By David Rogers. BOONE, N.C. — A late innings rally by the Bridgeman Dentistry Rockies was not quite enough to overcome an early scoring barrage by the H&T Chair Co. Blue Jays on May 19 at the Watauga Recreation Center’s Field 3. The Blue Jays held on to defeat the Rockies, 7-6.
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The Blue Jays’ starting pitcher, Everett Grider was throwing heat during his time on the mound, tossing nine strikeouts in his first three innings of work. The only blemish he suffered was giving up a single to the Rockies’ center fielder Mikey Portante leading off the top of the third. The opportunistic Portante stole both second base and third base, then hurried home on a passed ball.
The Rockies scored their second run in the top of the fourth inning when leadoff hitter Eli Lee rapped a double, stole third base and then was forced home on two successive walks and a hit batter.
Rockies third baseman Jack Bridgeman knocked in a pair of runs in the top of the 6th inning with a double, helping his team to a 4-run inning that brought the result closer.
The Blue Jays’ offense scored five runs early, two in the first inning and three in the third, then added two more in the bottom half of the fifth inning to close things out.
The Blue Jays manufactured runs with 13 stolen bases, and benefited from six walks, six passed balls and four fielding errors by the Rockies.
The Rockies stole six bases and benefited from five walks, four fielding errors by the Blue Jays, and one hit batter.
On Tuesday, May 23, the Blue Jays take on the Oil Exchange Cardinals at 5:30 p.m and 7:30 p.m. in a doubleheader, while the Bridgeman Dentistry Rockies have a doubleheader matchup with the Wendy’s Phillies on Wednesday, May 24.