ELKTON - At the end of the game on Wednesday, Coach Dave Loker and the Blue Sox had a lot to be happy about. Elkton snapped their seven game losing streak in commanding fashion, winning a matchup against the Broadway Bruins 7-4 to get back in the win column.
“I was real tickled by the way they played tonight,” Coach Loker said with a big smile after the game. “We hit the ball pretty well and our fielders were making plays. I thought everybody played a really good game.”
It was an all-around solid showing from the Blue Sox, as the offense scored seven runs, and the three Elkton pitchers were able to hold down the fort during their innings of work. The Blue Sox needed a good performance from their starting pitcher, which had been an area for growth for the team in the first half of the season. Starter Jose Rocha rose to the challenge, going five innings and allowing three runs to keep the game close.
“I had confidence in my defense,” Rocha said of his approach on the mound. “I was just trying to throw strikes and fill up the strike zone...and it worked out today.”
The Bruins had a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the fifth, when the Blue Sox bats responded by scoring three runs to retake the lead, 6-4.
They never gave it up after that, as Seth Berry and Mack Rexrode pitched a scoreless four innings of relief to close the game out and secure the win for Elkton.
“Jose did a great job, super job,” Coach Loker said. “And when Seth came in, he was running on fumes, he’s had to pitch in the last couple games, but he really toughed it out and got through the inning for us. And then Mack came in and finished up real strong.”
So, does Coach Loker feel the tides changing for his squad - perhaps a winning streak in the second half of the season?
“I hope so,” Loker laughed. “We got the win tonight, so that’s a start. Hopefully that’s the start to some good things.”
The Blue Sox are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Montezuma to take on the Braves (7-8). The Bruins hope to rebound on Saturday, when they host a tough opponent in the first place Clover Hill Bucks (11-2).