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Blue Sox Drop Two close Games in Doubleheader with the Swamp Bats
The Blue Sox came out of the gate hot in Game 1. Singles by Joe Lomuscio and Carter Williams put runners on base, and Travis Holt would reach base on a fielder’s choice later in the inning, tying the score at one after one inning.
Valley would take the lead in the second, as Cody Littlejohn would blast his third home run of the season over the center field wall at Alumni Field. After two innings, it was 2-1 Valley. Keene would score three unanswered runs in the fifth and sixth innings, taking a 4-2 lead.
The Blue Sox would inch back in the bottom of the sixth inning. Isaac Alexander doubled to left with one out, moving to third on a Collin Mathews fly out, and scoring on a wild pitch. The comeback would fall just short, as Keene would take Game 1 by a 4-3 final.
In the loss, Lane Flamm tossed the first 5.2 innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits. Lucas Sweany pitched the final 1.1 innings, and did not allow a hit while striking out one.
In Game 2 of the twin bill, the Blue Sox struck first. Joe Lomuscio doubled to begin the ballgame, and came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Griffin Lockwood-Powell. With hits in both ends of the doubleheader, Lockwood-Powell extended his hitting streak to seven straight games.
Down 2-1 in the top half of the 4thinning, the Blue Sox would climb back to take the lead. Danny Ryan began the scoring by grounding into a fielder’s choice, scoring Lockwood-Powell. Michael Wroth followed that with a single to center, scoring Richard Constantine. On the 14thpitch of his at-bat, Matt Richardson would finally beat starter David Johnson, singling to center field to plate a run. In the inning, the Blue Sox sent eight batters to the plate, recording five hits and three runs.
Keene would strike for two runs of their own on a two-run home run, and the teams needed extra innings to decide Game 2. In the 9thand final inning, Michael Wroth laid down a sacrifice bunt, advancing Carter Williams to 3rdbase. Pinch-hitter Nate Monastra lined a ball that ate up the Swamp Bats’ second baseman, allowing Williams to score on the eventual groundout.
The Swamp Bats would strike for two runs in the bottom of the inning, winning the game, 6-5.
In the loss, Endy Morales pitched the first 5.2 innings for the Blue Sox. The former Robin Roberts Award-winner gave up four runs (two earned) on seven hits. Korey Bell tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless ball out of the bullpen, striking out two. Despite being the losing pitcher, Sean Hupp continues his streak of not allowing an earned run this season.
The Blue Sox return to action on Wednesday night, as they travel to Cardines Field to battle the Newport Gulls. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM.