and four of the Legends' eight walks in the game.
The Legends scored in the top of the first inning on a double by Jiovanni Mier and a single by Kody Hinze, but Kannapolis answered in the bottom of the second when John Spatola's two-run homer put the Intimidators in front.
Kannapolis added four more runs in the seventh inning, two scoring on a single by Ciolli.
Kannapolis starter Cameron Bayne (12-9) worked the first six innings to earn his South Atlantic League-leading 12th victory.