The Blowfish traveled to Florence to face the dvision foe Redwolves for the first time in 2019. This was the first game in the newly christened I-20 Rivalry Series, presented by Ruby Tuesday. It was an overcast, muggy night that never saw a single gust of wind.
Lexington's bats started quickly, as Tyler Corbitt worked a leadoff single, and Jimmy Marcelli executed a hit and run to perfection that allowed runners to be on the corners early. Zacchaeus Rasberry worked an RBI walk and Josiah Sightler hit a sacrifice fly to bring home the first runs of the game. The second inning would go much the same way, with RBI singles for Houston Wright and Jimmy Marcelli to extend the Blowfish lead to 4-0.
The "big inning" curse hit Lexington County again, as the Redwolves batted around in the bottom of the second, sending home six Florence runs and tallying six hits as well.
The Blowfish responded by pulling starter Zach Williams and asking for a long night from their bullpen. Jacob Rye was the stopper called upon in the third and he was sensational. Rye worked three scoreless frames in relief before turning it over to Sheldon Reed in the sixth inning, and Will Abbott in the seventh and eighth.
Lexington County, trailing 6-4 in the fourth, were finally able to respond to an opposition's big inning with a consistent offensive approach of their own. Three runs scored for the Blowfish in the fourth inning thanks to productive and long at-bats by the bottom of the lineup. A 7-6 lead was quickly doubled in the fifth inning as Josiah Sightler caught up with a pitch and sent it to deep right-center field to give the Blowfish an 8-6 lead.
Both bullpens would take control, tossing several scoreless frames each late in the game. In the ninth inning, with the score still 8-6, Josiah Sightler again made heavy contact ticketing an RBI double to the left center field alley that scored Zacchaeus Rasberry to extend the Blowfish lead to 9-6. Lexington County would tack on two more runs to take an 11-6 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Closer Grayson Stoneking struck out the Florence side of the ninth after allowing a leadoff single and walk to put two Redwolves runners on to seal the 11-6 win for Lexington County.
The win moves the Blowfish into sole posession of third place in the South Division, and to 2-3 on the early season. Lexington County heads to Macon tomorrow for their first game of the season against the Bacon.