UTICA, N.Y. - The Blue Sox took a loss in the first game of their doubleheader against the Adirondack Trail Blazers on Saturday night. The game finished with a final score of 5-4 in the Trail Blazers' favor.
The Trail Blazers started the scoring for the night when they took a 2-0 lead at the top of the first inning. Chuck Hooker (Alderson Broaddus) hit a single that allowed the Trail Blazers to gain two runs.
The Blue Sox made the board for the first time of the game during the bottom of the third inning when they were able to gain a run. Taylor Olmstead (Southern New Hampshire) hit a double which allowed Kyle Norman (Buffalo) to cross home plate, putting the score at 2-1.
The Blue Sox built off of this as they increased their lead by three runs at the bottom of the fourth inning. The crucial play of the inning came when Adam LaRock (Iowa) was able to hit a double with Mitch Calandra (Eckerd) and Devon Garcia (Ohio) on second and third. Evan Lee (Ashland) was next up to bat and tallied another run for the Blue Sox when he hit a single that allowed Adam LaRock (Iowa) to score. This put the Blue Sox three runs ahead of the Trail Blazers with a score of 4-1.
The Blue Sox were able to hold onto their lead until the top of the seventh inning when they Trail Blazers were able to rally back and tie the game. Riley Schaefer (Texas Lutheran) earned the single for the Trail Blazers that tied the game at 4-4.
The doubleheader was knotted at the end of the seventh inning, which forced the game to go into extra innings. The result of the game would be decided after nine where the Trail Blazers would take the win. The Trail Blazers gained the game winning run at the top of the ninth inning when John Michael Boswell (Furman) hit a single, putting the score at 5-4. The Blue Sox could not answer back at the bottom of the ninth, putting the final score at 5-4.
Zac Bygum (Dartmouth) is awarded the win for pitching as he he allowed no hits or runs in three innings played. Dylan Leahy (Keystone) takes the loss as he finished the game allowing eight hits and four runs.
With the win the Trail Blazers put their record at 11-21, while the Blue Sox record falls to 11-22. The Blue Sox and Trail Blazers face another matchup on Saturday night as they play the second game of the doubleheader.
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