Jul 20, 2014 1:51 AM by Travis Clark
The Blues celebrated a victory on their season opener against the Academy Barons. With this victory the Blues not only keep up a 6 game win streak but also maintain their 3.5 game trail behind the Foresters in the CCL Central Division with hopes to catch up to Santa Barbra and go to the CCL play-offs. After an 8 1/2 inning battle the Blues came out victorious and took the series from the Barons.
Unlike the first game when the Barons took an early lead, the Blues scored in the bottom of the 1st off of a sacrifice groundout from Jeff Moberg that got Erik Lewis into score from third. But the Barons followed closely behind the Blues in the top of the 2ed with an RBI single that tied the game. However with a double play the Blues prevented the Barons to score anymore and kept them from taking the lead. The game remained tied into the 5th inning until Zach Zehner broke the tie with an RBI double that brought Erik Lewis into score. At this point in the game Erik Lewis had scored the both of the runs for the Blues. The Blues continued to extend their lead in the bottom of the 7th inning with an RBI single from Zach Zehner that brought Jeff Moberg into score. In the same inning Taylor Anderson hit a sacrifice fly into centerfield that brought Sheldon Neuse into score. The Blues led the game 4-1 and kept scoring into the bottom of the 8th inning with an RBI triple by Sheldon Neuse, bringing in Erik Lewis and Jeff Moberg. The game ended with the Blues taking the game and the series 6-1.
Dominic Taccolini began his start on the mound against the Barons strong and pitched through the 7th inning. Taccolini threw his way through 7 innings with 7 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 9 strikeouts. Tucker Forbes took the hill from Taccolini in the top of the 8th and pitched 1 inning without allowing the Barons to score. Andrew Vinson closed the game successfully for the Blues and allowed 2 hits, no runs and 1 strikeout.
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