Blue Sox emerge from slugfest to stay perfect

Published 6:45 pm Saturday, June 20, 2009

twenty-two runs, 33 hits, seven errors.

That’s the combined line score the Austin Blue Sox and Rosemount Black Sox put up Saturday afternoon in the second of a two-game series at Marcusen Park which the Blue Sox won 14-8.

Aaron Port, who took to the mound for the first time in two years, got the win for the Blue Sox who were a patchwork defense of nine players Saturday, many of which played in positions they were not accustomed to.

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It wasn’t a pretty five innings Port pitched, giving up nine hits over that time and allowing five runs, four of those earned.

“I told them I could pitch,” Port said. “I could throw it across the plate, they would just have to make the plays.

“We got some pretty good D from a scrambled defense, but we came together.”

Dan Swift, who started at third rather than his usual spot at first base, accounted for almost half of Austin’s runs, going 5 for 6 with six RBI’s and nearly hitting for the cycle.

Swift had a single, double and triple leading up to his last at-bat in the bottom of the eighth inning. Needing a homerun to complete the cycle, Swift drove a Dave Neudecker pitch to deep left centerfield that fell just short of the wall.

“It’s one of those things, that once you get into the batter’s box, you don’t really think about it,” Swift said. “When I was sitting on second, the shortstop asked me if a homerun would have given me the cycle.”

Swift also saw some time on the mound, taking over for Nate Johnson who had relieved Port in the sixth inning.

“The last time I pitched was 11 years ago in college,” Swift said. “We were in dire need of arms today.”

Back at the plate, Port went 5 for 5, with four runs scored, three stolen bases and an RBI.

With the win, the Blue Sox move to a still perfect 9-0 on the year.