The Lexington County Blowfish and the Florence Redwolves met for their first of 15 games this season on Tuesday night. The Palmetto State rivalry always has exciting plays and big hits that keep audiences engaged in the action.
Victor Santana (Shorter University) took the mound for the Blowfish as they returned home following a thrilling 7-6 win over the Gastonia Grizzlies. The game got off to an inauspicious start as Lexington surrendered five runs in the first inning. Santana would settle down after allowing thos initial six hits but that turned out to be all the Florence Redwolves would need in this one.
The Blowfish would get one run back in the bottom of the first with an RBI single from Carson "Mac" McCurdy (Mt Olive). Lexington County added two more runs in the second inning thanks to RBIs by McCurdy and Lexington native Sean Parsons (NGU). The Blowfish offense would continue to rack up the hits throughout the game, but they were unable to cash in on opportunities with runners in scoring position on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, the Florence Redwolves five run cushion was well protected by the effort from starting pitcher Michael Kuypers (Mars Hill). Through six innings, Kuypers surrended 11 hits but stranded a bunch of Blowfish baserunners, allowing just four runs over those six innings of work. Josh Plummer (Tennessee) on his birthday, provided a strong three innings of relief to close the door on Lexington County. Plummers worked three innings, giving up just five hits, striking out six batters, and holding the Blowfish scoreless down the stretch.
As mentioned previously, the Blowfish had a very solid offensive output, with McCurdy, Parsons, and Chaney Rogers (UGA) tallying RBIs. Rogers pushed his hitting streak to four games tonight, and Jared Williams (NGU) bounced back from 0-6 night in Gastonia with a single to lead off the game and he also scored a run.
The offense of the Florence Redwolves was just too much for Lexington County tonight, as Redwolves hitters were able to find the holes in the defense, force the Blowfish to make mistakes, and get the cushion built up early in the game.
The Blowfish are on the road the next two nights, with trips to Fayetteville to take on the Swampdogs on Wednesday night. Following that, Lexington will travel to Savannah to take on the divisional rival Bananas for the first time this season. Both games start at 7:05 pm.