FLORENCE, S.C. – On Florence’s “KISS Night,” a team named after Hootie & the Blowfish ruined it.
The Lexington County Blowfish recovered from blowing a 4-0 lead and won 11-6 against the RedWolves at Sparrow Stadium.
Coach Ryan Vruggink’s Florence squad, as a result, dropped to 2-5. And, in this year’s I-20 Rivalry Series, Lexington County takes a 1-0 lead.
Lexington County’s 4-0 lead was undone in the bottom of the second when Florence erupted for its six runs. Two of them were scored on a triple by Eldrige Figueroa. Other key hits during the frame were RBI singles by Austin Ulick and Zachary Durfee.
But Lexington County, trailing 6-4, got back to business in the top of the fourth with three runs and never looked back. On a night in which the RedWolves’ pitching staff hit five batters, the Blowfish loaded the bases in the pivotal fourth with nobody out. Then after losing pitcher Zach Rice recorded a strikeout, the Blowfish scored on an error to get within 6-5. After Lexington County scored on a wild pitch to tie it, Jordan Holladay recorded an RBI groundout to make it 7-6.
It only got worse for the RedWolves in the fifth when the Blowfish’s Josiah Sightler homered.
And in the ninth, a hit-batsman and double set up three more Blowfish runs. For the night, 10 of Lexington County’s 11 runs were earned, and the RedWolves went through four pitchers Thursday after going through four others during Wednesday’s loss at Gastonia.
Florence now prepares for tonight’s 7 o'clock home game against the Savannah Bananas.
But it was apparent the RedWolves were more than happy to be done with “KISS Night” as players walked off the field.
The final song played as players left was Jimmy Buffett’s version of “Brown Eyed Girl.”