Blue Sox sweep doubleheader, honor Roylance

The Smithfield Blue Sox beat the Salt Lake Outsiders 10-0 and 11-0 in a doubleheader Saturday at Richard V. Hansen Baseball Park.

The Blue Sox had the doubleheader scheduled around a ceremony to honor former player and Utah sports great Ralph Roylance, which was held in between games.

Roylance was an ace pitcher for the Blue Sox for fifteen years in the 1950s and 60s, and is a member of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame, the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame and the Southern Utah University Athletics Halls of Fame.

Prior to gametime, Smithfield was informed that the Outsiders would not have enough players to field a team. The Blue Sox went to work finding replacements for the Outsiders so the games could be played and the ceremony could happen as planned.

The help they found were members of the Sky View High baseball team, some of whom had already played a doubleheader earlier in the day.

Smithfield 10, Salt Lake 0

Blue Sox starting pitcher Casey Anderson threw a complete-game shutout, aided greatly by infielders Brandt Reese and Dallen Godfrey, who was filling in for regular starter Brennan Reese.

On offense, the Blue Sox used a huge fifth inning to inflict most of the damage.

Reese made the Outsiders pay after a leadoff walk. The second baseman proceeded to steal second and stole home on a double steal that sent Anderson to second. Anderson scored a single from Jordan Hansen, and Colby Read hit Hansen home with a double.

A two-run home run by Dustin Lind pushed the lead to 6-0, and Dallen Godfrey finished off the rally in the fifth by driving Chance Randall and Cody Godfrey home with a double.

The Blue Sox finished off the route in the sixth inning when a Dallen Godfrey single scored Lind, and after Randall scored from third on a wild pitch, the game was called due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Smithfield 11, Salt Lake 0

The second game of the doubleheader was controlled by Blue Sox starting pitcher Chad Smout, who racked up fifteen strikeouts in a complete game performance, and got plenty of offensive support.

Colby Read lead the way for Smithfield offensively after finishing with four RBI’s – a 2-RBI triple and a 2-RBI double. Brandt Reese added an RBI triple, and Dallen Godfrey added an RBI double.

Colton Anderson finished with 2-RBI’s after hitting a 2-run home run.

The Outsiders pitchers didn’t do much to help the cause. The trio of Jake Parks, Cody Howard, and Carson Porrat all pitched in the second game, which featured six batters hit by pitches – including Tyler Martin getting hit in three consecutive at-bats.

Despite being up 11-0 after six innings, the Blue Sox agreed to go all seven innings to give the Outsiders another shot at getting on the board. But the Outsiders ended up stranding Brent Craig on third after Justice Purser went down swinging to end the game.

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