<strong>SMITHFIELD—</strong> After a tough 4-8 loss to Brigham City Friday, the Smithfield Blue Sox bounced back to win both their games in Saturday’s double header against the Salt Lake Rangers 12-4 and 13-0.
Pitcher Colby Read led the Blue Sox in the second game, as he threw a no hitter and recorded five strikeouts as Smithfield played solid team defense.
“We’ve had too many games where we walk too many, have too many errors, get a lead, and can’t hold on,” Smithfield head coach Vic Bingham said. “We only had one error in the second game, with great plays at short stop and third base.”
With good defense came a barrage of batting. After taking a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the third the Blue Sox got on base and then capitalized on the Rangers’ errors.
The Rangers had seven errors in the third – four of which would cost them runs. Chance Randall, Shawn Olsen, and Cody Godfrey all had RBIs in the third for the Blue Sox to put Smithfield up 9-0 heading into the fourth.
The story in the top of the fourth would again be team defense as the Rangers had two groundouts and a fly-out, going three-up, three-down. With another display of patience at the plate Smithfield again got on base and capitalized on errors. The Blue Sox drew four walks, hit two doubles and three singles, stole five bases, and scored four runs. Olsen and Kash Christensen provided the RBIs for Smithfield.
“It was fun, we strung a bunch of hits together,” Olsen said. “We’ve struggled having games like that this year, but it was nice to come out on a Saturday, play against a bunch of nice guys, and just enjoy the game.”
With the playoffs only a few weeks away Smithfield hosts Tremonton Monday and top seeded Providence Thursday.
“I hope we keep playing team defense,” Bingham said. “We need to pitch it and catch it, if you can’t do that it doesn’t matter how well you bat.”