Blue Crabs earn se­ries win in Som­er­set

Wig­gins grand slam lifts team to win in rub­ber match

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

Over the week­end the Southern Mary­land Blue Crabs put to­gether an­other strong se­ries thanks to solid pitch­ing, de­fense and timely hit­ting.

The Blue Crabs wrapped up the three-game se­ries on Sun­day evening with a 6-1 vic­tory over the Som­er­set Pa­tri­ots in New Jer­sey at TD Bank Ball­park.

Southern Mary­land (51-47 over­all, 13-16 sec­ond half) pro­duced a five-run fourth which proved to be just enough to take the se­ries rub­ber match over the Pa­tri­ots.

It shut out Som­er­set 5-0 in game two on Satur­day af­ter fall­ing in the se­ries opener on Fri­day, 1-0. The se­ries win marked the sec­ond straight se­ries that the Blue Crabs had won.

“The last two nights that we won we just had timely hit­ting and got strong pitch­ing,” said Blue Crabs man­ager James Fris­bie. “It was just great to see ev­ery­one con­trib­ute and pick each other up in the se­ries. If we con­tinue to play the way we did we can beat any­one in this league.”

The Blue Crabs were sched­uled to kick off the first of a three-game road trip on Mon­day in Long Is­land, but the se­ries opener was post­poned due to in­clement weather. The game was moved as part of a dou­ble­header on Tues­day with the first game kick­ing off at 6 p.m., while the sec­ond game is set to start at 8:30 p.m. The the se­ries fi­nale was sched­uled for tonight at 6:35 p.m.

On Sun­day, the Pa­tri­ots (5642, 14-14), the first half Lib­erty Divi­sion cham­pi­ons, took a 1-0 lead in the bot­tom of the third in­ning on a RBI sin­gle by Kyle Roller.

In the fourth, the Blue Crabs, who fin­ished with 12 hits in the game, jumped on Som­er­set starter Will Oliver with three straight sin­gles to load the bases. A passed ball scored

Michael Sny­der to tie the game be­fore a Pa­trick Palmiero walk again loaded the bases.

Blue Crabs catcher Ryan Wig­gins then made the game-break­ing play with a two-out grand slam to push the lead to 5-1. It was the sec­ond grand slam of the sea­son for Wig­gins.

“I just want to put a cou­ple RBIs each game to help the team,” said Wig­gins. “It was a good pitch and I was able to put one over the wall. It was a huge se­ries win for us and we are start­ing to play well right now.”

Southern Mary­land added a run in the top of the sev­enth on a RBI sin­gle by Ed­win Garcia, who con­trib­uted a game-high three hits.

Blue Crabs starter Drew Hayes (6-5) picked up the win af­ter giv­ing up just one un­earned run over six in­nings of work. He logged one strike­out and walked one.

Oliver (4-3) suf­fered the loss for the Pa­tri­ots, as he yielded six runs on 10 hits with six strike­outs over 6 1/3 in­nings.

On Satur­day Blue Crabs starter Daryl Thomp­son (6-6) picked up the win with seven score­less in­nings pitched with six strike­outs.

Cory Vaughn put the Blue Crabs on the board in the top of the first in­ning on a RBI ground­out. L.J. Hoes made things 2-0 on an RBI sin­gle in the sixth frame. The Blue Crabs ex­tended the lead in the ninth on a solo home run by Zach Cone, his ninth of the sea­son, and a two-run shot by Luis Alen to cap off the scor­ing.

In Game 1, Roller pro­vided all the of­fense that Som­er­set needed with a solo homer in the sec­ond in­ning.

It was a pitcher’s duel as Som­er­set starter David Ku­biak (5-8) pitched seven score­less in­nings and struck out seven bat­ters to earn the win. Blue Crabs start­ing pitcher Gaby Her­nan­dez (8-2) was sad­dled with the loss, al­low­ing one earned run on three hits with seven strike­outs. Closer Ron­nie Sha­ban got the save for Som­er­set af­ter pitch­ing a score­less ninth.

PHOTO BY BERT HINDMAN

Blue Crabs start­ing pitcher Drew Hayes picked the win on the hill in Sun­day’s 6-1 vic­tory over the Som­er­set Pa­tri­ots in a rub­ber match of a three-game se­ries. The right han­der did not al­low a earned run on five hits with one strike­out in six in­nings of work.

PHOTO BY BERT HINDMAN

Blue Crabs catcher Ryan Wig­gins de­liv­ered with his sec­ond grand slam of the sea­son in Sun­day’s 6-1 vic­tory over the Som­er­set Pa­tri­ots in a rub­ber match of a three-game se­ries to help spur a five run fourth in­ning at TD Bank Ball­park in New Jer­sey.

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