Saturday night the stars of the past and present collided at the Lexington Country Baseball Stadium for the 11th edition of the Gamefish Cup.
This exhibition is a showcase between South Carolina alums and Lexington Blowfish players. It's also fundraiser for charities. This year's charity is Hands of Hope.
Lexington came in hoping they could take down the likes national champion Matt Price and other former Gamecocks to end USC's three game win streak in the Gamefish Cup.
USC Freshman TJ Shook got the start and he set the tone with one of his two strikeouts to highlight a scoreless first inning.
Then in the top of the second former USC national champ Robert Beary thinks he has a double but William Thomas, out of Irmo, robs him with a magnificient diving catch in left field to keep the game scoreless.
Former USC pitcher Hunter Privette would stop the no-hit bid for Lexington in the third inning as the alums tried to build some momentum. But nothing was really going USC's way. Lexington's Chase Teter lays out for ground ball and still makes the throw for the final out of the fourth inning as the game was still deadlocked.
However, the Blowfish fed off of the play from Teter. In the bottom of the frame with two outs Grambiling's Marshawn Taylor breaks the seal on this game with a single that produces not one but two runs as Lexington takes a 2-0 lead.
The USC Alums did score on a wild pitch to prevent the shutout in the sixt inning but Price strikes out in the top of the 7th to end the game.
The Blowfish hold on for a 2-1 victory. The end the USC alum's three game win streak and bring the Gamefish Cup back to Lexington. They also break the tie in the Gamefish Cup series and lead 6-5.
"You know it was big playing against legends from USC," Taylor said. "They are people who went to the college world series and have a lot of experience in the game so that was fun. We just came into the game trying to have fun. Playing against older people who been playing the game for a long time was a good experience.
Hoisting the trophy could be a big boost to this Lexington squad that is 9-18 at the end of the first half of their summer season but they've been improving in the most important column. Wins.
"We've been playing great the last 7 or 8 games. I think we finished winning 7 of our last 9 or 10. We're poised to have a great second half," Blowfish manager Jonathan Johnson said.
"We finally got some pop in the middle of lineup, we got our middle infielders in, got pitchers that are throwing well, giving us a chance right now. So I'm excited about the second half. Every game right now builds momentum. Even this game, that really doesn't count for anything, just to go out as a winner continues to build that confidence. Hopefully it'll propel us into Monday which is the first game of the second half to go out and play good baseball and hopefully play ourselves into the playoffs."
The Lexington Blowfish hosts the Martinville Mustangs on Monday night and then play the Florence Redwolves at home for the Fourth Of July. There will be Fireworks both nights at the Lexington County Baseball Stadium.