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.

Just enough power and stellar pitching get Fish past Grizz

LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. — After a tough 10-0 loss Wednesday night in Savannah, the Blowfish looked to notch their third straight home win Thursday night.

Lexington County got excellent starting pitching from Ryan Stoudemire (3-1) (Charleston Southern) who took a no-no through 5.2 innings as the Blowfish snagged a 5-3 win at home.

The Blowfish got the scoring started in the bottom of the second when Austin Wilhite (Georgia Tech) was inches from his first homer of the season. Wilhite smacked a double instead off the top of the wall in left center that plated Riley Hogan (South Carolina) and gave the Fish a 1-0 lead.

Lexington County extended their lead in the bottom of the fourth when Hogan smacked his team-leading sixth dinger of the season. The solo home run extended the lead to 2-0.

Gastonia got a run back in the sixth on their first hit of the ballgame. Harris Yett (UNC-Charlotte) dribbled one through the hole on the right side that brought in Nick Beinlich (Belmont-Abbey). The RBI single cut the lead in half at 2-1.

After Gastonia got their run in the top of the sixth, Lexington County came right back for three runs in the home half of the sixth.

The Fish strung together four straight hits to start off the inning and Dom Cuoci (St. Joseph’s) plated two on a double to center that inflated the lead back to three. An RBI single off the bat of Drew Ellis (Mt. Olive) finished off the three run inning and gave the Blowfish a 5-1 advantage.

Both teams went quietly until the top of the ninth when Gastonia began to threaten.

Three straight hits for the Grizzlies allowed two to score. Yett knocked a leadoff double and scored on a pickoff play at first. Directly after the pickoff, Thomas Yoder (Belmont-Abbey) launched a pinch-hit solo home run off the foul pole in right.

The Blowfish never allowed Gastonia to get any further and held on to beat the Grizz 5-3. Tomorrow night the Fish are back on the road in Florence to take on their in-state rival at Sparrow Stadium. Coverage on z93.1 FM The Lake will begin at 6:45 and first pitch between the Blowfish and RedWolves is set for 7:05.

Bananas score in bunches, Fish have no response

SAVANNAH, GA — Wednesday night was a scheduled off night for the Blowfish but after a rainout in Savannah on Monday evening, Wednesday became the makeup date for the Bananas and Blowfish.

After a 7-4 win Tuesday evening for Lexington County over Savannah, the Blowfish took aim at three straight wins. What they got instead was a 10-0 shutout loss at Grayson Stadium.

Savannah got going in the third inning. After a walk and a single, LJ Talley (Georgia) rocked a two run triple down the right field line that gave Savannah a 2-0 lead. The Bananas added a run in the inning on a Garrett Nelson (Long Beach State) SAC fly.

The Bananas kept the scoring rolling in the fourth adding a run in the inning that was followed up by a huge fifth.

Savannah sent 10 Bananas to the plate exploding for a five run bottom of the fifth. Christian Hollie ‘s (UT-Arlington) bases clearing triple inning highlighted the inning. After the big inning, the Bananas led 9-0.

The Blowfish were left scratching their heads all evening long. Kyle Richardson (Texas A&M) went seven strong only allowing four hits and striking out 8.

Savannah added an extra run in the eighth inning and cruised to a 10-0 shutout win. It is only the second time that Lexington County has been shutout this season and they will set their sights on Gastonia Thursday night at Lexington County Baseball Stadium.

Coverage on z93.1 FM The Lake will begin at 6:45 and first pitch from the Lex is slated for 7:05.