Blue Sox post epic comeback against Military All-Stars


June 26, 2013
HOLYOKE – A rain delay and a tough first inning seemed to leave the home team soaked, but an epic two-out rally in the fourth sparked the Holyoke Blue Sox to a 9-7 victory in front of 1,408 at Mackenzie Stadium against the US Military All-Stars on June 24.

The All-Stars struck right away, tallying three runs before their first out thanks to a combination of hits and walks that saw them tally four times overall in the inning.

They then rang up three more in the top of the fourth to take what appeared to be a commanding 7-0 lead. It was an advantage that instead lasted just two thirds of an inning.

After a leadoff single and then a walk, the All-Stars induced two quick outs. The next eight batters all reached, with two walks, a single, a double, a single, a triple, a walk, and another single bringing in eight runs to give the local nine a shocking 8-7 lead.

The Blue Sox plated one final run in the seventh thanks to second baseman Brendan Hendriks firing a triple into right center and then scoring when left fielder Johnny Locher drove him in for the 9-7 final.

Hendriks finished the game 1-for-2 with three walks, an RBI and a run scored. Locher raked three hits, driving in two runs while scoring one.

Joel Fisher had two hits and two RBI while Willy Yahn drove in one run and scored twice while recording two hits.

Clayton Bealieu also had two hits.

Blue Sox starting pitcher Hunter Salem struggled early, but settled down and earned the win, allowing seven runs – four earned – while striking out seven in seven innings of work.

Holyoke followed up the exhibition win with a 9-4 loss to the Danbury Westerners on June 25.

Matt Reida hit a two-RBI double and Hendriks and Jacob Bruce both knocked in runs in the fourth inning, but starter Nathan Williams failed to get out of the fifth inning on the hill. He gave up five earned runs in 4.2 innings of work, dropping his record to 2-1 on the season.

Hampden Native Bryan Goossens couldn't stop the bleeding in relief, giving up three earned runs in 1.1 innings.

The Blue Sox, in third place in the New England Collegiate Baseball League's Western Division with a 7-4 record, play a pair of home games on June 27, 28 and 29 against the Laconia Muskrats, Keene Swamp Bats and Plymouth Pilgrims.

Both games will take place at Mackenzie Stadium at Holyoke High School at 6:35 p.m.




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