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Lancaster starter Bryan Evans got the win on the night, al­low­ing just two hits and strik­ing out four over five in­nings.

Evans re­tired the first 10 bat­ters he faced be­fore South­ern Mary­land short­stop Steve Lom­bar­dozzi had the team’s first hit of the sea­son, and was the team’s first baserun­ner of 2016, on a sin­gle to cen­ter field in the bot­tom of the fourth.

Af­ter left fielder Fred Lewis’ dou­ble in that same in­ning, the next 12 bat­ters would be re­tired in a row be­fore catcher An­gel Flores fi­nally got the Blue Crabs on the board on a solo home run to cen­ter field.

In the bot­tom of the ninth, cen­ter fielder Gary Brown and former Washington Na­tional Lom­bar­dozzi led things off with back-to­back sin­gles. First base­man Zach Wil­son then flied out to right for the first out of the in­ning af­ter a div­ing catch by Lancaster’s Caleb Gindl.

“Their start­ing pitcher just did a good job of keep­ing us off bal­ance,” said Lom­bar­dozzi, who had two hits in his first game with the Blue Crabs, the only South­ern Mary­land player with more than one. “We showed some fight in the end and scratched a run across in the fi­nal in­ning. We just came up short.”

Lewis then reached first base on a fielder’s choice as Lom­bar­dozzi was thrown out at sec­ond and Brown came to home plate for the Blue Crabs’ sec­ond run of the game.

With two outs, des­ig­nated hit­ter Michael Sny­der grounded to Lancaster third base­man Josh Bell, who threw Sny­der out at first to end the game.

“This was the first game of the sea­son. It is a long sea­son, we are try­ing to see where ev­ery­one is go­ing to fit in,” Lewis said. “We are just go­ing to take it one day at a time.”

Lancaster, which had 13 hits on the night, took a 2-0 lead in the top of the sec­ond on back-to-back RBI dou­bles from des­ig­nated hit­ter Mike Ja­cobs and short­stop Kevin Ahrens off of Blue Crabs starter Daryl Thomp­son.

“Lancaster got two big dou­bles in the sec­ond in­ning and cap­i­tal­ized and got ahead,” Blue Crabs man­ager Jeremy Owens said. “Evans was on his game and was hit­ting spots tonight. When he is throw­ing like that they are hard to beat. I’m pleased with how tonight went it just didn’t show in the score­board.”

The Barn­storm­ers pushed the lead to 4-0 in the fourth when Ahrens hit a solo homer and sec­ond base­man Jeff Kober­nus sin­gled left fielder Michael Crouse to home plate.

In the sixth, Crouse scored as Gindl reached first on a fielder’s choice. Crouse was 3 for 5 with two runs scored. Gindl was one of four Barn­stomers with two hits.

Thomp­son, the 2003 La Plata High School grad­u­ate who pitched a com­plete-game shutout ver­sus Lancaster in the play­offs last sea­son, lasted just 4 2/3 in­nings on open­ing night. He al­lowed four runs on seven hits with two walks and just one strike­out.

PHOTO BY JOSEPH NOWAK

Blue Crabs short­stop Steve Lom­bar­dozzi scoops up a ground ball in Thurs­day’s sea­son-open­ing game ver­sus Lancaster at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf. Lancaster won the con­test 5-2 de­spite Lom­bar­dozzi con­nect­ing for two hits at the plate.

STAFF PHOTO BY PAUL WAT­SON

The South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs hosted open­ing night ver­sus the Lancaster Barn­storm­ers on Thurs­day night. The Blue Crabs fell 5-2.

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