Blue Crabs’ four-game win streak snapped

La Plata grad Thomp­son takes no-hit­ter into sixth in loss

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

Rid­ing a four-game win streak into Sun­day af­ter­noon, the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs were look­ing to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing with start­ing pitcher Daryl Thomp­son on the mound ver­sus Lan­caster.

Through 5 2/3 in­nings, the 2003 La Plata High School grad­u­ate had a no-hit­ter in a score­less game.

The no-hit­ter was no more two outs into the sixth in­ning, then there was no more shutout and then there was no more win as Lan­caster scored four runs on five hits with two down, two charged to Thomp­son, in a 5-0 shutout win at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in what was to be Game 1 of a dou­ble­header af­ter Satur­day’s con­test was rained out. The loss snapped a four-game win­ning streak.

The se­ries fi­nale was sup­posed to be the sec­ond game of the dou­ble­header on Sun­day, but it was post­poned due to the rain. No makeup date was an­nounced as of press time.

The Blue Crabs won the se­ries opener ver­sus the Barn­stomers on Fri­day, 2-1, and capped off the four-game se­ries ver­sus New Bri­tain with a 4-3 vic­tory on Thurs­day, win­ning their sec­ond se­ries of the sea­son, three-games to one.

“It was good to see Daryl go to work on the mound, un­for­tu­nately Lan­caster was able to get a two-out hit and we couldn’t get out of that in­ning,” Blue Crabs man­ager Jeremy Owens said. “You have to tip your hat to Lan­caster. They can hit the ball.”

In the top of the sixth, Josh Bell hit a two-out triple for the first hit of the game off of Thomp­son. Sean Hal­ton then walked, end­ing the day for Thomp­son, who struck out five bat­ters and walked six. He dropped to 0-3 on the sea­son.

Left-han­der Jeff Ur­laub came out of the bullpen, but yielded RBI singles to Mike Mc­Dade, Char­lie Cut­ler and Jeff Kober­nus to put the Barn­storm­ers up 3-0. The first two runs be­ing charged to Thomp­son.

Lo­gan Schafer reached on a throw­ing er­ror by Ur­laub as Cut­ler scored from third to bring the score to 4-0.

Hal­ton had an RBI dou­ble in

the seventh, scor­ing Bell, to end the scor­ing.

The Blue Crabs left eight run­ners on base in the game.

Bryan Evans picked up his sec­ond win of the sea­son for Lan­caster as he threw six in­nings of shutout base­ball, while also strik­ing out five.

South­ern Mary­land (11-19 over­all) kicked off a seven-game road trip on Tues­day ver­sus York with the first of a three-game se­ries. Game 2 is sched­uled for 6:30 tonight.

En­ter­ing Tues­day York was tied for first with Sugar Land in the Free­dom Divi­sion at 17-14 with the Blue Crabs sitting in last place 5 1/2 games out of first place. Mon­day was off day in the At­lantic League.

“We had a good home stretch and won close games,” Owens said. “Our guys just keep play­ing and we keep fight­ing.”

On Fri­day, Blue Crabs left­hander Brian Bur­res pitched seven shutout in­nings with seven strike­outs, al­low­ing just just four hits.

The Blue Crabs scored in the third and seventh in­nings on RBI singles by Steve Lom­bar­dozzi, who was 2 for 4 at the

plate, and Eric Gar­cia.

Justin Berg pitched the eighth and struck out two bat­ters, while Cody Ep­p­ley got the save, pitch­ing a score­less ninth, al­low­ing just one hit.

Terry Doyle got the loss for Lan­caster, go­ing seven in­nings, al­low­ing two runs on five hits with two strike­outs.

Thur­day, New Bri­tain took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fifth, but the Blue Crabs got on the board in

the bot­tom half, com­ing to within 3-2 on an RBI single by Zach Wil­son.

Ja­mar Wal­ton’s RBI single in the eighth brought home Bryant Nel­son. D’Arby My­ers fol­lowed with an RBI single to give the Blue Crabs the 4-3 lead.

In the ninth, Ep­p­ley came out of the bullpen and picked up the save as the Bees left the ty­ing run in scor­ing po­si­tion.

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