BOWIE – Bowie Baysox starting pitcher David Hess finished last season with a solid 10-5 record after splitting time between the Baysox and the Frederick Keys (A) of the Carolina division. Nevertheless, Hess entered a match against the Trenton Thunder on June 23 with a 3-5 record and a shaky start to the year. Unfortunately, […]
BOWIE – Bowie Baysox starting pitcher David Hess finished last season with a solid 10-5 record after splitting time between the Baysox and the Frederick Keys (A) of the Carolina division.
Nevertheless, Hess entered a match against the Trenton Thunder on June 23 with a 3-5 record and a shaky start to the year. Unfortunately, his pitching woes continued despite starting his night off on fire after he accounted for two scoreless innings and two strikeouts.
“(Hess) just didn’t get the ball to the bottom of the strike zone, elevated some pitches, and never got on track,” said Baysox Manager Gary Kendall, whose team fell 13-8. “He never got on track and he was hit pretty hard.”
Bowie started off with a bang during the bottom of the second inning when infielder Garabez Rosa reached first on a single to right field. Baysox infielder Joey Terdoslavich then followed up with a two-run home run to right field.
Hess then found himself in a jam in the top of the third after he allowed a hit and a walk to leave runners in scoring position with no outs. From there, Hess gave up four hits and five runs before being pulled in exchange for Bobby Bundy.
“We put together some good at bats but we came up short in the end,” Terdoslavich said. “Usually a young team will throw away a lot of bats, but we don’t seem to do that. We have a really positive group.
“As far as tonight with the pitching – it happens. You can’t hang your head. We have a lot of talent and we could easily be above .500 if a couple of things went our way. I’m excited for the rest of the season.”
With one down, Bundy gave up another run to the first batter he faced. Bundy tossed a fat pitch to Trenton outfielder Lane Adams, who hit an RBI double to score Miguel Andujar. However, Bundy settled down and quickly retired the side. Trenton tallied another run in the top of the fourth when Andujar hit a two-out single to drive in Jake Skole.
Bowie third baseman Drew Dosch committed a throwing error to first base that went into the stands in the top of the fifth. Adding insult to injury, Adams stole second base to put himself in scoring position. Trenton second baseman Cito Culver delivered with a line drive single to right field. On the ensuing play, Skole knocked a single to load the bases with no outs.
Trenton outfielder Michael O’Neill smacked a line drive up the middle on an RBI single to score Culver and make it 11-2. Bundy continued to struggle against the Thunder, but he did manage to retire the side after giving up three runs.
Bowie managed to put a run on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning when Terdoslavich scored a run with two outs.
That set up the plate for Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph, who has been on rehab assignment after suffering an injury on Memorial Day. However, Joseph struck out swinging. Despite only accounting for one hit, he has boasted a .500 batting average so far as he gets ready to rejoin the Orioles.
Trenton was held scoreless in the top of the sixth, while Bowie tried to gain momentum the following inning. With two down, Bowie shortstop Adrian Marin drilled a shot to center for a double to score two runs.
Trenton decided to make a pitcher change after Bowie’s late spark. Caleb Smith replaced Chance Adams, who threw for five and two-thirds innings, allowing seven hits and six runs. Smith walked the first batter he faced before Henry Urrutia drove in Marin on a double to complete the scoring for the inning.
Kyle Higashioka of Trenton hit a two-run shot to extend the Thunder lead to 12-7. Scoring resumed for the Baysox in the bottom of the eighth after Marin reached third base on a stand-up triple, followed by a Dosch RBI groundout. Trenton shortstop Tyler Wade reached third base on a triple and eventually scored the final run of the evening in the top of the ninth after Andujar hit an RBI double.
Despite dropping two games against Trenton in a three-game series, Kendall was happy with the grit his team played with to the very end.
“They did the best they could but they had their hitting shoes on tonight,” Kendall said. “I was proud at how we came back and made a game of it. It shows how things can turn around, and we were just a few hits away from making it interesting. We could have died when we were so many runs down, but we didn’t.”