Updated August 02 2015
The Lexington County Blowfish swam into Sparrow Stadium and spiked the Florence RedWolves, handing them their twenty-seventh loss of the season, with a 6-3 victory Sunday night.
Errors plagued the RedWolves all night, committing six as a team; the most they have committed in one game this season.
Lexington County scored six runs on the night, with the first coming in the beginning frame. All of the action took place with two outs in the inning, starting with singles from JD Crowe, Tyler Lancaster, and Danny Edgeworth. Edgeworth’s single spotted into right field, but the throw back to the infield was arrant, allowing the runners to move station to station for the first run.
Florence took the lead in the bottom of the third, striking back with two runs. Adam Renwick and Douglas Ard both singled, giving Chaz Pal a sacrifice attempt, moving both runners into scoring potion with one out. Nathan Wierzgac then grounded out to third, but on the slow roller, Renwick was able to score tying the game at 1-1. Ben Holland followed with an RBI single into right field, pushing Ard across the plate to take the 2-1 lead.
The Blowfish puffed right back up, retaliating with two runs of their own in the fourth. After two walks and two strikeouts, Austin Garcia belted a 2-RBI double into left field, taking a one run advantage over their instate rival, 3-2.
In the fifth, Lexington County scored their fourth run coming off an RBI single from Derek Olenchuck, scoring JD Crowe, who reached on an error by the RedWolves shortstop, Adam Renwick.
The RedWolves were able to get within one of the Blowfish in the bottom of the sixth. Nick Nunziato opened the inning with a double to centerfield, and Chris Adams drove in Nunziato off of a double of his own down the left field line.
Trevor Hutto, Lexington’s starter, tossed a solid six innings, relenting three runs on seven hits, two walks, and five strikeouts.
With the RedWolves down by two in the eighth, they presented their best chance of trying to make something happen, but came up short. Florence was able to work the bases loaded with nobody out, though the Blowfish pitching staff was able to work out of the jam. Eric Davis started the inning, but gave up a single and two walks. Brandon White entered and was able to keep the Blowfish’s lead in tact, getting Andrew Castillo to fly out and striking out the next two hitters, in Adams and Renwick.
Josh Reagan started for Florence, but exited the game with two outs in the fifth inning. Reagan gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits two walks and five strikeouts picking up the loss (0-2).
Michael Gilroy pitched the ninth for the Blowfish to pick up his first save of the year.
Hutto moves to (1-2) with the win.
Lexington County went on to beat the RedWolves by a score of 6-3, putting the Blowfish as a third seed in the Western Division of the CPL Playoffs.
Florence holds onto the fourth seed with their last game awaiting them in Gastonia Monday night. They sit at 27-27, 12-15 second half on the season.
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