RAIN, CRABS PINCH BARNSTORMERS
For four relatively dry innings, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and Lancaster Barnstormers played to a 1-1 tie on Saturday evening.
Once the rain hit, the sea dwellers prevailed over the landlubbers.
Southern Maryland struck for three runs in a rain-soaked top of the fifth inning on Saturday night, then held off the Barnstormers in the midst of a mud puddle in the bottom half to pull out a rain-shortened, 4-1 victory at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
The game was officially called after the mandatory 30-minute waiting period.
With two outs and no one aboard in the top of the fifth inning, Rubi Silva laid a perfect bunt down the third base line for a single. Silva stole second, arriving safely when Cleuluis Rondon failed to manage a skipped throw from Anderson De La Rosa. Dario Pizzano hit a smash back toward Cody Boydstun (1-2). The right-hander could only slow the ball down as it headed toward second baseman Melvin Mercedes. Mercedes fired behind Silva at third, with the runner barely returning. Boydstun walked David Harris to load the bases, and Alex Crosby cleared the table with a double to right center on the first pitch of his at bat.
With the field a natural slip and slide, Rondon opened the bottom of the inning with a single rolled up the first base line. The Barnstormers could do no more against Kolton Mahoney (4-1), who won his third straight.
Pizzano put the first run on the board with a two-out solo homer in the top of the first. Lancaster could not counter until the bottom of the fourth. LeDarious Clark was hit by a pitch, stole second went to third on a wild pitch and scored when De La Rosa drilled a double to right center.
Augie Sylk (1-1) will make the start on Sunday at 1:00 against Sam Burton (2-3). It is a Family Fun Day at the stadium. Fans may also catch the action on Blue Ridge 11 and the Barnstormers YouTube Channel.
NOTES: Mercedes singled in the first to stretch his on-base streak to 19 games…De La Rosa has 21 RBI in 15 games…Rondon has four straight multi-hit games…With two steals on Saturday, Clark became the first Barnstormer to reach double digits in that category.