WP: J. Leicester (1-0), LP: J. Gardner (0-1), TIME: 2:53
(Waldorf, MD September 25th 2015)—The
best of five series of the Freedom Division championship shifted to Southern
Maryland for game three. Southern Maryland holds home field advantage
with games three, four, and five being held at Regency Furniture Stadium.
In game three this evening, RHP Jon Leicester followed in
the footsteps of game starter Daryl Thompson. Leicester picked up the
win, going six innings, allowing just a run on five hits, and striking out six
sending the Blue Crabs to the 6-1 victory.
The other story of the ballgame was the timely offense in
opportune times for Southern Maryland. The Blue Crabs got on the board
early in the bottom of the first scoring four runs on three hits. Both
Fred Lewis and Casey Stevenson reached base on infield singles. After
Zach Wilson walked to load the bases, Reggie Abercrombie came up to bat and
drew the walk to push the first run of the ballgame across to make it
1-0. A couple of batters later with two in scoring position, Jamar Walton
ripped a two run single to right field to cap off the four run inning.
RHP Joe Gardner settled down though for Lancaster. In
fact, Joe sat down six straight hitters, and retired 11 of 13. Gardner
also struck out eight batters on the evening.
Lancaster got on the board in the top of the second on an
Anderson Feliz RBI single that proved to be the only run of the night for Lancaster.
Southern Maryland added a run in the seventh on a Casey
Frawley solo homerun over the wall in left. In the eighth, Craig Maddox
lashed a single to right field to score Jovan Rosa to add the insurance runs
Southern Maryland needed.
The bullpen combination of RHP Orlando Santos, and RHP Cody
Eppley each pitched a combined scoreless three innings to send the Blue Crabs
Tomorrow the Blue Crabs will have the opportunity to win the
series in game four in their home ballpark of Regency Furniture Stadium.
The first pitch for game four of the best of five series is set for 6:35
P.M. RHP Shunsuke Watanabe (7-5, 2.94) will toss for Lancaster, while RHP
Tim Sexton (1-1, 3.54) will get the start on the hill for the Blue Crabs.