Blue Crabs on a roll after com­plet­ing Texas trip

Team moves into first place in Free­dom Di­vi­sion, rid­ing 5-game win streak

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

After open­ing their week­long Texas trip with a set­back, the South­ern Mar yland Blue Crabs quickly re­gained their win­ning ways and fought through the heat and hu­mid­ity and their ri­vals to end the jour­ney on a five-game win streak that has cat­a­pulted into sole posses­sion of first place in the Free­dom Di­vi­sion of the At­lantic League.

South­ern Mary­land (29-23 over­all) has won its last five games in a va­ri­ety of ways and it now owns a one-game lead over the Lan­caster Barn­storm­ers in the Free­dom Di­vi­sion after ral­ly­ing from a 4-2 deficit to up­end the Su­gar Land Skeeters, 9-4, on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon at Con­stel­la­tion Field. The Blue Crabs will host the New Bri­tain Bees in a three-game set be­gin­ning at 6:35 tonight at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf.

“Right now it’s just a to­tal team ef­fort,” South­ern Mary­land first-year man­ager John Har­ris said. “We’re get­ting good pitch­ing, we’re play­ing good de­fense and we’re get­ting timely hit­ting. Ev­ery­one is play­ing with a lot of con­fi­dence and they’re all play­ing well. It’s tough to come to Texas and win five of six games. It’s aw­fully hot [there].”

Har­ris did not want to high­light any player in par­tic­u­lar dur­ing the suc­cess­ful road trip, but Zach Cone was a ma­jor fac­tor in help­ing the Blue Crabs erase a 4-2 deficit and even­tu­ally pre­vail.

South­ern Mary­land sent 11 bat­ters to the plate in the top of the sev­enth in­ning and scored five times, with Cone break­ing a 4-4 dead­lock by de­liv­er­ing a two-run sin­gle. For good

PHOTO BY BERT HINDMAN

Gaby Her­nan­dez, pic­tured here in a May 1 home con­test ver­sus Su­gar Land, limited the Skeeters to two runs on five hits in seven in­nings and fanned eight while not is­su­ing a walk in a 3-2 Blue Crabs win in Texas on Tues­day night. Her­nan­dez im­proved his record to 4-1 and had an At­lantic League-best 2.17 ERA as of Wed­nes­day.

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