By Connor Stalker, Blue Sox Staff Writer, and Rocco Pandolfo, Group Sales Intern
Behind a strong showing from Norris McClure, the Blue Sox eased past the Boonville Lumberjacks 6-3. On the mound, Coach Doug Delett called on lefty Brandon Scott to make his 2nd start of the summer. Thus far, Scott has posted a 9.53 ERA, though he has looked much better than his ERA shows. Opposite of Scott, the Lumberjacks called on Jacob Phillips, a right-hander out of Guilford College, who has maintained a 4.81 ERA through 5 appearances.
The game started slow with both pitchers opening the game with 3 scoreless innings. The Blue Sox struck for the first run in the top of the 4th. On a 1-0 pitch from Phillips, Taylor Kaufman lined a single to right field that scored Andre Demetral.
Boonville’s bats responded quickly in the bottom of the 4th. With men on 1st and 3rd, Scott picked off the runner on 1st base. The runner on 3rd then took off for home. Norris McClure made a perfect throw to home, which catcher Will Radich fumbled, allowing the runner to score, tying the game.
Blue Sox batters broke the game open in the top of the 5th. Ryan Rifenberg led off the inning with a single. After Phillips got the first out of the inning, he walked Will Radich. The next batter, Peter Adams, hit a ground ball to short that was fielded cleanly, but thrown past the 1st baseman, allowing Rifenberg to score and the other runners to advance to 2nd and 3rd. Andre Demetral came to the plate and hit a fly ball to center field increasing the lead to 2. The Blue Sox scored their 3rd run of the inning on a sharp groundball to right field by McClure.
In the top of the 7th, the Blue Sox added to their lead on a line drive double to the warning track by McClure, netting himself his 8th RBI on the season.
Andre Demetral plated the Blue Sox’s final run of the game in the top of the 9th on a single to center field.
With Trey Sejnoha on the mound, the Lumberjacks threatened a late comeback, however, Sejnoha worked out of the jams in both the 8th and 9th innings allowing only 2 runs to score.
The final score of the game was 6-3, in favor of the Blue Sox. Scott threw a gem on the mound, earning his 1st win of the season, while also striking out an impressive 10 batters, and allowing only 1 run. Jacob Phillips was handed the loss after going 5 innings, giving up 4 runs.
Norris McClure was the player of the game going 3 for 5 with 2 RBI, and a 2B. The top of the order was also on fire with Kyuss Gargett and Andre Demetral getting 2 hits apiece, with Gargett walking twice, and Demetral knocking in 2 runs. The combined effort of Scott and Sejnoha held the Lumberjacks’ bats to just 3 hits.
The Blue Sox improve to 9-9 on the season, while Lumberjacks fall to 6-15. Blue Sox are back at it again tonight at 6:45 at home.