After four days of rest, coming off the All-Star break, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs started the weekend off strong with a win against the Lancaster Barnstormers defeating the Lancaster Barnstormers 5-4.

The Blue Crabs got on the board early in the second inning when Jamar Walton blasted a two-run shot over the wall in right to get the offense going. 

Lancaster came right back in the last of the third, and pushed four runs across.  Kevin Ahrens ripped a three-run home run and a couple of batters later Caleb Gindi came home to put Lancaster up 4-2.

In the fifth inning, the Blue Crabs tied the game at four.  Bryant Nelson singled allowing D’Arby Myers to score. 

Gustavo Molina, who returned to the lineup after a toe injury that caused him to miss close to a month and a half, drilled a single to left that allowed Nelson to score to even the score.

The Blue Crabs avoided extra innings in the ninth when D’arby Myers broke up the tie with a RBI single to bring in Eric Garcia to give the Blue Crabs the 5-4 victory.

Lancaster’s bats just couldn’t muster up enough offense to answer back in the ninth and fell to the Crabs in the first game of the series. 

Bryant Nelson went 4-5 and in the process surpassed Ray Navarrete for second all-time in Atlantic League history in the hits category. 

With 1,034 hits, Nelson is now 19 hits away from passing Jeff Nettles for most hits all-time in Atlantic League history. 

Additionally, Gustavo Molina, and Gary Brown both returned to the lineup after missing time with injuries.

Game two of the series will take place tomorrow night at 7:00 at Clipper Magazine Stadium.