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By Mitchell Broughton
The Broadway Bruins extend their win streak to three in a decisive win over the Montezuma Braves 6-1 Wednesday night at Montezuma Ruritan Park.
Glenville State College pitcher Adam Riggleman enters the game out of the bullpen in the fifth to pitch five scoreless innings against the Braves. Riggleman struck out six and gave up only four hits and zero walks in 20 batters faced.
Starting on the mound for the Bruins was Chase DeLauter out of JMU. DeLauter started out the game at the plate with a solo home run into the corn fields behind the right field fence at Montezuma Ruritan park to open up the scoring for Broadway in the top of the first. He finished out a strong first inning striking out two. In four innings pitched, DeLauter struck out four while allowing two hits, three walks and the lone run.
On the mound for Montezuma at the start was Fluvanna County High School and VCU commit Andrew Ward. The lefty pitched five impressive innings for the Braves. He struck out five and allowed four hits and the solo HR by DeLauter. For the second game in a row, it was the relievers that struggled to find a rhythm for the Braves. Relieving Ward at the start of the sixth, Jakob King gave up a single to Broadway’s Tyler Ault and walked four in a row, including two runs to break the 1-1 tie. The five Montezuma pitchers gave up seven hits and six walks, but occasionally got something going striking out ten batters.
Broadway moves to 3-1 in 2020 and will travel back to Rebel Field in a rematch of their seven-inning win against the New Market Shockers. Montezuma falls to 1-4 but will host the Elkton Blue Sox on Friday night. Both games are scheduled for 7:30 first pitches.
FINAL: Broadway 6 Montezuma 1. Winning pitcher: Adam Riggleman. Losing pitcher: Jakob King.
— Around the League: Twenty-five hits were recorded between Elkton and Clover Hill. The Bucks beat the Blue Sox 20-13 in seven innings at Buck Bowman Park. Second baseman Kevin Kirk went 3-for-3 on the evening bringing in three runs for Clover Hill. Blake Sipe and Kevin Navedo both homered for the Bucks.
Jacob Grabeel’s go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth leads the Bridgewater Reds past the New Market Shockers 8-7 at Rebel Field. Calvin Pastel went 4-for-4 for the Shockers with a triple in the bottom of the second.
Still looking for the first win of the season, Stuarts Draft found hope taking Grottoes to extra innings. Cody Bartley’s RBI double in the top of the tenth gave the Diamondbacks the leading heading into the bottom of the inning, but it was Grottoes’ Isaiah Banks who won the game for the Cardinals with a walk-off 2-RBI double.
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By Leyton Pullin
The Grottoes Cardinals defeated Stuarts Draft 6-5 in 10 Innings on Wednesday night.
Tucker Garrison got the start for Grottoes and the southpaw would toss 6 scoreless innings striking out 9 batters but wouldn’t get the decision as his counter part Jacob Matheney would throw 7 innings with two earned runs and struck out five. The scoring would start in the bottom of the 6th inning as the always dangerous Keegan Wolford would single and then Dylan Nicely would rip a double that would score Wolford giving the Cards a 1-0 lead. The D-backs would respond in the top of the 7th as Tanner Morris and Henry Cooke would reach on back to back walks. They would both score on a 2RBI double by Nate Burton who would later score giving Draft their first lead of the night at 3-1.
In the bottom of the 8th Grottoes would respond. Cam Irvine would lead off with a hard hit double and would score after an error allowed Jacob Merica to reach base who would also score. Keegan Woolford would walk and then be knocked in by a Dylan Nicely Double giving the Cards a 4-3 lead headed to the 9th. Tyler Pullin would come in for the save situation for the Cards. He would quickly hop out to two outs and an 0-2 count to Calen Owens who he would hit on the next pitch after a pitch got away on the inside half. He would eventually score on a rocket off the bat of Jack Pausic tying the game 4-4. Grottoes would load the bases in the bottom of the 9th but would come up short sending the game into extra innings. In the top of the 10th Will Hass would lead off the inning with a walk and would then score as Cody Bartley ripped a RBI double giving the D-backs a 5-4 lead.
Grottoes came to the plate in the bottom of the 10th as David Wood led off with a single followed by an Austin Nicely single to put two runners on for Jacob Dansey who would strike out. Then Isiah Blanks followed and hit a 2 RBI double to walk it off for the Cards giving them the win 6-5.
For Grottoes, pitcher Tyler Pullin said,” I’m not in the shape I should be but I want to thank the guys for backing me up and pushing the runs across,” after he gave up a run in the 9th and another in the 10th. Manager Tim Nicely said, “The big thing was our pitchers and defense keeping us in the game,” mimicking the team atmosphere Pullin talked about in the early season for the Cards. Tyler Pullin would pick up the win as the Card move to 4-1. Grottoes (4-1) will travel to Broadway in a rematch on Sunday.
For Stuarts Draft they drop to 0-4 but Manager Les Sandridge seemed to take away some positives from the loss, “Mentally we were right where we needed to be…. this is the team we needed and we crossed that crest.” Draft definitely found a positive on the mound in Jacob Matheney along with a new addition in Tanner Morris who made his presence felt in his first game of the season going 1 for 4 with a double and a stolen base. Stuarts Draft(0-4) will host New Market(2-2) on Sunday.
By Mitchell Broughton
A nine-run ninth inning rally leads the Bridgewater Reds past the Montezuma Braves 9-4 at Montezuma Ruritan Park last night.
Making his first appearance in 2020, highly touted James Madison pitcher and former Turner Ashby High School standout Justin Showalter continues his dominance from the 2020 NCAA season. Showalter struck out ten in seven innings, allowing just four hits, one walk, and two runs. Waring Garber came in relief in the eighth, striking out three to grab the win for the Reds.
Both teams struggled offensively early on and the game was scoreless until a Corbin Lucas single drove in the first run of the game in the sixth. In the ninth it was Lucas’ three-run home run that capitalized a seven-run rally to break the tie. Also pitching in for the Reds were shortstop Derek Shifflett, who got on base four times and drove in a run, and second baseman Tanner Moyers, who had two doubles on the night. It’s also important to note that Bridgewater left 18 runners on base, ten in scoring position.
On the mound to start the games for the Braves was George Mason pitcher Matt Sykes, he was relieved by Derek Ryan in the fourth. Both combined for ten strikeouts, three hits, and only one unearned run. That duo kept the game tight, but it was the three relievers after who struggled to get in a rhythm.
Despite the early-on struggles facing Showalter, the top of Montezuma’s lineup finally got going late to tie the game going into the final inning. Jacob Haney’s RBI double opened up the scoring for the Braves in the eighth. In the bottom of the ninth, center fielder Jeremy Wagner homered, driving in two runs in a last-ditch effort to come back from a seven-run deficit.
Bridgewater moves to 2-1 on the season and will travel to Rebel Field to take on New Market this evening. Montezuma, falling to 1-3, will host Broadway tonight as well — both games scheduled for a 7:30 first pitch.
FINAL: Bridgewater 9 Montezuma 4. Winning pitcher: Waring Garber. Losing pitcher: Grant Thomas.
— Around the League: Broadway's offense stays hot. The Bruins (2-1) beat Grottoes (3-1) 11-5 and handed the Cardinals their first loss of the season. Tyler Ault and Josh Jones combine for nine hits, four doubles, and six RBIs.
A pair of home runs from Grant Thompson and Henry Delavergne lead the New Market Shockers (2-1) past the Clover Hill Bucks (2-1) 10-3.
Elkton (1-2) opened up the evening with a five-run first inning, capitalized by a Tristan Gordon grand slam, to secure their first win of the season. The Blue Sox defeat the Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks (0-3) 11-3.
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By Leyton Pullin
The Broadway Bruins defeated the Grottoes Cardinals 11-5 in a four-hour marathon that featured nearly a 90-minute rain delay on Tuesday night.
The first inning went scoreless but then the sky would open up and we would go into a 1:20 rain delay. Straight out of the delay Tyler Ault would put a single in the gap and eventually score on a passed ball to give the Bruins the lead. In the top of the 3rd Jones and Judy would hit back to back singles leading to a Tyler Ault 2RBI double making it 3-0 Broadway. In the bottom of the 3rd Cam Irvine would reach on a hit by pitch for the Cards and would eventually score to make the score 3-1. Later in top half of the 5th Josh Jones would double then Ault would add another RBI for the Bruins making the score 4-1. Again in the top of the 6th the Bruins would add 3 runs in a walk filled inning making the score 7-1. Grottoes would respond with a four-run bottom of the 6th also filled with walks and with no hits. Broadway would tack on two more runs in the 7th and 9th inning making the score go final at 11-5. The game featured 16 walks and 6 hit batsmen.
Grottoes came into Tuesday nights game as one of the leagues top offensive teams holding a 3-0 record. On Tuesday they were held to just one hit as a team through the first seven innings of play. Gage Wood tallied up the only hit for the Cards in the first seven and Jacob Merica would add another in the 8th to give the Cardinals two hits on the entire night. Carter Lutz ends up taking the loss after coming in in the 2nd. Grottoes drops to 3-1 and will host Stuarts Draft (0-3) on Wednesday which will be featured in an online radio broadcast which can be found at rcblbaseball.com
Broadway will move to 2-1 on the season and will travel to Montezuma (1-3) on Wednesday. Jacob Bell will pick up the win for the Bruins in a four-inning relief effort with one earned run. Josh Jones went 5 for 5 with 3 doubles, 2 doubles, and 3 RBIs.
By Mitchell Broughton
NEW MARKET— A rather sloppy start for the New Market Shockers proved to be too much to overcome the Broadway Bruins offense. Broadway defeated New Market 15-3 in seven innings at Rebel Field.
Recent roster additions were the difference maker for Broadway. Starting pitcher Liam McDonnell from James Madison pitched a near perfect outing. The left-hander gave up zero hits and zero runs alongside four strikeouts and just one walk in three innings. His JMU teammate Chase DeLauter had two hits and knocked in three runs while also scoring one himself in his first RCBL action. Another newcomer, Austin Martin, was the unofficial player of the game. Martin’s two doubles drove in four runs for the Bruins; he was also instrumental on the defensive side, playing a role in both of Broadway’s double plays.
In their second game of 2020, Broadway has showcased an aggressive offensive strategy, which one can assume is the work of assistant coach Bobby Wease. For the most part, it’s been successful. The Bruins' two stolen bases last night bring them up to five on the season. The aggressive base running has put more runners in scoring position, simply leading to more runs.
On the other side, it was anything but a clean night for the New Market. The Shockers’ six errors led to four extra runs for the Bruins. Add that to the four hit batters by New Market pitchers and it leads to a twelve-run deficit after three innings that in most cases is improbable to come back from. Without the mistakes, the six New Market pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts and four walks.
However, the Shockers did begin to show some offensive rhythm later in the game. Shortstop Frankie Ritter was 2 for 4 with back-to-back doubles in the fifth and seventh innings, driving in one run for New Market. Ethan Laird also had a 2-RBI double in the sixth in an attempt to decrease their deficit.
Both teams, now 1-1, will take the field again on Tuesday night. Broadway travels to Shifflett Field to take on the Grottoes Cardinals and New Market will host the Clover Hill Bucks. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:30 PM.
FINAL in 7: Broadway 15 New Market 3. Winning pitcher: Liam McDonnell. Losing pitcher: Colton Harlow.
By Megan Phelps and Justin Berry
In an early game beginning at 5pm Grottoes Cardinals won over the Elkton Blue Sox. The final score was 10-2 in what seemed like a close game in the beginning. The Cardinals started scoring runs after the 4th inning, and couldn’t be stopped. The Cardinals coach, Tim Nicely, said that his win was due to his strategy of switching out players so everyone got a chance to play and thrive. He gave credit to their recovery guys stating that they really pulled the game through all the way to the end.
We also got the chance to interview Cardinals player Austin Nicely after the game. Austin had a great hit and had several RBI’s during the game. Austin stated that he was proud of his team. Austin continued and said that he was hoping for a win but he did not think it would be by so much. He agreed with Coach Tim Nicely, saying the second half of their team made it possible to get the win. Austin’s personal goal this season is, “…during this crazy 2020 year to just have fun.” Overall, last night’s game had a lot of high performing athletes, with the Cardinals using every aspect of their team.
By Leyton Pullin
Night number two of the RCBL season featured the newest installment of one of the oldest rivalries in all of baseball as the Clover Hill Bucks defeated the Bridgewater Reds 5-4 in walk off fashion in 10 innings.
Bridgewater started the scoring early in the top of the firs for the second game in a row as Corbin Lucas would hit a single that would score Derek Shifflett to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Bucks would strike back in the third with a lead off double from Kevin Kirk then Drew Easter would launch a 2-run homerun over the green monster in left field to give the Bucks a 2-1 lead. They would add another run in the inning as Tyler Bocock would hit an RBI single scoring Blake Sipe to make it 3-1 in favor of the homestanding Bucks.
Scoring would pick back up in the sixth as JMU commit Braeson Fulton would hit a RBI single for Clover Hill giving the Bucks a 4-1 lead. Then in top of the 8th Bridgewater would answer as Derek Shifflett would hit a 2 RBI double to make the score 4-3. The game would eventually become tied at four as Brett Tharpe would cross the plate on a Grey Sherfy ground out.
Clover Hill would get an opportunity in the bottom of the 9th but they would leave courtesy runner Alex Knicely stranded on third sending the game into extra innings. Eric Yankey would start the top of the 10th on the bump for the Bucks by giving up two walks but would come up with three straight punchouts to end the Reds attack. The bottom of the 10th opened as Drew Easter would drive a hard hit ball and would reach as Waring Garber could not make the play. Blake sipe would then step in and would drive in Easter to win the game 5-4 for the Bucks.
For Bridgewater they saw a productive night out of Derek Shifflett as he went 3 for 5 at the plate with 2 RBIs but he would end up with the loss in his short appearance in the 10th. Bridgewater drops to 1-1 and will travel to Montezuma (1-2) on Tuesday.
The Bucks saw solid run production from the top three hitters in their lineup as Drew Easter, Blake Sipe, and Tyler Bocock combined for 5 hits and 4 RBIs. Eric Yankey would pick up the win for the Bucks in his relief effort. Clover Hill improves to 2-0 and will travel to New Market(1-1) on Tuesday.
By Mitchell Broughton
Hundreds of spectators flooded historic Buck Bowman Park on Saturday night to witness the first live sports to take place in the Valley in months, watching the Clover Hill Bucks defeat the Broadway Bruins 6-4.
After a slow offensive start for the Bucks facing Broadway’s John Judy, reigning RCBL Pitcher of the Year, Clover Hill rallied after a game-tying three-run home run from 1B Luke Shifflett in the bottom of the 6th. DH Tyler Bocock broke the tie in the bottom of the 8th after crushing a two-run home run over the center field seats to give Clover Hill a 5-3 lead. Later on in that same inning, 2B Kevin Kirk’s double scored SS Grant Painter to increase the Bucks lead 6-3.
Clover Hill relied on a joint pitching effort, starting with RHP Nick Corbin. Corbin in four innings gave up three hits and a walk, but struck out two batters and allowed zero runs. Sam Ewald, helped in relief to strike out three of his own to go along with zero hits and zero runs. Closing out the game for the Bucks, veteran closer Eric Yankey got out of a potential 9th inning Broadway rally to strike out the final batter, securing the first win of 2020 for Clover Hill. The Buck’s pitching core received great help from their defense, middle infielders Kevin Kirk (2B) and Ross French (SS) orchestrated three crucial double plays early on in the contest, causing Broadway to leave eight runners on base.
John Judy, limited to a pitch count, seemed to be continuing his dominance from 2019. The Broadway right-hander struck out four and gave up four hits and a run in five and two-thirds innings.
The Bruins came into Friday night’s game with a new attitude and an aggressive offensive strategy that could only be influenced by new assistant coach and RCBL Hall of Famer Bobby Wease. Broadway played small ball, with three stolen bases on the evening the Bruins seemed to always have a runner in scoring position. In the top of the 6th, catcher Travis Reifsnider broke the scoreless tie with a double that scored SS Josh Jones. Two batters later, left fielder Tyler Ault’s double scored Reifsnider. Ault scored on the next play as CF Matt Meiser singled to right field.
Broadway, just 1-3 against Clover Hill last season, looks to have put together a competitive lineup for 2020 as shown in tonight’s contest. As noted previously, the additional talent coming into the RCBL this season makes it so any team has a shot at a pennant and the title.
Around the league: The Grottoes Cardinals won both games of a doubleheader against the Montezuma Braves 4-2 and 13-5. The New Market Shockers defeated the Elkton Blue Sox 5-3. And the Bridgewater Reds beat the Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks 13-6 in ten innings.
By Leyton Pullin
Extra baseball was in store on opening night for the RCBL as the Bridgewater Reds defeated the Stuarts Draft Diamondback 14-6 in 10 innings.
The game started with a bang in the top of the 1st as Tyler Mahone hit a 2-Run Home Run off of Calyb King, but the Dbacks would respond in the bottom of the first Jaily Paredes RBI single before Reds starting pitcher Derek Shifflett would record four of his seven punchouts on the night to silent the Stuarts Draft offense.
In the bottom of the third the Dbacks would tally two more with back to back RBI base hits from Terrell Thompson and Will Haas to tie the game up at three. Bridgewater responded in the fifth as Tyler Mahone would rack in three more RBIs on a double that would score Jacob Greybeel, Derek Shifflett, and Grey Sherfey making the score 5-3 Bridgewater. Each team tagged on a run in the 7th inning with each leadoff hitter waling and later scoring. In the bottom of the 8th Stuarts Draft would take advantage of a Reds error and a hit batsman as Reeves Whitmore would hit a line drive into the gap for a 2 RBI double tying the score at 6-6. Neither team would put any runs across in the 9th leading to some extra baseball on opening night. The top of the 10th started for the Reds with a baserunner as George Lasse would reach base on an error and would eventually walk across as the go ahead run on a 2 RBI single by Corbin Lucas. Bridgewater would go on to put 8 runs in an error filled 10th inning and go on to win by a score of 14-6.
Derek Shifflett put in a quality start for the Reds as he went 5 innings with 3 earned runs and 7Ks. Shifflett said he was glad to be playing baseball and expressed how the win was a real team effort. Shifflett added a 1 for 5 day at the plate with two runs scored. Tyler Mahone would put up a 2 for 4 effort with 5 RBIs and 2 walks. Corbin Lucas also added 3RBIs and a 1 for 6 effort at the plate. Waring Garber would record the win for the Reds in a 3 plus inning relief performance.
For Stuarts Draft Manager Les Sandridge simply said, “ The score didn’t show what we played as.” Sandridge seemed happy with the utputhe received from his team on opening night as Terrel Williams put up a 3 for 4 night at the plate with 2 doubles and an RBI. Infeilder Will Haas also added a multi-hit performance with a 2 for 5 day with an RBI. Calyb King got the start for the Dbacks and would exit after six innings of work with 5 earned runs and 9 strikeouts. Jacob Matheney would end up with the loss for the Dbacks.
Stuarts Draft (0-1) will play host to Montezuma on Sunday at 6:30 while Bridgewater (1-0) will travel to Clover Hill in a rematch of the 2019 Championship Series.
The Rockingham County Baseball League is proud to announce another season with multiple broadcast outlets for fans to listen to throughout the summer. The league will broadcast eight games online on the RCBL website as well as 10 games on WSVA 550.
"I was already excited for the RCBL season to begin and the opportunity to broadcast the action for our WSVA listeners this year only adds to that excitement. I can't wait to turn on the mic and say 'you're listening to RCBL baseball,'" Karl Magenhofer of WSVA said.
On the call for the 10 games broadcasted on WSVA will be Magenhofer, Mario Retrosi, Mike Bocock and Matthew Atkins. Bocock, who would have managed the Woodstock River Bandits in the Valley Baseball League this summer, is excited for the opportunity to be involved with the RCBL again.
"Since I am not going to be on the field this season, I am still going to be close to the action. I look forward to working with Karl, Matt, Mario and the RCBL," Bocock said.
In addition to the online games and the games on WSVA, the Broadway Bruins will have select games broadcast on the Morris Broadcasting. ESPN 1240 in Staunton will also air Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks games throughout the season.
"It is especially important this year to offer radio and online broadcasting to our fans," commissioner Randy Atkins said. "Some fans may not be comfortable coming out to the ballpark and we certainly understand that but they should get to experience baseball in the Valley. It is going to be an incredibly competitive season with excellent quality baseball."
The league's 2020 broadcast schedule begins tonight with Broadway at Clover Hill on the RCBL website.
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