(September 30, 2015 –
Bridgewater, NJ) The Blue Crabs entered today’s championship series opener
as freedom division champions following a 3-1 series win over Lancaster. The
key to Southern Maryland’s success was its pitching, and today’s 7-3 victory
highlighted that. Daryl Thompson, like against Lancaster, took the ball for the
opening game and twirled a strong 7.2 IP outing. Fred Lewis and Zach Wilson
home runs helped seal the deal in the Blue Crabs win.
Mickey Storey was the starter for the Patriots and found
success early, twirling a perfect 9 up, 9 down three innings to start the game,
the second time around the Crabs’ bats adapted to the Patriots game plan. Fred
Lewis lead off the fourth with a walk, Jake Opitz followed with a single, and
the Zach Wilson singled to score Fred. Somerset answered quickly in the bottom
of the frame as David Vidal smashed a two run home run over the right field
However, the Blue Crabs took to the challenge and put up a
four run fifth inning, highlighted by a Fred Lewis three run moonshot of a
homerun. Casey Frawley helped the cause as well with an RBI single prior to
Lewis’ home run.
Storey’s night was done in the sixth following a Jamar
Walton walk. He went 5.1 IP, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks.
Daryl Thompson cruised through two scoreless six and seventh
innings. His night ended in the eighth on a Michael Burgess solo home run,
making it 5-3 Southern Maryland. Justin Berg came on in relief and got the one
out needed to send the game to the ninth. The final inning featured a final
blow of offense, as Zach Wilson blasted a 2-1 pitch into RF for a two run home
run, settling the score at 7-3.
Thompson went 7.2 IP, allowing three runs, only two were
earned, on five hits and 139 pitches. That pitch count comes one shy of the 140
thrown in game one of the division series game one win. Justin Berg and Cody
Eppley came on for scoreless relief in eighth and ninth respectively.
Fred Lewis went 1-4 with the home run along with some strong
defensive plays. Jake Opitz made his first start of the playoffs at third base,
he went 2-5. Bryant Nelson went 3-4 with a run scored.
Tomorrow is game two of the best of five championship
series, Brian Burres will take the mound for the Blue Crabs in Somerset.