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By Mitchell Broughton
New Market rallies in the late innings to come back from a 5-1 deficit to beat the Grottoes Cardinals 10-5, taking a one-game lead in a best of five semifinals series.
Two former minor league pitchers took the mound Sunday evening. Colton Harlow, previously in the farm system for Colorado Rockies got the start for New Market while Austin Nicely, a former farm system player for the Houston Astros, started for Grottoes. Both pitchers were dominant early on. Harlow struckout eight and gave up six hits and two runs in five innings for the Shockers — his best outing of the summer by far. Nicely, who didn’t give up an earned run during the entirety of the regular season, somehow one-upped Harlow in his outing. Nicely struck out nine and gave up only two hits and one run in five full innings as well. If both arms were able to go the distance, there would be no way that 15 total runs would score.
I was fortunate enough to join the broadcast on WSVA, and before the game Woodstock River Bandits’ head coach Mike Bocock claimed that the key to this game, and ultimately the entire series would be the bullpens for both squads. Last night, he could not have been more correct. Once Harlow and Nicely got relieved, it was a completely different ball game.
Kirk Messick took over on the mound for the second-seeded Shockers and threw three solid innings for New Market. He only recorded one strikeout, but the longtime lefty did his job limiting the lethal Cardinals batting order to four hits and three runs. It was a different story for Grottoes. Brennan Abbott took the ball from Nicely and struggled to get into a rhythm. Only lasting a little over two innings, Abbot let up four hits, gave up six walks, and allowed six runs to score which gave up the Cardinals’ lead late in the ball game.
The one play that changed the game was a costly error by Grottoes shortstop Tristan Shoemaker in the bottom of the eighth. With bases loaded and two outs on the board, Nick Goode hit a grounder to short for what should have been a routine 6-3 inning-ending out. Unfortunately Shoemaker airmailed the throw well over the first baseman’s glove, allowing two more runs to score. The next batter up, Grant Thompson would single to center field, scoring two more runs for New Market, increasing their lead to 10-5. One throw ultimately resulted in four unnecessary runs.
Seven Shockers recorded a hit in last night’s contest, but only two came off of Austin Nicely’s pitches. Haden Madagan got the offense going in the second inning when he tripled to deep left center field and scored after a Ty Bennet single the next at-bat. Bennett finished the game with two hits and two runs scored himself. Matt Moon also had a two-run single in New Market’s big eight inning run.
Grottoes actually had a better night at the plate, outhitting New Market 12-8 last night. All-RCBL catcher Dylan Nicely had two RBI doubles in back to back plate appearances for the Cardinals, resulting in three runs scored. Austin Nicely and Tristan Shoemaker each had two hits and a run batted in as well.
The next game of the series will take place tonight at Shifflett Field down in Grottoes. From the looks of it, this series is going to be exciting and could very well go to a deciding game five. New Market takes the early advantage in the series.
FINAL: New Market 10 Grottoes 5. Win: Kirk Messick (2-0). Loss: Brennan Abbott (0-1).
By Mitchell Broughton
Bridgewater took an early lead, but the Bruins stormed back after a lightning delay to take the first win of the five game series 7-1.
Jonathan Sexton singled in the top of the second and stole second base after a failed pick off attempt. The next at-bat, All-RCBL outfielder Jacob Grabeel slapped a single over the shortstop’s head that would score Sexton, which would end up being the only run of the game for the Reds. Four Bridgewater players recorded a hit in last night’s ballgame.
Reds’ starter Tanner Moyers threw five scoreless innings before being replaced after the lightning delay in the sixth with two runners on base. He finished his outing with four hits, three walks, three strikeouts and two earned runs. His reliever, Matt Schobe, struggled to get in a rhythm. Schobe allowed four hits and five earned runs.
The Bruins’ had plenty of runners on base before they opened up their scoring in the sixth, but struggled to get some runs across. Travis Reifsnider has been playing his best ball of the summer in the playoffs. Last night he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. All-RCBL infielder Josh Jones had just one hit, but his single drove in two more runs for the Bruins. RCBL MVP Chase DeLauter has struggled to get anyone to pitch to him in the playoffs since his first inning home run in the first game of the first round against Stuarts Draft. He walked four times last night. In the last three games he has been walked 12 times in a row. He has certainly proven himself this season as the biggest threat at the plate and now nobody will pitch him anything close.
John Judy got the start on the mound for Broadway. In his six innings he recorded eight strikeouts and gave up just two hits to record his third win of 2020. Judy also had a night at the plate; he had two hits, two RBIs and scored himself off a passed ball in the sixth inning.
The second game in this series will be held at Ruritan Park in Montezuma on Monday August 10 at 7:30 PM.
FINAL: Bridgewater 1 Broadway 7. Win: John Judy (3-0). Loss: Tanner Moyers (0-3).
By Mitchell Broughton
In a decisive game three at Rebel Field, New Market defeats Elkton 6-3 to advance to the semifinals after multiple rain suspensions.
Originally scheduled for Wednesday August 5th, the Shockers and Blue Sox got through five complete innings when a thunderstorm in the area postponed the game in the top of the sixth inning with an Elkton runner on first and a 2-2 count for the batter, no outs, and a 5-3 New Market lead. The game could not be resumed until last night when New Market ace and All-RCBL left-handed pitcher Darrell Thomspon took the mound following his 19-strikeout performance in game one.
Thompson picked up right where he left off on Sunday, throwing the final four innings for New Market and grabbing the save. He struck out ten batters, gave up only two hits and zero walks.
On Wednesday, it was Reilly Owen who started on the mound for the Shockers. Owen’s last outing resulted in a complete game win, and he started out the game riding that momentum against the Elkton lineup. In his four complete innings, Owen struck out seven batters. In the top of the fifth he struggled to find his fastball which resulted in a few costly walks, leading to the three Elkton runs. Michael Prosperi came in to relieve Owen with two outs, and while it took a few batters, got the Shockers out of that jam with their lead still intact.
New Market held the sometimes lethal Blue Sox offense to only five hits. Jack Marshall had two and Hunter Powell, Lee Carneal, and Tristan Gordon all had one. The Shockers got their offense going off of twelve hits. Grant Thompson led the team with two RBIs and Nick Goode had two doubles in his first two at bats. Frankie Ritter, Matt House, and Ty Bennett all had a pair of hits for New Market as well.
For Elkton, this was their final game of 2020 as they have been eliminated. The Blue Sox finished the season with a combined record of 7-17.
New Market advances to the semifinals again after getting eliminated in the first round by Elkton in 2019. The Shockers, being the second seed in the playoffs, will face off against Grottoes in the next round. New Market swept the Cardinals in the regular season, beating them three times 14-8, 6-5, and 11-3 back in July. The first game of that five-game series will start tomorrow August 9th at Rebel Field.
FINAL: Elkton 3 New Market 6. Win: Michael Prosperi (4-0). Loss: Elliot Erkel (2-3). Save: Darrell Thompson.
By Mitchell Broughton
The National Weather Service issued an Upset Alert in Elkton last night as the second-ranked New Market Shockers traveled to Stonewall Memorial Park to play to stay alive after falling to the Blue Sox in a heartbreaking game one stunner on Sunday night. However, the only storm that passed through the valley yesterday was the barrage of hits that the Shockers let loose on the Blue Sox defense, New Market got their revenge last night winning 11-3.
Elkton started out exactly where they left off in game one, ahead of New Market. In the bottom of the first, with two runners on and two outs, it was Jack Marshall that opened up the game’s scoring with an RBI double scoring J.J. Loker to put the Sox up 1-0. Leading off the next inning, Jose Rocha hit a deep fly ball to right field where a New Market player collided with the fence in an attempt to make a play and struggled to get a hold of the ball afterwards. Rocha used his speed to make it all the way around for an inside-the-park home run, his fourth homer of 2020. Later in that same inning Will Decker would hit a double through the gap to score Jack Bourdon, increasing Elkton’s lead to 3-0.
New Market bounced back in a massive fifth inning rally that was started out with a two-run homer over the left field fence to tie the game at 3-3. Matt Moon, Nick Goode, Grant Thompson, Haden Madagan, and Ty Bennett all got base hits in that fifth inning for the Shockers. In total, New Market had seven base hits and scored seven runs to take a 8-3 lead heading into the sixth, and Elkton couldn’t get any offense going to make a comeback. There were a few offensive leaders for New Market last night. Grant Thompson had a game-high three hits, including a double and two RBIs. Matt Moon was a threat hitting at the ninth spot. The catcher had two hits and a game-high three RBIs. Every member of the Shockers’ order got at least one hit last night, most had multiple. In total, New Market was able to put up 17 hits on the Elkton pitchers.
Tad Dean pitched eight innings for New Market. After the early scoring, he held the Blue Sox scoreless for six straight innings, often putting his defense in the position to make some great plays. Dean finished the night with three strikeouts, three walks, and gave up eight hits in a win. Ethan Laird relieved him in the ninth and closed out the game striking out two of the final three outs.With the win, New Market forces a series-deciding game three that will be held tonight (weather permitting, of course) back at Rebel Field. Both Elkton and New Market have the talent to put up a lot of runs, but the deciding factor will ultimately be the pitching, which at this point the Shockers have the edge in.
FINAL: New Market 11 Elkton 3. Win: Tad Dean (1-0). Loss: Carson Atkins (1-2).
By Leyton Pullin
The Broadway Bruins defeated Stuarts Draft 14-0 to complete the 2 games to 0 sweep over the Diamondbacks but the score did not dictate how close and tense the game was through the first 6 innings.
Stuarts Draft would start Jailey Paredes and would struggle through his first 2 innings putting 2 runners on in each but would get out of each. The 3rd would be different however as Bryce Strawderman and Travis Reifsnider would work walks in the followed by Chase DeLauter getting the free pass then Josh Jones would deliver with a sacrifice fly to score Strawderman. Two pitches later Travis Reifsnider would steal home to give the Bruins a 2-0 advantage.
Both teams had been exchanging words throughout the early innings then the game would reach a breaking point. Kent Rooklin would fly out to Chase Delauter who made a spectacular diving catch then would double up Bob Funk at 2nd base to end the 3rd before words were exchanged between Funk and Short Stop Tyler Ault before the benches would clear and Travis Reifsnider would come and pull Ault away to try and deescalate the situation. Warnings were handed out to both sides after the field was cleared.
Baseball would resume as both starters Paredes and Liam McDonnnel would settle in and would hold each line up scoreless until we got to the top of the 7th. Paredes struggled to find the strike zone giving up back to back lead off walks before Josh Jones would deliver again with a RBI single. John Judy would also add on an RBI single before Chris Holsinger would square up a 2RBI single. Matt Meiser would follow with a 2 run homerun to right center. Natty Soloman would single and score on a passed ball before the bases would load up for Jones to deliver again this time with a grand slam to extend the Broadway lead to 14-0 before an out was recorded in the top of the 7th. Stuarts Draft would have to attempt to rally in the bottom of the 7th to avoid the mercy rule but would fail to as they were retired in order.
For Stuarts Draft their season comes to an end in a two game sweep by the Bruins. For Broadway they will advance to the semifinals and will await their opponent. After the big offensive explosion Matt Meiser said,” It took awhile for our bats to wake up and you see good stuff happens when we start hitting. That’s been our approach all year.” Meiser has to his own admission been struggling for the past few games including two strikeouts in his first two at bats today had a 2 run homerun in the 7th. Josh Jones had a huge night for the Bruins with 6 RBIs while his teammate and RCBL Player of the Year Chase Delauter walked every time he came to the plate. Liam McDonnel would pick up the win with 7 strikeouts and 0 runs given up.
By Mitchell Broughton
In the first of a three game series against the Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks, the regular season champion Broadway Bruins captured a big 4-2 win at Eagle Field on Sunday night.
RCBL Pitcher of the Year Adam Riggleman got the start in game one and continued his excellence on the mound. Riggleman pitched seven innings for the Bruins; he struck out eight, gave up zero walks, and allowed just two runs against the D-Backs. Relieving him in the eighth, Trent Abernathy picked up a save for Broadway. Abernathy allowed no hits and struck out three to clinch the first game of the series for the Bruins.
Chase DeLauter continued his MVP performance as he homered in the bottom of the first to give the Bruins an early lead. That marked his fourteenth home run of the year. DeLauter did not see another pitch the rest of the game, he was intentionally walked three times. Bryce Strawderman had two RBIs for Broadway, one off a single in the second and the other a sac-fly in the eighth. John Judy had the third hit for the Bruins when he singled in the seventh inning, scoring DeLauter from second base.
Ironically, Stuarts Draft out-hit Broadway 6-3. Nate Burton tripled in the seventh inning which scored Reeves Whitmore, who doubled during the at-bat prior. Bob Funk singled at the next at-bat, scoring Burton to tie the game late.
Calyb King pitched all eight innings for the Diamondbacks. King gave up 11 walks and three hits but struck out six in an effort to save some Draft arms for the rest of the series.
The Bruins take the first of the best-of-three series and will travel to the Diamond Club tonight for game two. Liam McDonnell is scheduled to take the mound tonight for Broadway, the starter for Stuarts Draft has not been announced. If Broadway wins, they advance to the semifinals; if Draft wins, the deciding game will be played tomorrow at Eagle Field.
FINAL: Stuarts Draft 2 Broadway 4. Win: Adam Riggleman (4-0). Loss: Calyb King (1-3). Save: Trent Abernathy.
By Mitchell Broughton
Many have said that this 2020 season has been filled with the highest level of individual talent that the RCBL has seen since its start in 1924. With many other collegiate and amatuer baseball leagues around the country being cancelled, the RCBL has been a landing spot for a lot of the Shenandoah Valley’s top talent. There were a lot of players in consideration for this team, but ultimately those who voted determined that these ball players were the best that the county league had to offer:
Pitcher: Adam Riggleman, Broadway Bruins — Riggleman has been a dominant, under the radar threat on the mound this season for the Bruins. The Pitcher of the Year finished the regular season with an undefeated record of 3-0 and the league’s best ERA of 0.78 in 23 innings pitched.
Pitcher: Darrell Thompson, New Market Shockers — Thompson has had one of the best individual pitching performances in recent RCBL history. In 37 innings, he has struckout 55 batters and only walked six — that gives him a ridiculous strikeout-to-walk ratio of a little over 9 strikeouts per walk.
Pitcher: Lliam Grubbs, Bridgewater Reds — Grubbs is the only other pitcher besides Riggleman to finish the season with an ERA less than one — his being 0.84. In 21.1 innings, he has allowed only two runs, struck out 30, and only walked eight. Grubbs is the best of the arsenal of arms on the Bridgewater roster.
Pitcher: Mike Dailey, Grottoes Cardinals — The VCU Ram has also had quite the season for Grottoes. With a record of 3-1, Dailey has struck out 31 batters and only walked five. In 17 innings he has an ERA of 2.65 which is good for fourth-best in the league.
Catcher: Dylan Nicely, Grottoes Cardinals — Dylan started out the 2020 season in a double header against Montezuma where he went 7-for-8 with three home runs and five RBIs. Since then, he has been one of the most dangerous hitters in the league. In the regular season, Nicely batted .403 with 29 hits (12 extra base hits) and 15 RBIs. Nicely led all catchers with 152 putouts this season and had a fielding percentage of .981 in 132 innings behind the plate.
Catcher: Adam Hackenburg, Montezuma Braves — The Clemson Tiger was the best player on the Braves’ roster this season. He had the second-best fielding percentage of all catchers, .991 in 93 innings behind the plate. In the batter’s box Hackenburg hit .388 with four doubles, a home run, and five RBIs.
Infielder: Cody Bartley, Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks — Bartley was one of the top hitters in the league this season. He finished third in batting average (.438), second in RBIs (30), and second in home runs (10). Cody has been the strongest offensive player for the D-backs this season.
Infielder: Josh Jones, Broadway Bruins — When the Bruins hired Bob Wease, the league knew that Josh Jones would be one of the players that he would be bringing with him to boost the Broadway roster. And he did. Jones finished the regular season batting .375 with 11 extra base hits and 29 RBIs, good for third-best in the RCBL.
Infielder: Kevin Navedo, Clover Hill Bucks — Navedo is one of the best defensive infielders that the league has to offer. In the regular season Kevin finished with a .909 fielding percentage but also pitched in at the plate. Navedo hit .365 with 15 RBIs in his first season in the RCBL.
Infielder: Nick Goode, New Market Shockers — Goode had the fourth-best batting average in the league of .415. He finished the regular season with six RBIs and eight stolen bases, but also had a perfect fielding percentage at first base for the Shockers.
Infielder: Tanner Morris, Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks — Tanner is one of the top defensive shortstops in the RCBL; with a fielding percentage of .936 he has only made two errors in 85 innings in the field. He also ranks second in the league batting .462 to go along with four home runs and 19 RBIs.
Outfielder: Chase DeLauter, Broadway Bruins — This year’s Rookie of the Year and MVP has been the most dominant player in the league by far. Batting .545 in the regular season, Chase led the RCBL in hits, runs, home runs, extra base hits, RBIs, and many other offensive categories. He broke the RCBL’s regular season home run record (Pointstreak era, since 2013) with 13 in just 19 games played. Also, in center field he has recorded 32 putouts in 121 innings with zero errors.
Outfielder: Corbin Lucas, Bridgewater Reds — Last year’s MVP continued to showcase why he is one of the league’s top players. He is tied for fourth in the RCBL batting .415 to go along with 16 RBIs, seven extra base hits, and 18 runs scored.
Outfielder: Henry Delavergne, New Market Shockers — Henry is one of the best all-around players in the RCBL. This season, he hit .338 with five extra base hits, 11 RBIs, and 20 runs scored. He also leads the league in stolen bases with 16 so far.
Outfielder: Jacob Grabeel, Bridgewater Reds — In 152 innings in the outfield, Grabeel has only made one error, that leaves him with a fielding percentage of .944. At the plate, Jacob hit .342 with nine extra base hits, 15 RBIs, and 20 runs scored. He is another outfielder that is one of the best all-around players in the RCBL.
Designated Hitter: J.J. Loker, Elkton Blue Sox — With a .525 on-base percentage, Loker has done his job as a DH better than the rest. In the regular season he batted .362 with eight extra base hits, 25 RBIs, and 20 runs scored himself. He also has the fourth-best slugging percentage in the RCBL at .707.
Utility: Austin Nicely, Grottoes Cardinals — Nicely was definitely one of the players in the conversation for MVP this year. He did it all for Grottoes. In 14 innings on the mound, Austin recorded zero earned runs, struck out 22 batters, and only walked one. At the plate he hit .395 with 12 extra base hits, 18 RBIs, and 19 runs scored. Playing in the field at multiple positions, Nicely went the whole regular season without recording a single error for the Cardinals.
By Mitchell Broughton
This year has been unlike any other. With so many unknowns happening at once, having baseball in the Shenandoah Valley still brought a sense of peace, familiarity, and comfort to the players, coaches, and fans of the RCBL. We are blessed to get through the regular season in our 96th year without any major complications, and are proud of the product that has been put out by all eight teams. This league is true American baseball — the way it’s supposed to be. We’ve seen a lot in our condensed season. Walk-offs, blow outs, veterans leading the way, rookies surprising everyone — this season was one for the books and we are proud to announce the award winners for 2020.
Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year — Chase DeLauter, Broadway Bruins
Pitcher of the Year — Adam Riggleman, Broadway Bruins
Coach of the Year — Kevin Chandler, Clover Hill Bucks
Chris Cofer Person of the Year — George Laase, Bridgewater Reds
By Leyton Pullin
The Grottoes Cardinals walked into Shifflett Field on Sunday evening after 2 off nights including one where they received a forfeit victory to improve to the 3 seed in the RCBL playoffs giving them home field advantage against 6th seeded Montezuma in the best of 3 first round series.
The Cardinals would hand the ball to Austin Nicely for the staff in Game 1 and he would cruise through the 1st and would get some early run support as Dylan Nicely would dig in with two outs in the bottom of the 1st and would head a moon shot out the park to center to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Austin Nicely would help himself out too following David with a stand up triple to right field. He would score as well on an error at 1st base to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.
Grottoes would extend their lead in the 3rd inning with a big 5 run inning. Keegan Woolford would open it up with a solo bomb to right center. Jacob Merica would double and then score on a Jacob Dansey RBI single. David Wood followed with a RBI single of his own to score Dansey from 3rd. Wood would later score along with Tristan Shoemaker on a Cam Irvine 2 RBI single making the score 7-0 Grottoes. In the next half inning Montezuma would test Nicely in the mound for the first time all night as they would load the bases with a Adam Hackenburg double, a Jacob Haney single, and a very patient four pitch walk to Jacob Houser with 1 out. Nicely would settle in as he has most of the season and would calmly strike out Wyatt Campbell and Gavin Rush to get out of the jam.
Montezuma would test the former Astros 10th round pick as Micheal Robertson would double to start the 6th inning followed by some small ball as Owen Stewart would sacrifice bunt to move Robertson over to 3rd. Robertson would eventually score on a Kyle Armstrong ground out to put Montezuma on the board 7-1. Grottoes would respond quickly and big much like they have in the last 10 games. Dylan Nicely would start the parade in the bottom of the 6th followed by an Austin Nicely single and a Keegan Woolford walk to load the bases up. Jacob Mercia would strike out looking but would get some assistance as Jacob Dansey would hit another RBI single followed by a Jacob Zoller bases loaded walk. David Wood would deliver right on cue with a 3 RBI double to push the score out to 12-1.
Grottoes would get the win 12-1 by virtue of the mercy rule after the top of the 7th to take a 1-0 series lead.
After the game Grottoes Manager Tim Nicely has three keys that described his team’s success on the night, “Timely hitting, good pitching, and making the plays in the field when we needed to.” On the other side of things Montezuma manager Chris Rush said.” The biggest thing is we gotta come hit.”
Looking ahead to Game 2 scheduled for Monday night at Ruritan Park in Montezuma Grottoes will start VCU standout Mike Dailey who’s coming off a start where he shut down the Clover Hill Bucks with 13 strikeouts including 12 in a row. Montezuma has not announced who they will start in Game 2.
By Josiah SchulzThe long-awaited rematch between last year‘s finalists, the Bridgewater Reds and the Clover Hill Bucks, ended in the only way to suffice their deep rivalry: controversial.
Bridgewater came into tonight looking for vengeance for their heartbreaking 6 game outing and eventual loss in last year’s finals. Tonight, they played at a level they haven’t quite reached this entire season; near perfection. The Reds scored 11 runs on 11 hits, also subsequently RBI’ing 11 players. Much to the contrary of Clover Hill, who tonight only hit the ball two times total over the course of 7 innings, 23 at bats, and 0 runs at the hands of Reds pitcher and former James Madison baseball player Derrek Shifflett.
Not only would Shifflett pitch the entire, runless game this evening; his batting came up huge for tonight’s victory. Shifflett would score 2 runs and RBI 3 of his teammates tonight.
“Low-ground balls. Keep it low, throw two seams.. That was literally the plan tonight.” Said Shifflett. “I trust my fielders. We’ve had some errors over the season, but today, nothing. Tonight was perfect.”
Shifflett would certainly not be the only player with a standout performance in tonight’s matchup. From seasoned veterans like Grey Shirfey and George Laase, who would perform lights out defensively and combine for 3 runs and 2 RBI’s - to Mason Mitchell and Jonathan Sexton who are just now experiencing their first taste of the intense rivalry, being this their first seasons with RCBL. Both Mitchell and Sexton played crucial roles defensively, however offensively, they contributed a combined 5 runs and 3 RBI’s in tonight’s dominant victory.
Tonight would also be the return of the prodigal son of the Bridgewater Reds, and reigning league MVP, Corbin Lucas. Lucas has missed a good portion of the final quarter of the regular season due to a leave of absence for his work. He would show no signs of rust as the right fielder showed up when it counted. Lucas would send home a bomb Home Run early in the 6th that would boost the offensive power of the Reds to a whole other level, RBI ing 3 guys in the process.
Lucas has played all of his RCBL seasons with the Reds, so if anybody knows about how enormous this rivalry is to the community, it would be him.
“Last year left a real sour taste in our mouths.” Said Lucas. “Through the years, we’ve developed a healthy, borderline unhealthy relationship with these guys. A lot of us grew up playing with or against these guys our whole careers. So to come here and to beat them on their home field, especially considering we’ve lost every single game we’ve played on this field this season, that felt great and I think that’s gonna be the jumpstart we need to move forward.”
By the time the bottom of the 7th inning came around, the score was 11-0 in Bridgewater’s favor. By typical baseball standards, and in the case of tonight, the game would conclude if any team is losing by 10 runs or more going into the 8th inning. This sparked a little bit of confusion and disapproval particularly from the Clover Hill fans, but especially from Bucks head coach Kevin Chandler.
“In all my 11 years, there has never been a slaughter rule in the playoffs and apparently there is this year until you get to the championship.” Said Chandler. “I had no idea about it, so that’s why I didn’t understand, however that's the rule, I guess and nothing we can do about it now.”
Bridgewater had their struggles earlier on in the season, however in accordance with RCBL folklore, tremendous offense of the Reds always finds a way to prevail and make a show in the playoffs, regardless of the regular season. Despite some hard-to-watch performances by the Reds in the beginning this season, one person in particular never lost faith in his team. This would be, of course, head coach Robert Sherfey.
“This win tonight was very important. Very, very important.” Said Shirfey. “I made sure to remind everyone that was on the team last year about how bad that loss stung. It really chewed on us all throughout the winter time. We just really wanted to prove who we really are, and we sure did that tonight. We are the Bridgewater Reds. We just had to push through some ups and downs. We’ll be contenders. Take nothing away from them, they are a great team, but we will be there and we’ll be fighting until the end.”
If you love the game of baseball, you will absolutely not want to miss tomorrow night’s game 2 of the potential 3 game series. Bridgewater looks to carry over their steamroll performance and take revenge against their arch nemesis, Clover Hill. If the Bucks lose tomorrow night, the former #1 team in the league and reigning league Champions will be eliminated from contention very early in the playoffs. A lot is at stake tomorrow night, you do not want to miss it! Reds @ Buck Bowman Park, tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m.
Final Score: Reds 11 - Bucks 0
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