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June 15, 2017
BLUE CRABS TAKE THE LEAD IN FREEDOM DIVISION
Southern Maryland Moves to First with Five Game Winning Streak
(Waldorf, MD., Jun. 15, 2017) – With just 18 days remaining in the first half of the Atlantic League season, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have retaken the lead in the Freedom Division.
The road to the top for the Blue Crabs was a long and winding path, as it often is in baseball. They headed into 2017 after their worst record in team history, finishing with a 57-83 record. With only eight players returning to the squad, the team started off strong, winning four of their first six games to take the lead in the division early. The momentum drifted away quickly, losing five of seven and falling in the division standings. The team then had to face the struggle of losing their ace pitcher, Justin De Fratus, as well as starting second baseman, Danny Muno. Both players were picked up in May by the Seattle Mariners organization, coming just two days apart.
The team stumbled through the next few weeks, going 3-7 in the 10 games following the signings. The injury bug then reared its head, as on May 20th lead-off hitter Gary Brown went down with back spasms. The Blue Crabs returned home for a series with the division-leading Lancaster Barnstormers, trailing them by five games.
The Blue Crabs starting pitchers carried the team through the series, allowing just four runs in the series, winning three in a row against the Barnstormers. The team won eight of their next 10 games, moving to second in the division, closing the gap to just two games.
The Blue Crabs took their new momentum to Sugar Land, ready to face the Skeeters in a six-game series. Led by the Bash Brothers, Michael Snyder and Zach Wilson, the team worked to mix small ball with the potent long ball. Snyder and Wilson combined for three homeruns, seven RBI’s, and nine runs scored, leading the offense, as the team took five of six games in the series. The successful road-trip was enough for the Blue Crabs to regain the division lead for the first time since May 2nd.
“This team has fought all season long,” said Manager John Harris. “We’ve battled the losses of some key players, either by injury or signing, but the guys never gave up. It feels great to have a chance to clinch a playoff berth sometime in the next two weeks.”
The Blue Crabs will look to carry their momentum back to Southern Maryland. The team will face the New Britain Bees for a three-game series, carrying a five-game winning streak into the series. First pitch in the series is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Friday at Regency Furniture Stadium, with Daryl Thompson (4-3, 2.95 ERA) slated to take the mound.
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About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: The Blue Crabs play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Blue Crabs play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland with affordable family fun. The franchise will open its tenth anniversary season on Thursday April 20, 2017. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to reserve your seat at the ballpark today!
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