FLORENCE, S.C. — With just a week remaining in the season, Lexington County entered Monday’s play just 2.0 GB of first place in the second half standings. But Monday night began a brutal clubhouse turn for a team scheduled to play three double headers the final week of the season.
The final week of the season began on the road in Florence and RedWolves’ starter Isaac Rodgers (Francis Marion) dazzled the Blowfish. The right-hander threw a complete game, three hit, shutout and knocked off Lexington County 2-0.
Through their first five offensive turns, the Blowfish had a runner in scoring position and could not score. Florence would end up making that pay in the second inning.
The RedWolves struck first on an RBI single off the bat of Cornell Nixon (Eastern Kentucky). Florence led 1-0 up until the bottom of the fifth.
In the fifth, Florence doubled their advantage. Riley King (Georgia) doubled in the left center field alley with one away to start the rally and then Zach Jacobs (Francis Marion) singled him home to push the Wolves’ lead to 2-0.
That would be plenty for Rodgers.
The right-hander earned his first win (1-1) and cruised throughout the middle and latter thirds of the ballgame. Lexington County only mustered three hits throughout the evening and fell to Florence 2-0.
Rodgers struck out nine and walked four over 122 pitches, 78 of which were for strikes. Coming into the ballgame his ERA was above 10.00 and he had only pitched 7.0 innings total.
Tuesday night the Blowfish begin their brutal stretch of seven games in four days. Lexington County welcomes on in the Forest City Owls, who have won three straight ballgames, for a twin bill. Coverage on z93.1 FM The Lake begins at 4:45 and first pitch for game one of the double header is scheduled for 5:05.