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Blue Sox Contain the Stallions

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By Timothy Charvat


Things were not looking good for the Blue Sox. After losing 9-3 against the Oneonta Outlaws, the Sox returned to their home ballpark to compete in a rematch against the Saugerties Stallions.

And in dramatic fashion, the Blue Sox would get their revenge against the Stallions in a nail biting 5-4 victory.

Starters Come Through Early

Throughout the first two innings, both starting pitchers would work in and out of trouble to keep the game scoreless.

In the top of the first inning, Sox starter Aiden Aggarwal, with runners on the corners and two men out, Sox Catcher Brendan Buecker would throw out third baseman Ryan Recio attempting to steal second base to quickly the threat.

After only needing five pitches to get through his half of the first inning, Stallions starter Marciano Neglia would find his trouble in the bottom of the second. With runners on second and third and two out, Neglia would get Blue Sox extra hitter Max French to fly out to left field to end the inning.

An Eventful Third Inning

The Stallions would be the first to score in the top of the third inning. After getting the first two batters out, Aggerwal would walk the next two batters to set up runners on the corners as shortstop Fritz Genther came to the plate.

During the at bat, Aggerwal threw a wild pitch allowing center fielder Tyler Bak to score, giving the Stallions the lead.
The Blue Sox would immediately respond in their half of the third, as with one on and no outs, right fielder Jayden Ohmar connected for a RBI triple to left center field to tie the game up at one. During the next at bat, Ohmar would score on a wild pitch to give the Sox the lead 2-1.

Stallions Keep it Tense

For the next two innings, the Blue Sox would find themselves in uneasy situations. After pitching three innings of one run ball, Andrew George would relieve Aggarwal in the top of the fourth inning and he would face trouble in trouble in two innings of work.

He would face runners on second and third and one man out in the fourth inning but would get extra hitter Justin Ford to ground out to second baseman Benny Partridge and strike out Stallions second baseman Rich Rodriguez to end the frame. In the fifth inning, George would face the bases loaded and two men out before Recio to flyout to right field, ending the threat.

After Marcus Botelho took over for George in the top of the sixth inning, the Stallions would begin to fight back. With runners on first and second and nobody out, he would get Ford to ground into a double play. During the next at bat, Botelho would throw a wild pitch, allowing a run to score to cut the lead down 3-2.
Stallions Take the Lead

The Stallions would come to life in the eighth inning, as Giovanni Canales would replace Botelho after two innings of his own and would walk the first two batters he faced. After a sacrifice bunt by Ford moved the runners into scoring position, Rodriguez would connect for a sacrifice fly to tie the score at three.

The next batter, designated hitter Josh Blackmore would connect for a two out single to left field to give the Stallions their first lead of the game 4-3.

Blue Sox Come Up Clutch

The Blue Sox bats had been quiet since the third inning, and after Ben Keefe replaced Neglia in the bottom of the fifth, the basepaths were eerily silent for the Sox.

That all changed in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Michael Cunningham would replace Keith and would walk the first two batters he faced. This would set up a sacrifice bunt attempt by designated hitter Wyatt Hunt that Recio would throw over the first baseman Mac McIntire’s head allowing both runners to score to give the Blue Sox the lead 5-4.
One Last Gast for the Stallions

The Stallions would not go down without a fight, as Gavin Enright replaces Canales in the top of the ninth inning and would hit Bak to start the inning. After a strikeout of right fielder Evan Dieter, Bak would steal second base and advance to third after a throwing error by Buecker, putting the tying run ninety feet away.

Enright would come up clutch, striking out Genther and getting Recio to ground out to second base to end the game.

Notable Stats
The Stallions have not lost two straight games after starting the season 7-0. They have been outscored 15-4 during this stretch.

This marks the first time the Blue Sox have won after trailing in the seventh inning or later this season.

What’s Next

The Blue Sox are back on the road on Wednesday June 12, as they face off against the Amsterdam Mohawks. The first pitch is at 6:35 p.m.
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