The Lexington County Blowfish couldn't capitalize on a quality start from Shane Connolly as they fall at home to the Savannah Bananas 9-3. Connolly returned to his early season form in this one going 6 innings, striking out 8, and giving up 1 run. The Savannah bats looked fooled at times with Connolly using his changeup effectively to keep them off-balance.
The Blowfish got on the board first with a James McConnon RBI single in the bottom of the 3rd. Lexington County tacked on another run in the next inning courtesy of lead-off double from Ian Jenkins and an RBI double from Trace Whetsell to push their lead to 2-0. The Bananas got a run back in their half of the 6th on a Jake Sullivan RBI single, but quickly surrendered that run back to the Blowfish in the bottom half of the inning off another RBI from Whetsell, giving Lexington County 3-1 lead heading to the 7th.
The Bananas were quick to prove that no lead is safe against them. Jacob Rye came in to relieve Connolly to start the 7th and was greeted with a Kyler Marquis triple to lead off the inning and a Gabe Howell RBI single. Following a sacrifice bunt, Mike Williams hit the second triple in the inning to score Howell and tie the game at 3. Bill Leroy then hit a sacrifice fly to give the Bananas a 4-3 lead.
After the Blowfish failed to respond in the bottom of the 7th, Savannah tacked on 5 insurance runs in the top of the 8th to give themselves a comfortable 9-3 lead late in the game. The Lexington County bullpen combination of Rye and Bryan Callaly combined to give up 7 runs in their 2 innings. Savannah relief pitcher Nate Peterson came in to preserve the lead and did just that, striking out 5 Blowfish batters and giving up no runs over the final 3 innings.
The loss drops Lexington County to 4-3 in the second half of the Coastal Plain League season and 11-21 overall. They are still tied for 1st place in the division for the second half with the Florence Redwolves. The Blowfish return to action tomorrow in a pair of split squad matchups. At home one Blowfish squad will play in an exhibition game against the Catawba Valley Stars, while the other squad goes on the road in a rematch against Savannah. Both games start at 7:05.