Plano Home Finale
Plano Home Finale
The Plano Blue Sox dropped their final home game of the season on Tuesday night against the Euless LoneStars, falling 4-2 to move to 17-27 on the season.
Euless jumped on the board in the fifth inning with a lone run coming on an RBI groundout by Matt Willard to give the LoneStars a 1-0 lead.
The Blue Sox managed to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Ben Maitland plated Maurice Cole with an RBI double.
An unearned run in the top of the eighth inning gave the LoneStars a one-run lead at 2-1 after a single by Chris Joseph plated Aaron Luna.
Euless notched two more runs in the top of the final frame, plating a pair of runs on an RBI single by Willard to give the LoneStars a comfortable 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.
And Plano tried to make it close in their final home game, beginning the inning with an out to centerfield before Skyler Stromsmoe was awarded a base on balls.
After the walk, the LoneStars opted for a pitching change, brining in reliever Brett Rosenthal to replace starter Taylor Cragin.
Stromsmoe’s speed threat on the base pads came to life immediately after Rosenthal took the mound, as Skyler successfully swiped second and third base with Cole at the plate.
After a Cole strikeout, Maitland smoked an RBI single to plate Stromsmoe and cut into the LoneStars lead at 4-2.
But that was all the Blue Sox could muster on Tuesday night, falling 4-2 after a Mitchell Putman strikeout swinging ended the game.
Rosenthal picked up the save for the LoneStars, his second of the season, pitching 0.2 innings while surrendering a lone hit and striking out two.
Euless’ Cragin picked up the win for the LoneStars to improve to 6-0 on the season, pitching 8.1 solid innings while allowing two runs (both earned) on two hits while walking one and striking out eight.
For the Blue Sox, starting pitcher Eric Evans escaped the game unscathed after going 6 innings and allowing one run on three hits with five walks and three strikeouts.
Mike Haddad took the loss for the Blue Sox, pitching the seventh and eighth innings while allowing one run (unearned) on two hits.
After a rough outing for Blue Sox reliever D. Waggoner, who allowed two runs (both earned) on one hit while walking two without picking up a single out.
Max Hutson pitched the remainder of the ninth inning for Plano, surrendering no runs on one hit.
Maitland led the Blue Sox offensively on the evening, going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Cole also had a productive night at the plate, going 1-for-4 with a run scored.
After a road game last night against the first-place Coppell Copperheads, the Blue Sox have an off night tonight before returning to the field tomorrow night at Mineral Wells with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The Blue Sox’ final two games of the season will take place this weekend on the road. Plano will face the Duncanville Deputies on Saturday at the Duncanville Deputies with a 7:05 start time before concluding the season on Sunday at Euless with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m.