A big crowd at Lexington County Baseball Stadium went home happy Wednesday night as the Lexington County Blowfish opened their season with a 3-2 win over Florence.
The opening night festivities including several members of the community throwing out ceremonial first pitches and a special recognition of the Lexington County Lady Blowfish softball team. The young ladies on the team were introduced to the crowd, then accompanied the Blowfish players to their positions and stood with them for the national anthem, performed by the Lexington Community Band with an assist from local students.
The stands were even more full of Gamecock fans than usual, as Blowfish starting pitcher and University of South Carolina star Wil Crowe made his first appearance in any game since 2015. Crowe tore an elbow ligament while pitching for USC. His return was a success, as he pitched two strong innings for the Blowfish.
Another Blowfish player drawing especially loud cheers was outfielder Chris Singleton. The Charleston Southern star’s mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was one of nine people killed last summer in the shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Singleton got the first hit of the season for the Blowfish in the first inning.
The fans came to their feet in the bottom of the third inning as the Blowfish scored three times, and those runs proved to be all the home team would need. Florence made it close, cutting the lead to 3-2 in the sixth inning, but Lexington County’s relief pitchers gave up nothing else .
The Blowfish travel to Savannah for a Thursday night game, which fans can listen to on Z93.1, The Lake. They’ll return for home games Friday and Saturday, with fireworks after each game. More information and tickets are available here. More pictures from the home opener are available on the Midlands Anchor Facebook page.
Pictured: Wil Crowe on the mound Wednesday night (photo by Allen Wallace)