Marcus and Co. Dethrone the Kings
With the game tied at three in the fifth inning and runners on second and third, David Marcus stepped to the plate determined to give the BlueSox the lead. He hit a deep fly ball to right field that was caught by Champion City right fielder Luke Valutis. Danny Hrbek tagged up and scored from third with ease, but Matt Hansen was able to tag from second as Valutis struggled to get the ball in.
The heads-up play by Hansen gave the BlueSox a two-run lead and the Kings were unable to recover. The BlueSox went on to win by a score of 7-4.
Matt Gordon (3-0) earned the win. He gave up only one earned run, eight hits, and tossed seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings on the hill.
Jamie Switalski entered in the seventh inning with one out and the bases loaded with the BlueSox clinging to a two run lead. Switalski deflated the threat by striking out Kings' center fielder Thomas Bradey and forcing Luke Valutis to groundout to get the team out of the jam.
Trent Armstrong (5-4) started for Champion City and was tagged with the loss. He allowed seven runs over 7.2 innings and struck out three.
Matt Hansen and David Marcus both had huge games at the plate. Hansen had two hits including a double and two RBIs. Marcus had the two run sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and hit a solo shot in the eighth.
Marcus now has ten home runs this season, tying him for the most home runs for a BlueSox player. By the way, Marcus is hitting .706 with two home runs and eight RBIs over his last five games.
Saturday night's matchup with the Kokomo Jackrabbits will be the last fireworks game of the summer so be sure to stop down at the KAP. The game is scheduled for 7:05pm and a fireworks show, presented by the Butler County Federated Library System, will begin shortly after the game. Tickets can be ordered online via our schedule page at www.butlerbluesox.net/schedule, through e-mail to Tickets@ButlerBlueSox.net, or by phone at 724.256.9994.