Blues provide home fans with sweep
By GRANT MELIN
The Finney County Blues, after a two-week absence from home, delivered two more wins and also brought along excitement in both games as they swept Ulysses 6-2 and 9-8 on Monday at Clint Lightner Stadium.
In Game 1, Finney County drew first blood in the second inning when Frankie Rosas doubled to right field and drove home Addison Deherrera and Ian Jones for the Blues' first two runs. Rosas followed with a run of his own after a Robert Tomlin tripled to right field, sending him home to make the score 3-0.
Ulysses did not go away, though, as Tyler Watie took advantage of two errors by Blues shortstop Logan Dechant for a Ulysses run in the third inning to make it 3-1.
Finney County immediately fought back later in the third inning as Deherrera was hit by a pitch, stole a base, went to third on a wild pitch and Sy Donaldson was called for a balk, forcing in another Blues run. Brett Carmichael then scored on an Ian Jones double to left field. Rosas had another hit to bring Jones in for all of the Blues' runs. Despite another run by Ulysses' Deigo Maravilla in the fourth inning.
Game 2 also had Finney County drawing first blood as Tomlin walked, stole second, then ran home via two more wild pitches for the Blues first run of Game 2.
The third inning saw more action on both sides as Mason Chavez took advantage of another Dechant error at shortstop to come home after Laramie Lumley hit to left field. Finney County again responded with runs by Isaiah Rodriguez and Logan Dechant after RBI's by Jake Curran and Ivan Gutierrez.
The fourth inning had two more Blues players score as Tomlin batted home Jones, followed by Rodriguez, whose sacrifice fly to right field scored Tomlin to go up 5-1 after the fourth.
The fifth inning saw Ulysses come back to tie as Charles Garnette, Maravilla, Lumley, and Waite all took advantage of three hits in the inning to all make it home and get back in the game.
The sixth inning again had four runs, this time by Finney County. The Blues had two hits in the inning to score Deherrera, Tomlin, Rodriguez, and Dechant.
However, the big plays would prove crucial in the seventh inning as Maravilla and Lumley again scored before Jake Curran came in to replace Edgar Montoya at pitcher. Curran delivered a clutch performance in relief as he held Ulysses to just one run with the bases loaded. Garnette fouled out to catcher Daven Acker, then Mason Chavez flew out to centerfield to get the Blues out of a tight jam and escape with the sweep.
"You cannot play good every single day when you come out here," said Blues coach Lyle Befort. "Tonight we were off, but you've got to be good enough to get out there and get a win, and that's what they did."
Befort was impressed with Curran's courage at the very end.
"You gotta get guys that want the ball," said Befort. "Jake wanted the ball at the end of the game, and we gave it to him."
The Blues will be back on the road Friday through Sunday competing in the Pueblo, Colo., tournament.