Lexington County Blowfish stage furious bottom of the 9th rally to top Forest City Owls, 8-7 in seas
Winning run marked first time that Blowfish had led during opening game
Lexington, SC (James Bowers) - One of the most famous quotes from baseball legend Yogi Berra could most aptly sum up the Lexington County Blowfish season opener Thursday night. “It ain’t over till it’s over”. The visiting Forest City Owls reached the bases and scored runs with ease during the opening innings at Lexington County Baseball Stadium, and when the Hooters found themselves in a 7-1 lead after seven and a half innings, the sellout home crowd began gradually thinning. Marshall McDonald’s Blowfish did not share the “we’ll get em next time” pessimism with attendees and held the Owls without any additional runs in the eighth and ninth innings. The crowd perked up in the eighth inning when Blowfish batter Chandler Rogers homered to cut the lead to 7-2. The score would prove to be foreshadowing, as the final set of at-bats for the home squad would wind up being a classic moment in the club’s history.
An error at first base for the Owls allowed Isaiah Lewis to reach first. Sean Parsons’ single subsequently pushed Lewis to second. While Owl pitcher Daniel Kight managed to strike out the Blowfish’s Brennan Strovnik, he then hit Jared Williams with a pitch, loading the bases for Lexington County. Chaney Rogers’ walk scored Lewis, cutting the lead to 7-3. Cole Tate’s single sent Williams and Parsons across home plate to make it a 7-5 ballgame. Then Carson McCurdy’s single allowed Rogers to score. Now with a one run lead the Forest City Owls got a desperately needed second out with a strikeout of LC’s Daniel Brinegar. The next at-bat caused both teams to bite their nails. Kight had Blowfish batter Chandler Redmond in a 2-2 count. The Garnder-Webb junior fouled back a couple of balls. When it mattered most, Redmond belted a single that allowed Tate and McCurdy to score the winning pair of runs.
The Blowfish mobbed the field in celebration of the come-from-behind victory. While the nail biting ninth inning rally was thrilling for those on hand, skipper McDonald wasn’t shocked by his team’s comeback. “It’s happened on more than one occasion,” the coach quipped.
DH Chandler Redmond led the Blowfish with three RBIs among his two hits. Chaney Rogers, Mac McCurdy, and Conner Tate matched Redmond’s two hit total, with Rogers and Tate each picking up two RBIs. The Blowfish used a plethora of pitching arms in the opener. Noah Hinzman and Griffin Hollifield allowed seven runs in two innings each, while Cam Tringali and Jacob Rye did not allow any Owl hits in their cumulative four innings.
The losing Forest City squad was led by pitcher Cannan Silver, who allowed a mere four hits and one run during his five innings. Joe Vranesh led Owl hitters with three hits and two RBIs; Jordan Eckerd also batted in two runs for FC.
The Lexington County Blowfish will take to the road Friday night, when they play the Macon Bacon. Forest City will face the Martinsville Mustangs at home that same evening. Saturday will see a rematch between the Fish and Owls, and Forest City will try to avenge their blown-lead defeat. The game is set for 7:05 p.m. at Lexington County Baseball Stadium.