The 2014 Appalachian League season officially kicked off on Thursday night across the Tri-Cities.

The Bristol Pirates era started with a tough road loss. The Pirates lost to the Princeton Rays 5-2. The Rays hit a walk-off 3-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

The Johnson City Cardinals had a successful road debut to the 2014 season. The Cardinals blanked the Bluefield Blue Jays 13-0.

The Elizabethton Twins opened their campaign with an impressive 11-3 road win against the Greenville Astros. The Twins scored at least a run in six of the nine innings.

In Kingsport, the Mets lost their home opener 8-4 to the Danville Braves. Danville scored seven runs in the first two innings of the game and held on for the 8-4 win.