Blowfish split double header for second straight night

SAVANNAH, GA — After splitting a double header at home on Tuesday, Lexington County split a double header on the road in Savannah on Wednesday night.

Game one of the twin bill was a continuation of a game scheduled on July 24th. Lexington County led 6-5 in the third but the Bananas stormed back and won 13-8. In total the Bananas clubbed 19 hits en route to the game one win.

The Bananas took the lead in the fifth inning when they plated four runs. Two of those runs came in on a two run double from Brandon Purcell (Jacksonville). Bananas led 9-7 after five.

The Blowfish got a run back in the sixth but never got going after that as Savannah plated a run in the seventh and three in the eighth.

The Blowfish needed a win in game two to stay alive in the playoff chase for the overall standings.

The Blowfish got off and running in game two in the first. After a Jared Williams (USC-Lancaster) double and Nick Guimbarda (Presbyterian) reached on an error, the Blowfish pulled a first and third steal play that gave them a 1-0 lead.

Savannah tied the game in the third with two outs. After an infield single and an error, Logan Mattix (Georgia College) smacked an RBI single that tied the game at 1.

Lexington County got the lead right back in the fourth when Brandt Stallings (Georgia Tech) knocked a single to center. Blowfish led 2-1 until the sixth when they extended their lead.

In the sixth inning, Zach Spivey (Bethune-Cookman) planted an RBI single and pushed their lead to 3-1.

From that point Lexington County cruised and TJ Shook (South Carolina) notched his second win (2-0) in a complete game five hitter.

After the split, the Blowfish are 2.5 GB of first place in the second half and 4.0 GB of fourth place in the overall standings with five games left in the regular season.

Thursday night the Blowfish are back home to welcome on in the Gastonia Grizzlies. Coverage on z93.1 FM The Lake will begin at 6:45 and first pitch from the Lex is scheduled for 7:05.

Blowfish get complete game shutout for first time in season

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.

Blowfish lose at home for first time since All-Star Break

LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. — Coming into Saturday night’s ballgame, Lexington County was within two games of first place High Point-Thomasville. A win at home against Savannah would mark he team’s fifth straight and inch them closer to a playoff spot.

But the Bananas spoiled the party knocking off the Blowfish in comeback fashion 8-5.

Lexington County got the scoring going in the bottom of the first inning. With bases loaded and two outs, Riley Hogan (South Carolina) knocked a two run single to left to give the Blowfish a 2-0 lead.

Savannah answered in the top of the second with a three run inning. LJ Talley (Georgia) knocked a run home on an RBI double and Jacob Southern (Jacksonville) smacked his second home run of the season. His two run bomb have the Bananas a 3-2.

But the rollercoaster ride continued into the bottom of the second. Austin Wilhite (Georgia Tech) tied the game at 3-3 with an RBI ground rule double and then Nick Guimbarda (Presbyterian) gave the Blowfish a two run lead after his two run double.

Savannah cut the Blowfish lead to one run in the fifth and then tied the game in the seventh on a solo home run to dead center by Bryce Fischer (Oklahoma State).

The Blowfish threatened in the seventh inning and had two on both in scoring position with nobody out but failed to score.

The Bananas took the lead in the eighth inning on a high chopping groundout back to the pitcher and added three runs of insurance in the ninth inning to stun Lexington County at home 8-5.

It was the first home loss for the Blowfish since the All-Star Break and snaps their four game winning streak.

The Blowfish are back in action Monday night on the road in Florence to take on the RedWolves. Coverage on z93.1 FM The Lake begins at 6:45 and first pitch from Sparrow Stadium is slated for 7:00 pm.

Blowfish win fourth straight

MARTINSVILLE, VA — Coming into Thursday night, the longest winning streak for Lexington County was three straight. After a date with the Mustangs in Martinsville, that changed.

The Blowfish knocked off the Stangs 4-1 at Hooker Field and won their fourth straight.

TJ Shook (South Carolina) went five innings of good ball notching his first win of 2017 (1-0).

The Blowfish got the scoring going in the fourth. Randal Ortiz (Winston-Salem) knocked in the game’s first run with an RBI single. Mickey Dugan (Gardner-Webb) followed it up with an RBI single of his own and extended his hit streak to 13 straight games. 2-0 Fish after four.

Lexington County doubled up on their advantage in the top of the sixth. Dugan slammed his second home run of the season. The two run blast put the Blowfish in front 4-0.

The Mustangs got an unearned run back in the bottom of the sixth inning but three double plays in the ballgame doomed Martinsville. Two of those DPs ended innings that that the Mustangs had two on and threatening in the game.

Martinsville’s biggest threat came in the ninth inning. With two outs the Mustangs loaded the bases but Hunter Dollander (USC-Aiken) was able to get the game ending groundout and notched his 6th save of 2017.

The win for Lexington County marked their fourth straight and also moved them within 2.5 games behind High Point-Thomasville for first place in the second half standings.

After a off night on Friday night, Saturday night marks a huge matchup against Savannah for the Blowfish. Coverage on z93.1-FM The Lake will begin at 6:45 and first pitch from the Lex is slated for 7:05.

Blowfish use five run sixth to stun Savannah

LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. — After a convincing 12-0 shutout of Florence Tuesday night, the Blowfish came back home to the Lex for their first time in four days in hopes of their fifth straight home win.

The Savannah Bananas jumped out ahead early but Lexington County stormed back and knocked off the Bananas 5-4.

Savannah got the scoring going in the in the fourth inning when Jake Howard (North Georgia) slammed a RBI single. The run scoring single was followed up by a Garrett Nelson (Long Beach State) groundout to plate Savannah’s second run.

Jakob Nunez (UT-Arlington) smacked an RBI single that extended the Bananas lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning.

The Potassium bunch added a fourth run in the top of the sixth. Nunez slammed his first homer of the season. The solo shot gave Savannah a 4-0 lead.

But the Blowfish jumped all over Bryan Cruse (Memphis) in the sixth handing him his first loss of the season.

Heading into the bottom of the sixth, Cruse had retired 14 straight Blowfish. Mickey Dugan (Gardner-Webb) changed that with a leadoff single to extend his hit streak to 12 straight games. After a groundout, single and walk, Nick Guimbarda (Presbyterian) knocked a two run single that cut the Banana lead in half.

At 4-3 with two on and two out, Dom Cuoci (St. Joseph’s) brought the thunder. Cuoci clobbered a three run home run to left field giving the Fish the 5-4 lead.

From that point on Lexington County didn’t look back.

Savannah got a runner at third and one out by Clay Hunt (College of Charleston) slammed the door on Savananh as they Blowfish notched their fifth straight home win and third win in a row.

Thursday night the Blowfish make their longest road trip of the season up to Martinsville, Virginia. Coverage on z93.1 FM The Lake from Hooker Field will begin at 6:45 and first pitch between the Blowfish and Mustangs is set for 7:00.

Blowfish pound Wolves; Shutout Florence 12-0

FLORENCE, S.C. — It took until the second to last week of the regular season for Lexington County to notch their first shutout, but Tuesday night they blanked the RedWolves at Sparrow Stadium.

After the Blowfish went one, two, three in the top of the first inning, they exploded to a 12-0 win in Florence.

The Blowfish got the scoring going in the top of the second. After two walks and a fielder’s choice, Andres Perez (North Georgia) launched his first home run of the season. The three run shot pushed the Fish out to a 3-0 lead.

Lexington County wasn’t done with the offense in the second. The Fish sent thirteen batters to the dish in the inning and extended their lead to double digits.

After a Zach Spivey (Bethune-Cookman) single and a Jared Williams (USC-Lancaster) walk, Nick Guimbarda (Presbyterian) smacked a two run single to extend the lead to 5-0. Drew Ellis (Mt. Olive University) launched an RBI double to plate the sixth run for Lexington County.

Walks continued to be a problem for Florence’s starter Jack Henry Beasley (The Citadel) as he walked back-to-back Blowfish before being removed after 1.1 of work.

The Blowfish went right back to work after the pitching change. Mickey Dugan (Gardner-Webb) extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games and smacked an RBI single through the hole. Lexington County’s lead inflated to 7-0.

The Fish weren’t done in the inning. Lexington County got a run home on a bases loaded walk, SAC fly, and then another bases loaded hit batsmen to balloon the lead to 10-0.

Lexington County pitching held the Wolves in check all evening long and notched their first win in four road games. Florence didn’t help themselves out all evening walking 15 Blowfish throughout the game.

The Blowfish added two more in the fifth and ran away from the Wolves at Sparrow Stadium 12-0.

Wednesday night the Fish are back home to take on the Savannah Bananas. Coverage on z93.1 FM The Lake from the Lex will begin at 6:45 and first pitch between the Blowfish and Bananas is set for 7:05.

Fish pitching pile up the strikeouts as Blowfish beat Hooty Hoot

LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. — Coming into Saturday night’s matchup against Forest City, Lexington County had struck out 47 Owls in just four games. Tonight Blowfish pitching added to that total in a big way.

In a 9-2 win at home, Blowfish pitching notched 14 strikeouts and baffled the Owls all evening long.

Connor Thomas (Georgia Tech) (2-3) picked up six strikeouts in just five innings of work and notched win number two. His second win in as many outings. Lexington County beat up on Tyler McAlister (Missouri State) (0-2) and knocked him out after just three innings of work.

The Blowfish got the scoring going in the first with two outs and nobody on. After back-to-back walks, Riley Hogan (South Carolina) smacked an RBI single that gave Lexington County a 1-0 lead. The very next batter, Dom Cuoci (St. Joseph’s) really made the walks pay when he slammed his sixth home run of the season over the left field wall. The three run shot gave the Blowfish a 4-0 lead.

Lexington County got more in the second, two on an Austin Wilhite (Georgia Tech) triple down the right field line and another one home when Drew Ellis (Mt. Olive University) smacked an RBI single to right. The Blowfish led 7-0 into the seventh when they added two more runs extending their lead to nine.

At one point in the ballgame, Thomas retired twelve straight Owls as Forest City was held in check until the ninth when they spoiled the Fish shutout and scored two runs.

The two runs in the ninth were all that the Owls would muster and Lexington County went on to win their fourth straight at the Lex. In five games against Forest City, Blowfish pitching has struck out 61 Owls.

The Blowfish move back up to 16-25 overall and 7-7 in the second half. Forest City, who has dropped five of their last six, falls to 24-15 and 6-6. The loss for the Owls also drops them out of first place in the overall standings in the Western Division.

After an off night on Sunday, Monday night the Fish are back on the road in Savannah. Coverage on z93.1 FM The Lake from Grayson Stadium will begin at 6:45 and first pitch between the Blowfish and Bananas is set for 7:05.

Difficult loss Friday night as Wolves walk off on Fish

FLORENCE, S.C. — The team Lexington County plays the most in 2017 is the Florence RedWolves, but the last time these two teams played was nearly two weeks ago.

Friday night at Sparrow Stadium, the Blowfish set their sights on two straight wins. Lexington County got good starting pitching from TJ Shook (South Carolina) who went five innings of scoreless ball on just five hits. The Gamecock also struck out five RedWolves.

But the Wolves stormed back on the Fish late and walked off on Lexington County 4-3.

The Blowfish got the scoring going in the top of the third on an RBI single from Austin Wilhite (Georgia Tech). Lexington County led 1-0 until the top of the fifth.

In the fifth inning, the Blowfish extended their lead. Drew Ellis (Mt. Olive University) shot one through the hole on the right side that plated the game’s second run. 2-0 lead for the Blowfish lasted until the bottom of the eighth.

With two outs in the inning and one on, Logan McRae (College of Charleston) slammed a two run home run to left tying the ballgame at 2.

But the Blowfish came right back in the top half of the ninth. Mickey Dugan (Gardner-Webb) extended his hit streak to 9 games on a leadoff double to left field. After the double, Marshawn Taylor (Grambling State) brought him home with an RBI single that gave the Fish a 3-2 lead.

Lexington County turned to Jimmy Townsend-Chase (Western Michigan) to notch his third save of 2017 but the Wolves had other ideas.

Cornell Nixon (Eastern Kentucky) rolled a ball over the third base bag into the left field corner for extra bases. The ball was mishandled which allowed Nixon to advance to third after the double.

The very next pitch, Grayson Cottingham (Coastal Carolina) smacked an RBI single to center to tie the ballgame.

Florence them proceeded to load the bases with nobody out and the winning run 90 feet away.

After a fielder’s choice that cut down a run at the plate, Tanner Mann-Fix (Florence-Darlington Tech) shot a laser back up the middle to win the game and walk off on the Blowfish.

After the tough loss, Saturday night the Fish are back at home to finish out their week against Forest City. Coverage on z93.1 FM The Lake will begin at 6:45 and first pitch between the Blowfish and Owls is set for 7:05.