Blue Crabs fall short twice to Som­er­set

Af­ter back-to-back losses to Som­er­set, La Plata grad Thomp­son helps team snap four-game los­ing streak

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Down by a 5-0 deficit through five in­nings, the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs re­sponded with four unan­swered runs, two each in the bot­tom of the sixth and eighth, to come to within one run Wed­nes­day night at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf.

While hold­ing Som­er­set score­less in the top of the ninth, the Blue Crabs of­fense had one final at-bat in the bot­tom of the frame.

D’Arby Myers led off the in­ning with a sin­gle to cen­ter field, but the last three bat­ters were re­tired, the last be­ing on Zach Wil­son grounder back to Som­er­set closer Jon Hun­ton, who threw it over to first base for the game’s final out as the Pa­tri­ots held off the Blue Crabs late rally for the 5-4 win and take the first two games of a three-game se­ries that ended Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Hun­ton, the 6-foot-9 left­hander, picked up his ninth save of the sea­son and is the At­lantic League’s all-time ca­reer leader in saves with 137, which was pre­vi­ously held by for­mer Blue Crab Jim Ed War­den.

“We kept fight­ing when we were down and guys didn’t stop play­ing,” Blue Crabs man­ager Jeremy Owens said. “Som­er­set just had some good at-bats, but I’m not go­ing to lose sleep over this game. We gave our­selves a chance in the bot­tom of the ninth with the game-win­ning run at the plate, we just fell short.”

South­ern Mary­land (14-26 over­all), which is in last place in the Free­dom Di­vi­sion, 11 games be­hind first-place York, snapped a four-game los­ing streak Thurs­day af­ter­noon in a 4-0 win over the Pa­tri­ots with 2003 La Plata High School grad­u­ate Daryl Thomp­son pick­ing up his first win of the sea­son af­ter go­ing seven in­nings of shutout ball. Ja­mar Wal­ton’s RBI dou­ble in the fourth and Wil­son’s three-run homer in the eighth pro­vided See CRABS Page B3

PHOTO BY BERT HINDMAN

Blue Crabs left fielder Ja­mar Wal­ton fin­ished 3 for 4 at the plate with three RBIs and a run scored in Wed­nes­day’s 5-4 loss to Som­er­set in the sec­ond of a three­game se­ries at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf.

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