(7/29/2022, Waldorf, MD) The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs dropped the series opener against the High Point Rockers on Friday, falling 11-5.  The Rockers’ bats struck early and often, chasing Mitch Lambson (L, 5-7) from the game after just five innings, allowing seven runs. 

The High Point Rockers started the scoring in the second inning when Giovanny Alfonzo drove in Quincy Latimore on a base hit to right.  The Rockers tacked on another run in the second to go ahead 2-0.  In the third, High Point scored three times.  Ben Aklinski pulled a home run over the Mini Monster in left before Jay Gonzalez went the other way on a two-run shot, putting High Point ahead 5-0.  

The homers kept flying for the Rockers.  Tyler Ladendorf smashed his first home run of the game in the fourth before Zander Wiel crushed a homer in the fifth.  In the sixth, Ben Aklinski ripped a line drive to left, scoring Dakota Mulcay.  By the sixth inning, the Blue Crabs trailed 8-1. 

Ivan Pineyro (W, 4-1) pitched six outstanding innings, allowing only one run on two hits.  But he struggled in the seventh. With the bases loaded, Michael Baca struck a base hit to the right, scoring two runs and cutting the deficit to 8-3.  Two batters later, with runners on second and third, Jack Sundberg sliced a ball to left center, scoring Matt Hibbert and Michael Baca, trimming the Rockers’ advantage to 8-5. That’s the closest that the Blue Crabs would get.

In the ninth inning, Cody Strayer ran into trouble.  After a pair of singles, Tyler Ladendorf crushed his second home run of the night, giving High Point an 11-5 lead.  In the bottom of the ninth, Cole Aker sent down the Blue Crabs in order, giving the Rockers an 11-5 victory. 

Southern Maryland moves to 61-26 on the year, and 13-8 in the second half.  Southern Maryland is now tied for the North Division lead in the Second Half with the Lancaster Barnstormers.  Southern Maryland will be back tomorrow at 6:35 pm at Regency Furniture Stadium.

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