Sampson stays the course despite adversity

Life as a starting pitcher in professional baseball can be difficult. There are nights when a starter throws well enough to win only to see the effort wiped out by a lack of offense.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos pitcher Keyvius Sampson was in that position Saturday night against the Mississippi Braves. He gave up only three hits and struck out five in six innings. But the first-inning home run he allowed to David Rohm came back to haunt him in a 1-0 loss at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.

It didn’t help the Blue Wahoos managed only six hits and left the bases loaded in the ninth inning.

“It’s pretty tough to lose that way,” Sampson said. “You never want to let one pitch, one hit, decide the game. But it happens sometimes.”

Read the full story in the May 21 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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