Stewart Shuts Down Delmarva in ‘Claws Win

Will Stewart gave up four hits over six scoreless innings to lead the BlueClaws to an Opening Night win, 2-0 over Delmarva on Thursday at FirstEnergy Park.

The Shorebirds (7-1), who had won their first seven games of the season, had second and third with nobody out in the ninth off Kyle Dohy, but the lefty got a pair of strikeouts. Manager Marty Malloy then turned it over to Luis Ramirez, who got Trevor Craport to ground out to end the game. Ramirez, who saved 11 last year with Williamsport, got his first save of 2018.

The BlueClaws (4-4) got back to .500 with their third straight win and improved to 4-14 all-time in their home openers. Stewart, a 20th round pick in 2015, has not allowed an earned run in 11 innings so far this year.

The BlueClaws got on the board in the fourth inning on a home run to left center from Quincy Nieporte, his first of the season and sixth professional home run. Lakewood added a run in the fifth inning on a SAC fly from Dalton Guthrie.

Jonathan Hennigan threw 1-2-3 innings in the seventh and eighth for the BlueClaws.

Delmarva starter Cameron Bishop (1-1) gave up two runs over seven innings.

Simon Muzziotti and Cole Stobbe each had two hits for the BlueClaws.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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