By Peyton Butt
In game one against the Florence Flamingos, the Blowfish captivated an early command of the game and didn’t look back. Home runs, high energy and stolen bases fueled the Blowfish to a sweep.
Daryian Pendergrass is one of the top base runners in the league and a fan favorite in the crowd. Pendergrass never fails to hype up the dugout while scoring runs and stealing bases for the Blowfish.
“Its amazing. Baseball you don’t get to play all of your life, one day it’s going to come to an end so why not enjoy it,” Pendergrass said.
Ryan Ouzts leads the Lexington Blowfish in home runs and reminded fans why he’s #1 with yet another home run early in the game, his 11th of the season. Outzs went 2-3 at the plate and started a chain reaction of home runs in the Blowfish dugout throughout the night.
Phillip Ard immediately followed with a home run of his own, his sixith of the season. Home runs were a major fuel to the Blowfish’s fire in tonight’s matchup. The bats were alive and on fire against the Flock.
Gunner Erikson made his Blowfish debut and took the win on the bump in game one, pitching five innings and allowing only two runs. The Blowfish held the lead throughout the first game and took the victory over the Flamingos 8-2.
After a slow start to game two, Ashby Vining stepped up to the plate on a mission. Vining hit not only his first home run but a grand slam to change the momentum of the game and send the Blowfish into the lead.
“I have been seeing the ball really well lately, I’ve been kind of on a hot streak hitting it well and with the pitcher struggling he threw me a fast ball up the middle and I took advantage,” Vining said. “At the end of the day that’s all you can ask for.”
Adding to the list of Blowfish who found the outfield wall, Zach Cowart hit his own home run out of the park making the home run count for the night four.
Landry Mead played a critical role in stopping Florence’s offense on the mound. Mead pitched 5.2 innings with five strikeouts and only four runs scored by the Flamingos.
“Tonight was a good night, I threw a little over my pitch count but it was good to throw some zeros and help pull out a Blowfish win,” Mead said.
In a crucial must win moment, Ty Jackson walked it off yet again to secure the victory and get the win for his team. Jackson has walked it off twice this season, and continues to be a source of energy among the crowd.
“It was truly a blessing, me and Coach KC had a little chit chat before when they had a meeting and he said ‘Do you want to bundt or do you want to swing?’ and I said ‘You know what KC, I’m going to swing away and if I don’t get the job done we are going to pass it to the hottest hitter in the CPL, Ryan Ouzts,” Jackson said “It’s truly a blessing and I got the job done and I can only thank the man above and this blowfish team. Blowies all summer!”
The energy in the Lex was unmatchable throughout the night. If you want a chance to see the Blowfish in action tickets are available at GoBlowfish.com