Blue Crabs take se­ries in Sugar Land

Sex­ton al­lows just one run as team wins sec­ond straight

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

Af­ter snap­ping a five-game los­ing streak in Tues­day’s 6-5 win in Game 2 ver­sus Sugar Land to even the three-game se­ries at 1 win apiece, the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs looked to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing on Wed­nes­day night.

Be­hind the strong pitch­ing from starter Tim Sex­ton and some key hits of­fen­sively, South­ern Mary­land de­liv­ered with a 5-2 vic­tory over the Skeeters to take the se­ries at Con­stel­la­tion Field in Texas.

“The guys did a great job and were see­ing the ball well and ahead of the counts,” said Blue Crabs man­ager Jeremy Owens af­ter Wed­nes­day’s win. “Great job all around and win­ning the se­ries builds con­fi­dence. We have to keep on tak­ing care

of the lit­tle things and play with a sense of ur­gency.”

Sex­ton (2-2), the 6-foot-6 right-han­der from Bal­ti­more, went seven in­nings and al­lowed just one run on four hits with six strike­outs and two walks for his sec­ond win of the sea­son.

“Tim kept the ball down and pitched well and the de­fense re­ally back him up,” Owens said. “The first half has been a strug­gle, but our of­fense and de­fense is ca­pa­ble of do­ing great things when the puz­zle comes to­gether.”

South­ern Mary­land (2136 over­all, sit­ting in fourth place, 12 games be­hind York in the At­lantic League’s

Free­dom) had 11 hits in the game. The Blue Crabs broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth then added runs in the fifth and sixth to even­tu­ally se­cure the vic­tory.

The Blue Crabs kicked off eight-game home­s­tand on Thurs­day as they took on divi­sion leader York in the

first of a four-game set. The se­ries con­tin­ues through­out the week­end, then Sugar Land comes in for four games start­ing Mon­day.

Sugar Land (30-29), is are four games back of York for first place in the Free­dom Divi­sion. The Skeeters fin­ished with just six hits and left eight run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion in the game. The Blue Crabs left 10 run­ners on.

With the score knot­ted at 1, South­ern Mary­land took a one-run lead on a one-out RBI sin­gle by D’Arby My­ers, scor­ing Kuan-Jen Chen.

The Blue Crabs went up 4-1 in the fifth on a two-out, two-run triple by Chen, one of three Blue Crabs with two hits each on the night. My­ers and Michael Sny­der were the oth­ers.

Blue Crabs third base­man Bryant Nel­son then drove in My­ers on a two-out sin­gle in the sixth to cap off the team’s scor­ing. Sugar Land put one more across in the eighth, but it wasn’t enough.

Cody Ep­p­ley re­tired the Skeeters in or­der in the ninth for his 12th save of the sea­son.

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