Leicester Blue Sox have climbed the table to second place, courtesy of two wins over Long Eaton at the weekend.
In game one Justenas Raupenas pitched a gem, keeping the Storm’s bats quiet for long periods. In support, Dave Burke found form for the Sox with an RBI double in the first inning that brought home Rik Martina as well as bringing in three more runs in the sixth inning courtesy of a two-out bases-loaded double to centre-field.
The main highlight from Long Eaton was Oscar Martinez’s two-run homer late in the game, but it wasn’t enough for them to avoid a 9-3 defeat at the finish.
Sigitas Juskensas took to the mound for the Blue Sox in game two but found himself in early trouble, giving up three hits in the first inning including a double from Virgil Garcia. Thankfully Leicester tied it up at the bottom of the first inning.
The remainder of the game continued to see-saw in a similar fashion with both teams committing repeated fielding errors, which saw the score-line clock-up considerably.
Juskensas showed great composure in an unsettled game, striking out six Long Eaton batters, which proved to be the difference between the sides, as the Blue Sox completed a win-double over the Storm with a 16-10 victory.
In doing so, the Sox elevated from fifth position to second in the BBF Central Division and back in the playoff hunt.
This weekend, there is no baseball action as Leicester Blue Sox will be guests at this Saturday’s Western Park Festival.
Leicester resume their playoff push the following Sunday (17 July) with a home double-header against Milton Keynes Bucks, who are breathing down the necks of the Blue Sox in third place.
Photo: Rik Martina avoids the tag and slides into score.
Photo credit: Rob Campion