Utica Blue Sox win fifth straight game

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UTICA — The Utica Blue Sox won their fifth straight Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League contest, cruising past the Watertown Rapids 9-0 at home Monday night.

Utica is now 9-3 on the season.

The Blue Sox got started early scoring two in the second. Utica provided three insurance runs in the fourth as well, with another in the fifth. The final three runs were tacked on in the seventh.

Offensively the Blue Sox were led by Troy Hamilton, an infielder from USC Upstate. Hamilton had struggled at the plate this year, but broke out on Monday with a 4-for-4 day at the plate and two RBIs.

The Utica pitching staff was the story of the game. It was the team's first shut out of the season. Evan Esch pitched six scoreless innings to earn his second win of the season. The St. Thomas (Minn.) lefty handed things off to Joe Miceli and Gehrig Spradlin to shut the door in relief.

The Blue Sox return home Wednesday for a doubleheader against the Saugerties Stallions. First pitch is at 5:15 p.m. at Murnane Field.

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