WP: J. Berg (3-2), LP: J. Gardner (8-5), TIME: 3:06
(Lancaster PA., September 3rd 2015) —Southern
Maryland, needing a win to salvage the series pulled out a tight victory in
Lancaster by the final of 7-6.
Southern Maryland cracked the scoreboard first in the game
scoring a run in the first on a Craig Maddox double allowing Fred Lewis to
score to make it 1-0. Lancaster counter punched in the bottom of the
frame. Jerry Owens led off the inning with a line drive single to left,
and advanced to second on a groundout by Zach Collier. RHP Justin Berg
then uncorked a wild pitch to send Owens over to third base for Kent Matthes,
who lashed a single to right to score Owens to knot the game at 1-1.
Lancaster took the lead for the first time in the bottom of
the second inning. Lance Zawadzki started the rally by banging a single
to center field. Three batters later with Anderson Feliz at the plate
Zawadzki stole third base. On the very next pitch Berg’s slider kicked
away from catcher Keith Castillo for a pass ball allowing Zawadzki to score to
make it 2-1 Barnstormers.
In the top of the third, Southern Maryland tied the game
when Casey Stevenson lifted a homerun over the wall in right field. In
the bottom half of the inning, Kent Matthes reached base with a one out single,
and scored two batters later when Brian Cavazos-Galves ripped a single to bring
the score to 3-2 Lancaster.
Fast forward to the top of the sixth inning, Craig Maddox
lined a double to right center field with one out to put the tying run in
scoring position. The next hitter Zach Wilson climbed in and roped a
double to left center to score Maddox to tie the game at 3-3. In the top
of the seventh, Casey Frawley scored on a 6-4-3 double play groundout off the
bat of Antone DeJesus to pad the Blue Crabs lead to 5-3.
Southern Maryland broke out offensively in the top of the
inning, and Keith Castillo tripled with one out. Antone DeJesus then
reached base on an error by the first baseman Cavazos-Galves to put baserunners
at the corners. Fred Lewis climbed in next, and laced a single out to
center field to score Castillo. The next hitter Casey Stevenson walked to
reload the bases, and on the very first offering to Zach Wilson, RHP Blake Hassebrock
uncorked a wild pitch to allowing Antone DeJesus to score to bring the score to
6-3. A couple of batters later Bryant Nelson ripped a single to right
field to allowing Fred Lewis to score to make it 7-3 Southern Maryland.
Things got very dicey in the bottom of the ninth. RHP
Cody Eppley came out of the bullpen to pitch, and dealt a walk to Brian
Cavazos-Galves to start things. Lance Zawazdki then ripped a double out
to left center to score Cavazos-Galves all the way from first. A couple
of batters later, Charlie Cutler singled to put runners at first and
third. After Anderson Feliz struck out Jerry Owens slashed a single to
right field to score Lance Zawadzki to make it 7-5. Zach Collier dug into
the batter’s box and banged out a single to center to score Charlie Cutler to
make it a one run ballgame. Cody Eppley was then able to stop the
bleeding by inducing a fly ball out to center field to end the ballgame, and
give the Blue Crabs the 7-6 win.
RHP Justin Berg got the spot start on the mound for Southern
Maryland, going six innings, allowing three runs, on six hits, and striking out
three to pick up the victory. Offensively, eight of the nine hitters in
the starting lineup for the Blue Crabs got a hit, while Craig Maddox had a
gigantic night at the dish, going 4-5 with two RBIs.
Southern Maryland will continue their seven game road trip
by beginning a four game series over the weekend with the Long Island
Ducks. The first pitch is set for 6:35 P.M. Tomorrow evening.