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Blowfish bats quiet at Finch Field; fall to HiToms 5-0

THOMASVILLE, N.C. — After a 5-4 win in Florence on Tuesday night, the Blowfish looked for their fourth straight win as they set their sights on the High Point-Thomasville HiToms at Finch Field.

The HiToms were on a two game skid and found a way to mute the Blowfish throughout the evening shutting Lexington County out and winning at home 5-0.

High Point-Thomasville got their party started in the bottom of the second when Kip Brandenburg (Spartanburg Methodist College) launched a solo homerun to dead center to give the HiToms a 1-0 lead.

HPT added another in the fourth when Mason McClellan (Columbus State University) clocked the second solo blast to right field that extended the HiTom lead to 2-0.

The Blowfish struggled at the plate all evening, as they were only able to smack two base hits off HPT pitching. Nick Guimbarda (Presbyterian) smacked both of those hits and the only other Blowfish to reach base safely in the game was Drew Ellis (Mt. Olive University) on a walk.

A three run HiTom seventh extended their lead to 5-0. A run came into score on an infield single that the Blowfish ended throwing around the infield for an error. Two more game in on a McClellan two run single.

The Blowfish went down in the eighth and ninth innings and saw their three game winning streak evaporate at the hands of the HiToms.

Lexington County struck out 11 times in the game and have struck out 56 times in their last five ballgames. Clay Young (Catawba) was excellent for HPT notching his first win of the season going seven strong allowing just two hits and striking out nine.

The Blowfish look to reverse their fate tomorrow night at home when they welcome on in the Asheboro Copperheads for the first time in 2017. Coverage on z93.1 FM The Lake will begin at 6:45 and first pitch is slated for 7:05 from the Fish Tank.

Fish hang on in Florence to win third straight

FLORENCE, S.C. — The Blowfish and the Florence RedWolves were two teams that were in two different directions coming into Tuesday night’s matchup in Florence.

The Blowfish were looking to send the Wolves into a seven game losing skid and take 6 of their last 7 ballgames.

It took every last out in the game but Lexington County knocked off Florence 5-4 at Sparrow Stadium.

The Blowfish drew first blood in the third on a two run double from Nick Guimbarda (Presbyterian) that plated Marshawn Taylor (Grambling State) and Mickey Dugan (Gardner-Webb). Guimbarda gave Lexington County a 2-0 lead and also extended his hitting streak to 7 straight games.

Florence came right back in the bottom of the third when Tyler Webb (Memphis) slammed a three run homer to take the 3-2 lead.

But the Fish punched back in the top of the fourth when Seth Lancaster (Coastal Carolina) clocked his second home run of the season, a two run bomb to right that gave Lexington County a 4-3 lead.

Riley Hogan (South Carolina) added a run for the Fish in the sixth on a SAC fly that plated Dom Cuoci (St. Joseph’s). After six Lexington County led 5-3.

A pivotal point in the game struck in the bottom of the seventh when Florence loaded the bases with one out in the inning.

Clay Hunt (College of Charleston) came in relief to try to mute the RedWolves and he did just that.

On the first pitch he got Clay Casey (Delta State) to ground down to Lancaster at third who turned the 5-4-3 double play and got the Fish out of the jam.

Lexington County went quietly in the eighth and ninth innings and turned to Hunter Dollander (USC-Aiken) to try to notch his fourth save.

Florence got the leadoff man on when Brandon Chapman (George Washington) doubled to right center.

After a deep fly out to leftfield, Tanner Mann-Fix (Florence-Darlington Tech) knocked in Chapman with a SAC fly.

Webb struck out but advanced to first as the pitch was in the dirt and he beat out the throw to first.

With the tying run on base with two outs, Zach Jacobs (Francis Marion) lifted one the opposite way towards the line in shallow left field. Racing over from the left-center field alley, Will Thomas (Anderson) made a sensational sliding catch to save the tying run from coming in and ended the game in spectacular fashion.

The Blowfish escaped Florence with the 5-4 win and notched their third straight victory. Tomorrow night the Fish are back on the road for the first and only matchup at Finch Field against the High Point-Thomasville HiToms.

Coverage on z93.1 FM The Lake will begin at 6:45 and first pitch from Finch Field is set for 7:00 pm.

11TH ANNUAL USC ALUMNI VS BLOWFISH GAME SATURDAY JULY 1ST 7:05PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 23, 2017

Lexington County,SC- The Lexington County Blowfish and the USC Gamecock Baseball Alumni are excited to continue the battle for the coveted ‘GAMEFISH CUP”. This is the 11th annual game and the series is all tied up five games a piece. On Saturday July 1st at 7:05pm these two teams will go head to head at Lexington County Baseball Stadium, home of the Blowfish.

View WIS Sports Interview with Trey Dyson about the upcoming game

View WLTX Sports Interview about 11th Annual Gamefish Cup

Gamecock Alumni Head Coach Trey Dyson announced this year’s roster of Gamecock greats including Matt Price, Trey Dyson, Tripp Kelly, Garris Gonce, Bryon Jeffcoat, Phil Disher, Bryan Triplett, Hank Parks, Robert Beary, Hunter Privette and Adam Westmoreland. Dyson is continually looking to tweak the roster so expect additions before the Saturday July 1st game.

The Blowfish will counter with RHP USC Gamecock TJ Shook taking the hill as the starting pitcher and 1st base will be USC Gamecock Riley Hogan.

This year’s game donations will be taken for Hands of Hope SC in memory of Owen Walker Caldwell. Owen, son of Craig and Catherine Caldwell, died unexpectedly in his sleep at 14 months old. Owen hadn’t started talking yet but he had an infectious smile and would light up a room with his personality. That sweet, happy spirit is the legacy the Caldwell family hope to share with children suffering from life-limiting illnesses. Hands of Hope SC is an organization that offers pediatric comfort and palliative care to children with who are faced with life-limiting illnesses. There is a Sweet Baby 0 5k Race in Owens honor August 5th. For more info go to: www.runhard.org/owen .

A post game “Concert in the Sky” Fireworks spectacular will be musically themed to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Ticket prices start at $5.00 for kids, seniors, students and military with ID for general admission and $6.00 for adult general admission which include Home Run Hill. For more information contact Brian Principe, Director of Media Relations/Broadcasting at bprincipe@blowfishbaseball.com or call 803-254-FISH (3474).

About the Blowfish

The Lexington County Blowfish are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League since 2006. The CPL is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,400 alumni drafted. Blowfish players come from colleges and universities from across the nation including the USC Gamecocks, Clemson Tigers, Coastal Carolina and many others.

 

 

Blowfish come from behind for second straight night; walk off on Bananas

LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. — Lexington County came back home Monday night in search of their second straight win after a comeback win on the road Sunday afternoon.

The Blowfish set their sights on the Savannah Bananas, a team they fell to on the road this past Saturday 11-4. Tonight they reversed their fortunes on the Bananas in a way they haven’t tasted all season long.

After Savannah jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth, Lexington County stormed right back in the home half of the fourth.

Dom Cuoci (St. Joseph’s) slammed his second home run of 2017, a three run blast over the left field wall that gave the Blowfish a 3-1 lead. Lexington County added another run in the fourth when all was said and done.

Savannah struck right back in the top of the fifth to retake the lead. An RBI single from Anthony Brocato (St. Johns) cut the lead to 4-2 and an RBI double from John Cassala (Jacksonville) shrunk the Blowfish advantage to one. The Bananas added the tying run in the inning on a fielder’s choice that knotted the game up at 4.

The Bananas scored a run in the sixth, RBI double off the bat of Garrett Nelson (Long Beach State), and another in the seventh on a passed ball behind the dish.

Lexington County notched their first come from behind win Sunday afternoon and they would cash in on their second Monday evening.

It all started in the eighth when the Blowfish tied the game on a two out two run double from Kep Brown (Spartanburg Methodist) that knotted the game back up at 6.

Savannah went quietly in the top of the ninth but the Blowfish did not in the bottom of the inning.

The first two Blowfish were retired in order to start the inning but some late two out magic struck at Lexington County Baseball Stadium.

Isaiah Maddela (Shorter University) started the rally off with a single to left field. After the two out single, Jared Williams (USC-Lancaster) reached on an error at shortstop that set the table for Nick Guimbarda (Presbyterian). Guimbarda didn’t waste any time and deposited the first pitch fastball down the line in left field to walk it off for the Blowfish.

The Blowfish only had seven hits and struck out 12 times but won the game 7-6 in come from behind fashion for the second straight evening.

Tomorrow night the Blowfish look for three straight as they head to Florence for the final time in the first half. First pitch from Sparrow Stadium is set for 7:05 and coverage on z93.1 The Lake will begin at 6:45 for the pregame show.

“No Bull” Book Signing with Author Ron Morris at Thursday’s Game vs Asheboro

 

Author Ron Morris will be at LCBS Thursday’s Blowfish Game

RON MORRIS
Tuesday, June 29, 2017
Celebrated sportswriter Ron Morris comes to Lexington County Baseball Stadium this coming Thursday for a book signing of his new book, No Bull: The Real Story of the Durham Bulls and the Rebirth of a Team and a City. Morris follows the 1980 Durham Bulls through their inaugural season, using that narrative thread to explore all the ripples that the team caused in the city and beyond. Morris was the reporter who covered the team for the Durham Herald-Sun that season, and now he has gone back and interviewed the former players and coaches, as well as residents of Durham, to examine the team’s impact on the city.
Ron Morris is one of the most respected sportswriters in the nation, having recently retired as a longtime columnist for The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. He is also author of the book ACC Basketball: An Illustrated History. Morris and his family live in Lexington, S.C.
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Blowfish strike out 15 Owls; come from behind to win on road

FOREST CITY, N.C. — After an 11-4 loss in Savannah Saturday night, the Blowfish looked to get back on track in Forest City against the Owls.

The Sunday afternoon game was a makeup for a game rained out earlier in the week.

The Blowfish came from behind to knock off the Owls 6-5 on the road.

The Owls struck first in the bottom of the first when they cashed in on a leadoff single from AJ Wright (UMD-Baltimore County) that was followed by a Chris Chatfield (USF) RBI single. Owls led 1-0.

Lexington County tied the game in the top of the second when Chase Turner (St. Leo University) doubled down the third base line and Isaiah Madella (Shorter University) brought Turner home on an error at shortstop.

The Owls used a three run bottom of the second to retake the lead. Seth Hoagland (Iona) smacked a two run single that was immediately followed up by a RBI double off the bat of Chatfield. Forest City added a run in the bottom of the third to take a 5-1 lead.

From that point on Blowfish pitching dominated. The Fish only allowed four hits through the last six innings of play and struck out 15 Owls for the second straight matchup between these two teams.

The Blowfish cut the Forest City lead to 5-3 in the top of the fifth and set their sights on an offensive explosion in the top of the eighth.

After a lineout to begin the inning, the Blowfish rattled off three straight singles to load the bases with one out. Turner plated Nick Guimbarda (Presbyterian) with an RBI single and then Issiah Madella (Shorter University) knocked in Dom Cuoci (St. Joseph’s) and Riley Hogan (South Carolina) with a two run single up the middle.

Lexington County took a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the eighth.

The Blowfish got stellar relief pitching out of a pair of Pacers in the ballgame. Christian Aragon (USC-Aiken) wentthrough three scoreless innings of work and he handed off to Hunter Dollander (USC-Aiken) for the ninth inning.

After a leadoff single from Wright, Randal Ortiz (Winston-Salem) gunned down Tyler Miller (Anderson), a pinch runner, who was trying to steal second. Following the stolen base, Dollander mowed down the next two via the strikeout and notched his third save of the season.

Aragon won his first game of the season as the Blowfish struck out 5 of the last 6 Owls to take a turn at bat. Over the last three matchups with the Owls, the Blowfish have struck out 38 Forest City batters.

Tomorrow night the Blowfish set their sights on two straight as they welcome on in the Savannah Bananas to Lexington County Baseball Stadium. Pregame on z93.1 FM The Lake is scheduled for 6:45 and first pitch from the Lex is set for 7:05 pm.

Blowfish slip up in Savannah; get mashed by Bananas

SAVANNAH, GA — Lexington County won their first game of 2017 at Grayson Stadium on June 8th. Saturday night they were looking for their first four game winning streak of the season.

The Bananas had other plans as they knocked off Lexington County .

The Blowfish got off to a fast start in the bottom of the first after a Jared Williams (USC-Lancaster) walk and a Nick Guimbarda (Presbyterian) single, Williams scored as Guimbarda was thrown out trying to steal second.

Lexington County got three solid innings out of TJ Shook (South Carolina) but Savannah got to the Blowfish bullpen in the fourth for a three run inning aided by three Blowfish errors.

Savannah took the 3-1 lead into the top of the sixth but Lexington County struck back in the inning.

Mickey Dugan (Gardner-Webb) knocked a SAC fly to cut the lead to one and then an RBI double from Guimbarda tied the game at 3-3.

The Bananas struck right back in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single from Bryce Fischer (Oklahoma State) that came after two more errors from the Blowfish.

The game remained at 4-3 until an offensive explosion from the Bananas in the bottom of the eighth when they plated seven runs in the inning all but putting the game out of reach.

One bright spot in the ninth was an absolute moon shot by Dom Cuoci (St. Joseph’s) that added one run for the Fish in the inning but ultimately they fell 11-4 on the road.

The loss caps a three game winning streak for Lexington County as they struck out 15 times in the ballgame. The Blowfish also committed six errors in the game.

Tomorrow night they set their sights on the Forest City Owls at McNair Field. Pregame on z93.1 FM The Lake is scheduled for 3:45 and first pitch from Forest City is set for 4:00 pm.

Blowfish smash Bananas at home; win third straight

LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. — After a rainout on Thursday night, the Blowfish set their sights on three straight victories when they welcomed the Bananas to the Lex on Friday night.

Lexington County mashed season highs in hits and runs scored in the game as they mushed the Bananas 12-2. 10 runs is the largest positive run differential on the season for the Blowfish as well.

The Fish were off and running in the home half of the second when they strung together five straight base runners to begin the inning.

After a leadoff walk, Chase Turner (St. Leo University) slammed a double to left field that was followed up by another double off the bat off Danny Wilson (UNC-Ashville).

After a Nick Guimbarda (Presbyterian) SAC fly, Mickey Dugan (Gardner-Webb) smacked the third extra base hit of the inning; an RBI double that gave Lexington County a 4-0 lead.

Jared Williams (USC-Lancaster) knocked a SAC fly that extended the Blowfish lead to five that capped the huge second inning for Lexington County.

After the Bananas went quietly in the top of the third, Lexington County went back to work in the bottom of the third.

Drew Ellis (Mt. Olive University) smashed a solo home run to the opposite way to lead off the third. Ellis punched it through the wind in left center field as he knocked his first home run of the season.

The Blowfish added one more in the third and two more in the bottom of the fourth to take a 9-0 lead over Savannah.

The Bananas cut the Fish lead to seven when they scratched two home in the top of the six, but the Blowfish responded with a three run bottom of the seventh to go back ahead by double digits.

In total Lexington County clubbed 16 hits, six of which were extra base hits, and won the ballgame 12-2.

Tate Gillespie (TAMU-CC) notched his second win of the season going 5 strong allowing just three hits and a strikeout.

Saturday night’s win marks the third straight for the Blowfish, the longest streak of 2017, as they will set their sights on four straight Saturday night in Savannah.

Coverage on z93.1-FM The Lake will begin at 6:45 and first pitch from Grayson Stadium is set for 7:05 between the Blowfish and the Bananas.

Two hits, two run home run power Fish past Grizz

LEXINGTON COUNTY S.C. — After a night off on Tuesday night, the Lexington County Blowfish looked to win their second straight after splitting a double header with Florence on Monday night.

The Blowfish set their sights on the Gastonia Grizzlies at home and knocked them off 2-1 despite only knocking two hits in the game.

Gastonia got the scoring started in the third inning when Lawson McArthur (NC State) clubbed a leadoff double off the left center field wall. Two batters later, Chaz Davey (Erskine) plated McArthur with an RBI single that gave Gastonia a 1-0 lead.

Blowfish pitching settled in from that point on.

Ryan Stoudemire (Charleston Southern) went five strong striking out five Grizzlies over his five innings of work and left with the lead after Lexington County smacked their second and last hit of the ballgame in the bottom of the fifth.

After a Mickey Dugan (Gardner-Webb) leadoff walk, Riley Hogan (South Carolina) sent one deep into the night at Lexington County Baseball Stadium that landed deep into the trees in right field. The two run bomb gave the Blowfish a 2-1 lead.

Although Lexington County would only get one Blowfish to reach base safely from that point on, the Blowfish bullpen held the Grizzlies at bay throughout the remainder of the ballgame.

Avery Greer (North Greenville) danced in and out of trouble in the sixth, tossed a clean seventh and handed over to Andrew Tilghman (Catawba) for the eighth.

The Grizzlies went down in order and couldn’t do anything against Hunter Dollander (USC-Aiken) in the ninth as the Blowfish snatched their second straight win.

Lexington County pitching fanned 12 Grizzlies as Stoudemire notched his second win and Dollander secured his first save.

Tomorrow night the Fish look for their third straight as they travel to McNair Field to take on the Forest City Owls. Coverage on z93.1 The Lake will begin at 6:45 and first pitch from Forest City is scheduled for 7:05.