Blue Crabs walk-off Ducks in series finale

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(April 28th, 2015) – Coming off of a night where the Blue Crabs had just two hits in the final seven innings, Southern Maryland banged out seven hits and won the ballgame in walk-off fashion in the 10th inning to split the four-game series with the Long Island Ducks.

The scoring started early for Long Island as Bryan Sabatella and Cody Puckett both singled in the top of the first.  Jon Griffin then came up to the plate and drove in both baserunners with a single to right.  Long Island would score again in the second inning to bring the score to 3-0.  

Southern Maryland got on the board in the bottom of the second as Jamar Walton knocked in his first RBI of the season with a sacrifice fly, scoring Cyle Hankerd.

Both teams were held scoreless until the Blue Crabs came up in the bottom of the seventh and received a leadoff double from Jamar Walton.  Three batters later, Antone DeJesus came up to the plate and singled, scoring Walton to make it 3-2.

In the bottom of the eighth, Fred Lewis led off the inning with a walk.  He later moved up to second base on a passed ball.  Craig Maddox then came up with one out and doubled down the left field line to score Lewis and tie the game.

The Blue Crabs had a threat in the ninth, but Fred Lewis lined out to the third baseman Puckett with runners at second and third to end the threat.  Both teams were held scoreless in the ninth inning and with the game tied at three, the Blue Crabs came to bat and received a leadoff walk from Cyle Hankerd.  Maddox flied out to left, and Casey Stevenson followed with a ground ball single to right.  Jamar Walton stepped up to the plate and hit a dribbler to the right side.  The second Basemen Reegie Corona fielded it cleanly, went for the tag on Stevenson but missed and allowed Hankerd to score the winning run for the walk-off win.  

Right-hander Shaun Garceau went 8 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, while striking out three.  Justin Berg pitched a scoreless two innings out of the bullpen, picking up the win in the process.  On the Long Island side of things, Mark Rogers went just two and two-thirds of an inning and left the game with an injury.  Overall, the Ducks used six pitchers out of their bullpen.

The Blue Crabs hit the road for the first time this season to take on Lancaster in a three-game set.  LHP Matt Packer (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will start for Lancaster while RHP Gaby Hernandez (1-0, 1.50 ERA) will take the hill for Southern Maryland.  First pitch set for 7:00 P.M.

Time: 3:06

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