3 Blue Crabs named to At­lantic League all-star team

Sny­der, Her­nan­dez, Ep­p­ley re­ceive post­sea­son hon­ors

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By PAUL WAT­SON pwat­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @PWSoMdS­ports

The 2017 sea­son for the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs fin­ished with an­other trip to the play­offs, fall­ing to York in the Free­dom Di­vi­sion Cham­pi­onship Se­ries.

Wed­nes­day, three Blue Crabs play­ers were re­warded for their out­stand­ing play dur­ing the cam­paign by be­ing named to the At­lantic League Post­sea­son All-Star Team.

Se­lected were first base­man Michael Sny­der, start­ing pitcher Gaby Her­nan­dez and closer Cody Ep­p­ley. Her­nan­dez was a unan­i­mous se­lec­tion.

Other se­lec­tions were York catcher Isa­ias Te­jeda, Sugar Land sec­ond base­man Josh Prince, New Bri­tain third base­man Jo­van Rosa, Bridge­port short­stop Luis Her­nan­dez, York out­fielder Alonzo Har­ris, Long Is­land out­fielder Marc Krauss, Lan­caster out­fielder Sean Hal­ton, Som­er­set des­ig­nated hitter Kyle Roller and York re­lief pitcher Chase Huch­ing­son. Har­ris was a unan­i­mous se­lec­tion.

“We are very to have such a pleased strong show­ing on the At­lantic League’s Post-Sea­son Al­lS­tar Team,” Blue Crabs gen­eral man­ager Courtney Knichel said in a team news re­lease Wed­nes­day an­nounc­ing the se­lec­tions. “Sny­der, Her­nan­dez and Ep­p­ley were such great con­trib­u­tors to our club all sea­son long and we are happy to see them re­ceive this honor.”

Sny­der, who also was a des­ig­nated hitter for the Blue Crabs this sea­son, hit 25 home runs with 72 RBIs and 34 dou­bles dur­ing the 2017 sea­son. That ranked the third-year Blue Crab sec­ond, ninth and fourth in the league, re­spec­tively.

Her­nan­dez fin­ished his sixth sea­son with South­ern Mary­land, com­pil­ing an 11-4 record with an ERA of 2.80 and 150 strike­outs. Her­nan­dez was tops in the league in ERA among start­ing pitch­ers and in strike­outs. He also tied the Blue Crabs’ sin­gle-sea­son strike­out record for the sec­ond straight sea­son. His 11 wins were tied for third over­all in the league with Sugar Land’s Jake Hale, a for­mer Blue Crab.

Ep­p­ley, com­plet­ing his third sea­son with the Blue Crabs, was the league leader in saves with 32 and now is sixth all time in league his­tory with 73. He ap­peared in 58 games in 2017 and threw 55 1/3 in­nings with a 2.43 ERA.

Sny­der, Her­nan­dez and Ep­p­ley all were se­lec­tions to the Free­dom Di­vi­sion all-star team who ap­peared in the At­lantic League All-Star Game in mid-July. The three helped the Free­dom de­feat the Lib­erty Di­vi­sion in the 20th an­nual event at TD Bank Ball­park in Bridge­wa­ter, N.J., home to the Som­er­set Pa­tri­ots.

South­ern Mary­land won the Free­dom firsthalf cham­pi­onship with an 8-3 win over Lan­caster on Aug. 14, clinch­ing its sixth play­off berth in fran­chise his­tory which was cel­e­brat­ing its 10th an­niver­sary in 2017.

The Blue Crabs went 3931 in first-half play. Af­ter a rocky sec­ond half of the reg­u­lar sea­son, fin­ish­ing just 28-42 af­ter los­ing its fi­nal six games to wrap up a 67-73 over­all record, they headed to the Free­dom Di­vi­sion Cham­pi­onship Se­ries as the first-half cham­pion.

South­ern Mary­land ended up fall­ing 3 games to 1 to the sec­ond-half cham­pion York Rev­o­lu­tion, los­ing 5-1 in Game 4 at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf on Sept. 23.

York claimed its third At­lantic League cham­pi­onship in fran­chise his­tory six days later, sweep­ing the Lib­erty Di­vi­sion se­ries cham­pion Long Is­land Ducks in three games.

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