Blue Wahoos riding high of second-half surge

Memories of a rugged first half of the Southern League season have faded for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

The second half of the year has been filled with success, at least through the first 17 games, as the Blue Wahoos ended the weekend riding the high of a franchise-record five-game win streak.

Pensacola blanked Montgomery 3-0 Sunday for its latest win at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium and is now 10-7 in the second half, good enough for first place in the South Division of the league standings.

It’s a remarkable turnaround for a team that won only 25 of the 68 games it played in the opening half.

“To have a fresh start in the second half like that, it creates a whole new feeling for us when we play,” Blue Wahoos manager Pat Kelly said. “It wasn’t a pretty first half, so to be able to be in the playoff race from the start of the second half and be competitive, it feels great.”

Solid pitching and timely hitting have been vital to the Blue Wahoos’ second-half surge.

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