DUCKS EVEN SERIES WITH OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION

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(Waldorf, MD., Apr. 28, 2018) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (1-1) dropped game two against the Long Island Ducks (1-1) 12-2, behind 11 hits from the Long Island offense.

 

The Ducks got started early, as Jordany Valdespin led off the game with a single, and immediately stole second. A single from Tyler Holt put runners on the corners, with a fielder’s choice from Travis Snider scoring the opening run in the game.

 

The Blue Crabs looked to respond right away, as a two-out double from Ryan Strausborger put a runner in scoring position for Xavier Paul. The clean-up hitter came through with a single, but a strong throw from left fielder Daniel Fields cut down the runner at the plate.

 

A solo homerun from Cory Vaughn tied the game in the second, before the Long Island offense came alive in the third. Another single from Valdespin started the inning, before Sean O’Sullivan (0-1) issued a walk to Holt. Snider broke his bat on a ground ball to second that crossed up the infield, with the error loading the bases. Lew Ford capitalized on the bases loaded opportunity, picking up a two-RBI single. David Washington then crushed a three-run homerun, giving Long Island a comfortable 6-1 lead.

 

The Ducks added another in the fourth when Snider drove in Dan Lyons with a single. The Blue Crabs got one back in the fifth, cutting the deficit back to five runs. Joey Wong singled, before scoring from first on an Edwin Garcia double. Jake Fisher (1-0) stranded Garcia in scoring position in what proved to be his final inning on the hill for Long Island.

 

After a scoreless sixth, the offense picked back up in the seventh. A single from Valdespin and back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Ford once again. This time Ford was hit by the pitch, allowing Valdespin to score, adding another run to the tally.

 

Valdespin’s night wasn’t done though, as he added a three-run homerun in the eighth, his fourth hit of the night. The Ducks added another to the total on an RBI single from Washington, bringing the score to 12-2. Carlos Pimentel came on to finish out the game, getting the last six outs to secure the win for Long Island and even the series.

 

The Blue Crabs return to action Sunday, April 29th for the final game in the series against the Ducks. Southern Maryland will send RHP Brandon Cumpton to the make his Southern Maryland debut against veteran RHP John Brownell. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 P.M. on Sunday at Regency Furniture Stadium.

 

For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website at somdbluecrabs.com or call us at 301-638-9788.

 

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

The Blue Crabs play 126 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 begin its 11th season in April 2018. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

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BLUE CRABS OPEN SEASON WITH WIN OVER DUCKS

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(Waldorf, MD., Apr. 27, 2018) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (1-0) took the 2018 season opener against the Long Island Ducks (30-39) 3-1, as Daryl Thompson (1-0) became the Blue Crabs all-time leader in wins.

After a 1-2-3 inning from Thompson started the year for Southern Maryland, the offense was able to get going in the bottom half. After Jair Jurrjens (0-1) picked up two quick outs, Ryan Strausborger singled to keep the inning alive for Xavier Paul. The designated hitter followed with a single of his own, setting up a Devon Rodriguez single to plate the first run of the game.

Thompson gave up a lead-off double to start the second, before retiring nine straight Ducks to head to the bottom of the fourth. Frank Martinez picked up a double, scoring on a Jose Gonzalez single. After a Johnny Bladel single moved Gonzalez to third, Joey Wong’s infield single plated another run. Edwin Garcia provided the fifth straight hit, scoring Bladel to give the Blue Crabs a 4-0 lead before Jurrjens escaped the inning.

The offense didn’t slow down there, as they added two more to the tally in the fifth inning. Rodriguez got it going with a single, coming around to score on a two-out double from Martinez. Gonzalez followed with another RBI single, scoring Martinez for the second time on the night.

The veteran Thompson allowed a solo homerun to Jordany Valdespin in the sixth, just the second hit he allowed on the night. He finished the inning with his seventh strikeout of the night, wrapping up his season debut.

The bullpen took over from there, as Sam Runion, Ryan Chaffee, and Craig Stem all combined to finish off the 6-1 victory for Southern Maryland. The win was the 41st for Thompson as a Blue Crab, passing Gaby Hernandez for the most wins in franchise history.

“I went out and ultimately did what I wanted to do, which is put my team in the best spot to win every night,” said Thompson. “I try not to pay attention to numbers or anything, but to become the all-time leader in wins is something special that I take pride in.”

The Blue Crabs return to action Saturday, April 28th for the second game in the series against the Ducks. Southern Maryland will send RHP Sean O’Sullivan to the make his Southern Maryland debut. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. on Saturday at Regency Furniture Stadium.

For more information on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, or to reserve your seat today for any of the Blue Crabs upcoming home games, please visit our website atsomdbluecrabs.com or call us at 301-638-9788.

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

The Blue Crabs play 126 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 begin its 11th season in April 2018. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

BLUE CRABS ANNOUNCE OPENING DAY ROSTER

Roster Release(Waldorf, MD., Apr. 27, 2018)– The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have finalized their roster in preparation for Opening Day of the 2018 season.

The final roster features nine returning players from last season’s playoff run, highlighted by the return of four 2017 Atlantic League All-Stars. The team also boasts seven players with MLB service time, including two with over five years in the majors.

The offense will be led once again by All-Stars Devon Rodriguez and Cory Vaughn, who both return for their second seasons in Southern Maryland. Rodriguez broke the Blue Crabs single season record with a .364 batting average last season. Vaughn was one of just two players for the team last season to post double-digit totals in homeruns and stolen bases. The center-fielder also finished tied for the team-lead in runs scored, and finished second on the team in RBI’s and games played.

The pitching staff will be headlined by two returning All-Stars as well, as starter Daryl Thompson and closer Cody Eppley are back for another season. Thompson, the Blue Crabs all-time leader in wins, returns for his seventh season with the team, and is slated as the Opening Day starter for the team. The right-hander moved into the top 10 in Atlantic League history last season in strikeouts and innings pitched. Eppley will make his return as the top man in a solid bullpen for the Blue Crabs. The right-hander is coming off a career year in 2017, in which he posted a personal-best 32 saves and led the Atlantic League in the category.

The host of newcomers to the team are led by MLB veterans Xaiver Paul and Sean O’Sullivan. Paul spent six years at the major league level, appearing the Dodgers, Reds, Pirates, and Diamondbacks. The outfielder appeared in 349 MLB games, including a career-high 128 in 2011. O’Sullivan joins Southern Maryland with seven years of experience in the show. The right-hander appeared in 71 career games, making 56 starts at the highest level.

“I think this is the best group of guys we have put together here in Southern Maryland,” said Manager James Frisbie. “There is a lot of talent on this team and I’m continue the winning ways the Blue Crabs have showcased thus far in the franchise’s history.”

Full 2018 Roster:

RHP Alex Boshers

LHP Drake Britton

RHP Ryan Chaffee

RHP Brandon Cumpton

RHP Casey Delgado

RHP Cody Eppley

RHP Parker Frazier

RHP Richard Mariano Jr.

RHP Sean O’Sullivan

RHP Sam Runion

LHP David Wayne Russo

RHP Craig Stem

RHP Daryl Thompson

RHP Joey Wagman

RHP Shane Watson

C Austin Green

C Jose Gonzalez

INF Andrew Daniel

INF Edwin Garcia

INF Kalaika Kahoohalahala

INF Frank Martinez

INF Devon Rodriguez

INF Joey Wong

OF Johnny Bladel

OF Teodoro Martinez

OF Xavier Paul

OF Ryan Strausborger

OF Cory Vaughn

The team opens the 2018 season on April 27that home against the Long Island Ducks. To save your seat at the ballpark for the upcoming season and other team news, visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com or call 301-638-9788.

About the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

The Blue Crabs play 126 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 begin its 11th season in April 2018. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

Pitchers Stem and Boshers Teammates Again 10 Years Later

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Blue Crabs Pitchers Craig Stem, Number 17, and Alex Boshers, Number 15, in their high school days

In baseball, the word “teammate” holds a much deeper meaning than just someone who plays on the same team. From preparing for all 120+ games, to six-hour bus trips, and the long nights in hotels, you spend almost every day for six months with your teammates. For high school friends Craig Stem and Alex Boshers, to be able to call each other teammates again after 10 years brings feeling of nostalgia.

The pair, separated by just one year, grew up playing ball just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Despite playing at the same Little League park growing up, the one-year age gap kept them from ever playing on the same team. That would change in 2003 when the two teamed up on a middle school team at Donelson Christian Academy.

“I knew who Craig was from playing at the same Little League, but that year at Donelson was the first time we had ever gotten to play together,” said Boshers.

The players separated for a year as Stem joined the high school team, but were back together in 2005. The younger Boshers would spend his first year of high school on Junior Varsity, while Stem spent the year between the JV team and the Varsity squad. The following season the two both earned a spot on varsity, finally spending a full season as teammates.

“My junior season was the year that I really got to know Alex because that was the first time we had spent an entire season together,” said Stem. “We had a similar group of friends that we would run around with, so once we became teammates we naturally became pretty close as well.”

For the next two years the pair pitched together at the varsity level, with Stem working primarily as a starter and Boshers being used in a variety of roles on the mound. After graduating from Donelson in 2008, Stem headed to the next level, committing to pitch at the collegiate level at Western Kentucky University.

“I knew I wanted to continue to play after high school, so seeing someone from the school able to do it showed me the opportunity was out there,” said Boshers. “Western Kentucky was somewhere I was interested in potentially going to pitch, so I followed Craig’s first year there very closely.”

Although WKU didn’t work out for Boshers, the right-hander got a Division-1 offer from the University of Tennessee-Martin. Both stayed in contact throughout their college careers, with Stem eventually being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 after his junior season. Boshers finished his collegiate career in 2014, signing his first professional contract in 2015 with the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association.

“We were the only two guys from our high school that pursued baseball at the next level,” said Stem. “It was nice to have somebody to talk to from my past that was going through the same grind of professional baseball that I was.”

Stem worked his way through affiliated ball with the Dodgers and the Miami Marlins, before coming to the Atlantic League for the first time in 2016. After three good seasons in the American Association, Boshers believed he was ready to make the jump up and join his high school buddy at this level.

“After a really good season in 2016, I had begun thinking about coming to the Atlantic League,” said Boshers. “Ultimately, I decided to wait one more season, but after last year I immediately went to the GM in Wichita and let him know that I wanted to make the jump.”

Although he didn’t specify a team in the league, Boshers was thrilled when he found out that Southern Maryland was going to be his destination. He immediately had to call his old friend and let him know the good news.

“We had spoken a little bit during the offseason, mostly about Winter Ball and him potentially visiting Tennessee,” said Stem. “He called me out of the blue one day and just said ‘Hey man, I’m coming to join you in Southern Maryland’ which was exciting news for me.”

The trade was made official in January, and for the first time in 10 years, Alex Boshers and Craig Stem could say they were teammates once more.

“I’m excited for the move, especially to be able to play with someone I know again. It’s going to be pretty nostalgic for me to lace ‘em up with Craig again and go out and compete for a championship,” finished Boshers.

2018 Spring Training Schedule

Spring training Announcement (1)With only 23 days left until Opening Day of the 2018 season, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs are excited to announce their Spring Training schedule!

The week begins on Sunday, April 15th as the team holds their open tryouts at 12 P.M. This is the chance to show what you’ve got and potentially earn a spot on the Blue Crabs 2018 roster. All participants in open tryouts must register prior to the event.  For details click here

The full roster for the team will then report on Monday, April 16th for the first official practice of the season.

Wednesday April 18th the Blue Crabs will spread throughout Southern Maryland for their annual Community Caravan. The Community Caravan sends players, coaches, and staff out to the different counties of Southern Maryland to have a day of outreach in support of local initiatives. This year the team will partner with local organizations such as the Children’s Aid Society, Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, and ARC of Southern Maryland, among others.

Media Day will return to the Ballpark on Thursday, April 19th beginning at 10 AM. This will be the first opportunity for local news outlets to access the team and coaching staff for the 2018 season.

Regency Furniture Stadium will then play host to an exciting weekend, as Fan Fest 2018 takes place. The event is headlined by a two-day SMAC showcase, featuring local high school varsity baseball teams facing off right on the Blue Crabs field. The games begin on Friday night, carrying into Saturday’s festivities as well. Saturday features the main Fan Fest events from 10 AM-2 PM, featuring Q&A’s, autograph sessions, and games/activities with the 2018 players and coaches. The weekend fun is free for all ages and is the first opportunity for fans to pick up their tickets for the upcoming season!

The final tune-up for the season will take place in the form of a two-day Spring Training series with the York Revolution. Southern Maryland will host the reigning champs on Sunday, April 22nd for an exhibition game beginning at 1 PM. The team will then travel to York the next day for the second-half of the preseason games. The home exhibition game is open to the public and admission is free.

“Spring Training is an exciting time because it means the season is right around the corner,” said Blue Crabs General Manager Courtney Knichel. “That week of events are a great opportunity for fans to get to know the players better while creating excitement in the community about the season.”