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By Leyton Pullin
The Broadway Bruins would take Game 3 in the best of 5 series over the Bridgewater Reds by a score of 2-1 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
Game 3 would get started with offense right away for the Reds as Derek Shifflett would hit a lead off single in the top of the 1st but would get stranded thanks to a Broadway double play to end the inning. Shifflett also got the start for the Reds as he would rack up 2 punch outs early in the bottom of the 1st including one on RCBL Player of the Year Chase Dealuater. Josh Jones would lead off the bottom of the 2nd for Broadway with a single. Travis Reifsnider would follow him with a triple off the right field wall to score Jones giving Broadway the 1-0 lead.
In the top of the 3rd Bridgewater would put another runner on as Mason Mitchell would single but then would be put out as part of a fielder's choice to end the inning. Then the lightning came. Both teams were forced to stay in the dugout for a 1:45 delay which usually would cause players, especially pitchers to tighten up and miss their locations but both Shifflett and Trent Abernathy would come out of the delay with their best pitches of the night.
Trent Abrenathy would go on to throw 5 shutout innings striking out 6 and allowing 2 hits none of which came after the delay. Shifflett would cruise up until the bottom of the 5th before he would strike out Kevin Rush to start the inning but would then walk Bryce Strawderman. Tyler Ault would deliver with a RBI double to score Strawderman to extend their lead to 2-0. Ault would then get thrown out at third by Catcher Johnathan Sexton on his way back after a pitch to end the inning.
Chase DeLauter would come in to pitch for Broadway in the top of the 6th and would walk Mitchell to open the inning but would settle in to strike out the next two hitters he faced. The top of the 7th would be a different story as Michael Fyvie would lead off the inning with a single before DeLauter would strike out two more Reds and then hit Brett Thorpe to put two runners on for Shifflett. Shifflett would deliver with a big double to right field only scoring Fyvie to get the Reds on the board, but still trailing 2-1.
Bridgewater would get one final chance in the top of the 9th as Anthony Piccolino came in for the Bruins to attempt the save. Ferrum outfielder Grey Sherfey would open the inning with a single to right field to put the potential tying run on base. Brett Tharpe would then step into his role in the 9 hole spot in the lineup with a sacrifice bunt to move the speedy Sherfey into scoring position. Derek Shifflett would come up next and strike out looking. Mason Mitchell came up with 2 as the final out for the Reda as he would fly out to Josh Jones in right field to end the game.
For Broadway they take Game 3 in a tight one thanks to their pitching staff. Trent Abernathy, Chase DeLauter, Liam McDonnel, and Anthony Piccolino combined for 1 run, 11 strikeouts, and 5 hits to lift the Bruins over the Reds. Manager Chip Abernathy has been confident in his pitching staff all year long as they came around for the Bruins in Game 3. Game 4 will take place on Thursday at 7:30 at Ruritan field in Montezuma as Broadway will have a chance to punch their ticket into the RCBL Championship Series.
By Mitchell Broughton
A four hit, three run seventh inning helped tie up the semifinal series after the Bridgewater Reds shocked the top-seeded Broadway Bruins 4-2 last night.
Up until the seventh inning, Broadway ace and RCBL Pitcher of the Year Adam Riggleman was dominating on the mound. In his first six innings, Riggleman let up just two hits, no walks, and struck out twelve batters.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Broadway was up 2-0. Mason Mitchell led off the inning with a home run that traveled into the corn crop behind center field. The next at bat, Reds’ first baseman Tyler Mahone took the first pitch over the right field fence to tie the game up. Back to back home runs in back to back pitches off of Riggleman. George Laase would single and Brett Tharp would come into run for him and stole second base. Jonathan Sexton singled the next at-bat, scoring Tharp and gave the Reds their first lead of the game. That half inning would ultimately be the decider, the Bruins had the opportunities with runners on base but the Bridgewater defense held their ground to secure the win and tie the series at one win a piece.
Bridgewater’s starting pitcher, Hunter Mohr, struggled to find a rhythm. Mohr only lasted a little over three innings before being replaced by shortstop Derrick Shifflett. Shifflett would go on to pitch the remainder of the game, striking out five, walking four, and giving up eight hits but only one run.
Broadway out-hit the Reds 13-7 but struggled to convert those hits and runners on base into runs. Over the entire game, the Bruins stranded 19 runners on base, easily half of those in scoring position.
Chase DeLauter finally received pitches to swing at, and in the top of the third opened up the game’s scoring with a solo shot that was still rising as it left Ruritan Park. DeLauter finished the game with three hits and was only walked once — something that hasn’t been the case in this year’s playoffs. Tyler Ault and Trent Abernathy also had three hits for the Bruins.
Game three of this series will be played tonight at JMU’s Eagle Field, this year's home of the Broadway Bruins. Certainly the Reds weren’t expecting to use Shifflett on the mound last night so it will be interesting to see who gets the start for them tonight.
FINAL: Bridgewater 4 Broadway 2. Win: Derrick Shifflett (4-1). Loss: Adam Riggleman (4-1).
By Leyton Pullin
Game 2 of the RCBL semifinal series between the Grottoes Cardinals and the New Market Shockers would turn out to be a good one with some key hits and costly errors late in the game leading to a 10-9 victory for the Shockers.
New Market would hop on the board early with 3 runs in the top of the 1st as Grant Thompson would hit an RBI single then he would score as Pearce Bucher wild hit a 2 run Homerun to give them a 3-0 lead before Matt House would strike out to end the inning. Grottoes would get one of those back in the bottom of the 1st as Austin Nicely singled and Tristan Shoemaker would score to make it 3-1.
Grottoes’ offense would explode in the bottom of the 2nd. Matt Curry would get the scoring going with an RBI double to score David Wood to make it 3-2. Gage Wood would score on an error by Tad Dean and then Keegan Woolford would deliver with a 3 Run Homerun to give the Cardinals a 6-3 lead. Grottoes would tag on another run in the 3rd as David Wood doubled followed by another Matt Curry RBI double to score Woodto extend the lead to 7-3. The Cardinals weren’t done yet as they would tag on another run in the 4th as Keegan Woolford stayed hot with a Triple to right field to score Dylan Nicely to extend the lead yet again to 8-3.
After a score 5th Grottoes Manager Tim Nicely would go to the bullpen with Jack Masloff after Mike Dailey had a terrific 5 innings with 9 strikeouts and only 3 earned runs, all in the 1st inning. Masloff would get some insurance as Keegan Woolford hit a solo home run possibly over 400 feet to give the Cards a 9-3 lead in the 6th.
New Market was retired in order in the 7th but would have a completely different story in 8th. Frankie Ritter would leadoff with a single for his 4th hit of the night followed by a Henry Delavergne strike out. Nick Goode came up next and hit what seemed like a routine grounder to third base before Isiah Blanks misplayed the ball letting it scoot by putting two runners on for Grant Thompson. Thompson would deliver with a RBI single to score Ritter making it 9-4. Bucher would hit next and hit a grounder to Tristan Shoemaker at shortstop who would also struggle to make a play allowing Bucher to reach and Goode to score to make it 9-5. Matt House would strike out looking to make the 2nd out in the 8th before Haden Madagan would draw a walk. Ty Bennett would hit a grounder to Shoemaker at shortstop but again Shoemaker failed to make the play allowing Bennett to reach and Thompson and Bucher to score to make the score 9-7. Matt Moon would draw a walk as well before Frankie Ritter delivered with his second hit of the inning this time a 2RBI single to tie the game up at 9-9. Luke Estes would dig in next before another ball was hit to Shoemaker and he didn’t come up with an out for his 3rd error of the inning which this time allowed Luke Keister to score giving the Shockers the lead at a mark of 10-9.
Grottoes would get a chance to strike back in the bottom of the 9th as New Market power closer C.J. Morton would come in for the save opportunity. David Wood put up a huge battle at the plate pushing Morton to throw his best before Wood sliced a ball into what looked to be the Bermuda Triangle behind third base before Frankie Ritter made a diving catch to keep the tiring run off the bases. Isiah Blanks would strike out swinging for the 2nd out of the inning bringing up Matt Curry. The 2nd basemen would fall behind 0-2 before he got hit in the head to reach base putting the tying run aboard. Tristan Shoemaker would draw a walk to put the go ahead run on first with 2 outs before Dylan Nicely was struck out looking on a fastball just below the belt to give New Market the win and a 2-0 lead in the series.
The New Market Shockers were able to take advantage of some costly errors made by the Cardinals defense which Manager Nolan Potts said he had been preaching to them all season long. “I’ve always told them you put the ball in play you never know.” Potts also mentioned how they were able to use the same strategy back in Game 1 against Austin Nicely by just putting the ball in play. Frankie Ritter flew under the radar most of the night but had a huge night going 5 for 5 with a double, 2 RBIs, and 2 runs scored. Ethan Laird would get the win for the Shockers and C.J. Morton picked up the save.
For Grottoes they let one slip away. “When we play good defense we’ve been really good, and when we’ve not played defense we’ve not been very good. That’s kinda been the story of our season,” said Cardinals Manager Tim Nicely. Despite the 4 errors in the 8th Grottoes has a good night for the most part anywhere you look on the stat sheet. Mike Dailey put in a good start in 5 innings with 97 pitches, Keegan Woolford has one of the best stat lines the league has seen all year as he went 3 for 4 with 2 homeruns and 5 RBIs, and Matt Curry had a season best night going 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs and 2 doubles. Jack Masloff would get the loss despite only giving up 1 earned run in his outing which included the nightmare 8th for the Cardinals.
Game 3 will be played on Wednesday at beautiful Rebel Park in New Market where New Market will have a chance to punch their ticket to the RCBL Championship Series.
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.
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