Blowfish Top Steamers, Advance to Championship SeriesAugust 9, 2012 - Coastal Plain League (Coastal Plain) Columbia Blowfish
The Blowfish got things started early at the plate. Federico Castagnini led the game off with a homerun to left field and the Blowfish offense was off and running. After Castagnini homered Graham Saiko walked and later scored on a Zach Smith singe to left centerfield off of Steamers starting pitcher Ryan Woodring. Woodring went just two innings allowing two runs on two hits while striking out three. Woodring would be charged with the loss.
The Steamers cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second getting a run off of Blowfish starter Griffin Jones. Jones went three innings giving up one unearned run on three hits while striking out two. Jones would not factor into the final decision.
The Blowfish extended their ead to three in the fourth when Tre-Von Johnson reached on a wild pitch after striking out. Stuart Pound then made the Steamers pay sending a two run blast over the center field wall to take a 4-1 lead. The Blowfish would add another run in the fifth when Saiko homored over the left field fence.
The Blowfish bullpen was again solid Thursday night. Wyatt Brown gave the Bowfish two scoreless innings to get the win. Zack Russell-Myers then pitched two scoreess innings of his own allowing two hits. Connor Sullivan pitched the eighth giving up just one hit and Joshua Knab pitched the ninth. Knab would find himself in trouble by loading the bases but was able to escape the jam and preserve the 5-1 win.
The Blowfish will now return home Sunday for their final home game of the season. The Blowfish will either host the Forest City Owls or Fayetteville SwampDogs at Historic Capital City Stadium at 6:05 in game one of the Petitt Cup Playoffs Championship Series. For tickets visit blowfishbaseball.com or call 254-FISH.
The Columbia Blowfish are in their seventh season at Historic Capital City Stadium and are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation's hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 16th season in 2012, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,000 alumni drafted and 51 alums - including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander - make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (atwww.facebook.com/coastalplainleague ) and follow us via Twitter (at cpleague).
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