Blue Crabs com­plete se­ries in Lan­caster

Teams split two dou­ble­head­ers

The Enterprise - - Sports - TED BLACK

With the sea­son rapidly wind­ing to a close and the squad al­ready elim­i­nated from post­sea­son play, the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs were seek­ing a hint of re­spectabil­ity when they faced the Lan­caster Barn­storm­ers in Penn­syl­va­nia.

On Mon­day af­ter­noon, one day af­ter their orig­i­nal dou­ble­header was post­poned by heavy rains, South­ern Mary­land (4773 over­all, 21-36 sec­ond half) split its lat­est twin­bill with the Barn­storm­ers at an im­promptu neu­tral site. Due to per­sis­tent rains, the field at Clip­per Mag­a­zine Sta­dium, where the Barn­storm­ers play their home games, was deemed un­playable and the two squads headed to Millersville Univer­sity’s Cooper Park.

in the ab­bre­vi­ated night­cap at Millersville — the game was halted af­ter five in­nings be­cause Cooper Park does not have lights — the Barn­storm­ers ral­lied for a 9-8 vic­tory in a gen­uine see-saw bat­tle.

Mon­day’s games capped a five-game se­ries with the two teams also split­ting a dou­ble­header on Satur­day and Lan­caster shut­ting out South­ern Mary­land on Fri­day. The Blue Crabs com­plete a two-game se­ries in New Jersey ver­sus Som­er­set tonight, then fin­ish the sea­son at home with a four-game se­ries ver­sus New Bri­tain start­ing Thurs­day.

In Game 2 Mon­day, South­ern Mary­land scored two runs in the top of the first in­ning on a two-run sin­gle by Frank Martinez, but the Barn­storm­ers re­sponded with four runs in the bot­tom of the first and added an­other in the sec­ond for a 5-2 lead. The Blue Crabs got to within 5-4 on an RBI dou­ble by Devon Ro­driguez and a sac­ri­fice fly by Martinez that plated Ro­driguez.

Lan­caster (69-51, 3126) added sin­gle runs in the third and fourth for a 7-4 lead, but the Blue Crabs re­sponded with four runs in the top of the fifth capped by a two-run sin­gle by Cory Vaughn that gave the vis­i­tors an 8-7 lead.

The lead did not last long as the Barn­storm­ers replied with two runs in the bot­tom of the fifth on an RBI sin­gle by An­der­son De La Rosa and a run-scor­ing ground­out by Stephen Perez for a 9-8 lead.

At the con­clu­sion of the fifth in­ning, with dark­ness loom­ing and lights un­avail­able, the two man­agers — South­ern Mary­land’s James Fris­bie and Lan­caster’s Ross Peeples — met with the um­pires and, af­ter a long dis­cus­sion, agreed not to con­tin- ue with the game was al­ready of­fi­cial at that point.

The set­back snapped the Blue Crabs’ two-game win streak. Despite al­low­ing four runs in top of the fifth, Daniel Carela picked up the win for the Barn­storm­ers, while Drake Brit­ton (4-6) took the loss for the Blue Crabs.

In the open­ing game of Mon­day’s twin-bill, South­ern Mary­land pre­vailed 7-2 despite a slow start.

Lan­caster took a 1-0 lead in the bot­tom of the third,

but the Blue Crabs re­sponded with three runs in the fourth. Angelys Nina de­liv­ered one run with a dou­ble and Vaughn fol­lowed with a two-run sin­gle.

South­ern Mary­land added two runs in the fifth as Lan­caster cen­ter fielder Dar­ian Sand­ford mis­played a fly ball by Vaughn, which was ruled a sin­gle.

The Barn­storm­ers got one run back in the fifth, but the Blue Crabs scored two runs in the top of the sev­enth. Devon Ro­driguez led off with a dou­ble and scored on a sin­gle by Martinez and Jon Grif­fin, who sin­gled in front of Martinez, scored on a wild pitch.

South­ern Mary­land starter Craig Stem (7-8) went five in­nings to get the win, while re­liev­ers Ryan Chaf­fee and Cody Ep­p­ley each pitched one score­less in­ning of re­lief.

Satur­day, the Blue Crabs split a dou­ble­header with the Barn­storm­ers, drop­ping the first game, 4-0, but ral­ly­ing to win the night­cap, 6-5, to end their six-game los­ing streak.

“We had had some tough games in the last week,” Fris­bie said. “Things didn’t start off well on Satur­day, but we fin­ished on a good note. Our bullpen came in and did a nice job keep­ing the game close and then Cory hit a three-run homer and Ed­win [Gar­cia] had a tworun dou­ble to give us the lead late and Cody closed it for us.”

In the night­cap, South­ern Mary­land spot­ted

Lan­caster a 4-0 lead in the bot­tom of the sec­ond be­fore scor­ing three runs in the fourth, one more in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Vaughn hit a three-run homer in the fourth and Gar­cia put the Blue Crabs in front with a two-run dou­ble in the sixth and Ep­p­ley al­lowed one run in the sev­enth to col­lect the save.

In the first game of the dou­ble­header, how­ever, the Blue Crabs could not gen­er­ate any of­fense against Lan­caster starter Nate Reed, who scat­tered four hits in six score­less in­nings and re­liever Huas­car Bra­zobon tossed a score­less sev­enth to record the save. South­ern Mary­land hurler Casey Del­gado al­lowed four runs in six in­nings and took the loss.

Fri­day, the Blue Crabs yielded four runs in the

bot­tom of the first and even­tu­ally fell, 4-3.

South­ern Mary­land starter David Wayne Russo al­lowed four runs in the bot­tom of the first but blanked the Barn­storm­ers over the next five in­nings. The Blue Crabs scored one run in the sec­ond and two more in the third against Lan­caster starter Jonathan Al­baladejo, but nei­ther team scored over the last six in­nings.

Thurs­day at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf, South­ern Mary­land spot­ted the Su­gar Land Skeeters six runs in the top of the first in the fi­nale of their three-game se­ries only to counter with seven runs in the bot­tom of the frame. Of course, that was hardly the end of the ex­cite­ment on this oc­ca­sion.

Su­gar Land drew even with a run in the top of

the fifth, only to watch the Blue Crabs re­claim the lead in the bot­tom half of the frame as Ro­driguez led off with a sin­gle and scored on a 2-out RBI sin­gle from Nina.

The Skeeters drew even at 8 in the top of the sixth, but the Blue Crabs re­claimed the lead in the bot­tom of the sev­enth on a Nina RBI dou­ble.

Fris­bie handed the ball to Ep­p­ley in the ninth, but the Skeeters opened with three straight sin­gles and Al­bert Cordero gave the vis­i­tors the lead with a one-out, two-run dou­ble. Ep­p­ley yielded an­other run on a wild pitch and Cordero even­tu­ally scored on an er­ror and the Skeeters emerged with a 12-9 vic­tory as their closer Felipe Paulino recorded his 32nd save in a shaky ninth in which the Blue Crabs failed to score and left the bases loaded.

South­ern Mary­land had few prob­lems scor­ing in the bot­tom of the first. Ryan Straus­borger opened the frame with a solo homer and later added an RBI sin­gle to cap the scor­ing in the frame. Fran­cisco Rosario tripled, while Vaughn and Grif­fin dou­bled in the in­ning and the Blue Crabs also got hits from Gar­cia, Martinez and Mad­dox dur­ing the seven-run first.

“It was def­i­nitely an in­ter­est­ing game,” Fris­bie said of Thurs­day’s slugfest. “They had a big in­ning to start and then we came right back with a big in­ning. From there it just kept go­ing back and forth. We had our chances to win it, but we couldn’t close it out. It was def­i­nitely a very in­ter­est­ing game to say the least.”

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