Blue Crabs strike first, but can’t hold on for the win

News Release, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs; IMages courtesy of Memories Photography/Bert Hindman

Waldorf, MD –  Southern Maryland came into a series opener with the High Point Rockers seeking to continue an incredible stretch of baseball. The Blue Crabs plated a pair early, but High Point would come out on top with a 6-4 victory.

Southern Maryland sent a right-hander, Kyle Simon to the mound, and he was on the mark in the first inning. He did a great job defending his home field, taking just seven pitches to get through the first frame.

Image courtesy of Memories Photography/Bert Hindman

The good guys saw their chance and struck immediately in the bottom of the first inning. With the Rockers right-hander, Dominic DeMasi on the hill, Kent Blackstone led things off with a walk, and then came Edwin Garcia. The shortstop saw a pitch over the heart of the plate and put a charge into it. For the first time since the 2018 season, he hit a home run at Regency Furniture Stadium, and it paid dividends as Southern Maryland jumped out to a healthy 2-0 lead.

The Rockers got one back in the top of the third inning. Tyler Ladendorf recorded his second hit of the contest on a hot-shot line drive off of the left-field mini monster, plating Stephen Cardullo in the process as the Rockers cut the Southern Maryland lead in half.

Image courtesy of Memories Photography/Bert Hindman

High Point ignited their offense in the top of the third inning, and their third baseman, Michael Russell sent a blast out of Regency Furniture Stadium, bringing home Matthew Jones with him to hand the Rockers their first lead of the contest at a score of 3-2.

Rubi Silva, the Blue Crabs right fielder made a pair of beautiful defensive plays in the contest, including throwing out of a Rocker trying to score, and Silva came through again later in the contest with a monstrous two-run home run to give Southern Maryland the lead back at 4-3.

Image courtesy of Memories Photography/Bert Hindman

A couple of scoreless innings gave way to the second Blue Crabs reliever entering the contest. James Dykstra came in and allowed a first-pitch home run to the powerful Quincy Latimore to tie the score at 4-4. In the meantime, Chase Huchingson (W, 5-1) entered the game on the mound for the Rockers and pitched a terrific eighth inning to keep the game tied.

The score held at 4-4 heading into the top of the ninth inning. Mat Latos (L, 2-4) came in riding an incredible streak in which he had allowed just two hits, one walk, and not a single run in 19 innings pitched, but even the best struggle every once in a while. Jones reached on a dropped third strike with one out, and Stephen Cardullo followed with a two-run home run to put High Point ahead by a score of 6-4.

Ryan Kelly (S, 3) came into to close the door in the bottom of the ninth, and the Rockers exited a game that was decided by the home run ball, featuring five homers, by a score of 6-4.

The Blue Crabs will return home tomorrow, Tuesday, July 23rd, for game two of a three-game set with the High Point Rockers, and a 6:35 p.m first pitch.

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