News Release, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Waldorf, MD – After winning two of three against the New Britain Bees, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs looked to continue their strong play against the Skeeters. Sugar Land struck early and often and spoiled the Blue Crabs magnificent run, as Southern Maryland was unable to make up the deficit in a 10-7 loss.
Michael Kelly (L, 3-6) struggled in the top of the first inning. After Rico Noel drew on a walk, Wynton Bernard reached base and with runners on first and second, Jason Martinson hammered a homer over the mini monster in left field, giving Sugar Land a 3-0 lead.
The score remained 3-0 going into the top of the third inning. Noel reached first base on a walk and two batters later, Jason Martinson worked another walk. With Noel leading off of third base, and Martinson standing on first base, Zach Borenstein launched a three-run homer to left-center field, giving the Skeeters a 6-0 lead.
The Blue Crabs responded in the bottom of the fourth inning. With Sugar land leading 7-0, Southern Maryland’s offense heated up. After Joe Benson singled and Cory Vaughn walked, Charlie Valerio ripped a double off the wall in right field, scoring both runners and cutting the deficit to 7-2.
The Skeeters added two runs in the top of the fifth to take a 9-2 lead. But the Blue Crabs battled back again. With Rubi Silva leading off of second base, Jon Griffin roped a double into the right-center field gap, scoring Silva. Southern Maryland added two more runs in the inning, cutting the deficit to 9-5.
Sugar Land got one run back in the top of the sixth inning to take a 10-5 advantage. The Blue Crabs offense clicked in the bottom of the seventh. With Vaughn leading off second base, and Valerio on first, Tony Thomas drove a triple into the right-center gap corner, cutting Sugar Land’s lead to 10-7. The Skeeters turned to Ricardo Gomez (W, 1-0) who shut the door in the eighth inning.
Matt West (S, 3) came in for the Skeeters in the bottom of the ninth inning. After allowing a two-out double, West settled down to record the final out, giving Sugar Land a 10-7 win.
The Blue Crabs will return home tomorrow, Saturday July 19th, for a game two of a three-game set with the Sugar Land Skeeters, and a 6:35 p.m. first pitch on Christmas in July night.
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