Blue Sox blow out Utica in opener

June 7, 2013
HOLYOKE – The Holyoke Blue Sox used an early game offensive explosion to take down the Utica Brewers in an exhibition game at MacKenzie Stadium, winning by a final tally of 17-1 in front of a crowd of 1,894.

After a scoreless top of the first inning, the Blue Sox struck first, with second baseman Jacob Cronenworth singling up the middle, third baseman Mike Ahmed walking, and then left fielder Jason Lombardozzi hitting a bloop single to right to bring them in.

The Sox continued the offensive onslaught from there, ringing up three more in the second and five in the third to take a blue sox pitching10-0 lead.

Utica struck for a run in the sixth, but Holyoke finished out the scoring in the unusual game, scoring six in the seventh and tacking on one more in the eighth for the final score.

"It was a nice win," head coach Darryl Morhardt said after the game. "Our hitters took good swings . we came ready to play, so it was nice to see."

The win was especially impressive considering some of Blue Sox players listed on the current roster are still participating in the NCAA Tournament with their respective teams and will join the Blue Sox at the conclusion of their seasons.

Blue Sox listed 27 names on the Opening Day roster with seven Major League Baseball draftees in the mix.

General Manager Kirk Fredriksson went across the country to get players with young men coming from all over the United States.

The Blue Sox roster includes players from USC, UC Davis, Kennesaw State, Buffalo, Michigan, USF, Michigan State, Cumberland, University of Miami, Stanford, Miami University, BYU, Central Florida, Oral Roberts, Stetson University, Holy Cross College and Sienna.

With multiple collegiate conferences represented the Blue Sox bring a wide range of talent to the Pioneer Valley.

Along with collegiate talent, the Blue Sox have attracted possible future Major Leaguers as well.

In the Blue Sox roster for 2013, there are seven MLB Drafted players.

Seven of the current players on the Blue Sox roster have been previously drafted by Major League organizations including the Phillies, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Marlins, Angels, Tigers and Orioles.

The 2013 MLB First-Year Players Draft will run from June 6 through June 8, and the Blue Sox expect more of their roster members to be drafted.

Tickets can be bought at the gate, $6 for adults, $4 for children age 3 to 12, $4 for senior citizens and children 2 and younger are free.

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