Historic Grainger Stadium will host Carolina League baseball once again this season, beginning with the Down East Wood Ducks home opener on April 10 at 7 p.m.

After a five-year offseason, Carolina League baseball returns to Kinston’s Grainger Stadium Monday as the Down East Wood Ducks host the Winston-Salem Dash for a historic home opener.

First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. and southpaw Brett Martin will be on the bump for the Woodies.

Martin, a Tennessee-native, finished 2-1 with a 4.24 ERA last season in six starts for the High Desert Mavericks in the hitter-friendly California league. Right-hander Peter Fairbanks will start game two on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The game marks a return to normalcy for Kinston, as the town’s former club, the Kinston Indians, was a fixture in Lenoir County from 1978 until it relocated to Zebulon in 2012 and took the Carolina Mudcats moniker from a team departing Five-County Stadium. The Wood Ducks will head to Zebulon for a series later this month and both teams will return to Grainger Stadium for a three-game series on May 23.

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