Friday night featured three RCBL games in action, including the ESPN Harrisonburg Game of the Week between the Clover Hill Bucks and the Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks.
The game pitted two of the most successful teams in recent history against each other in an early season matchup.
As they’ve done all season long, the Bucks kept the game close in the early innings, taking it to the bottom of the fifth knotted up at 2-2.
With two outs and runners on first and second, Clover Hill centerfielder Drew Easter launched a 2-0 pitch over the outfield wall to give the Bucks a 7-2 lead.
Easter was the hero of the game, finishing the night 3-for-4 with two home runs and four runs batted in.
“I was feeling pretty good after my round of BP today and I was just trying to get something up in the zone that I could handle and get the barrel on it,” Easter said about his approach at the plate on Friday night. “I just wanted to get ahead in the count, it was a 2-0 pitch, he left it right across the middle, and I just put a good swing on it.”
Cody Swisher had a solid night offensively as well, going 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Swisher also reached twice via walk.
Clover Hill starter Nick Corbin picked up the win, pitching five innings and giving up just two runs on four hits. Corbin struck out five batters in his outing.
With the win, Clover Hill moves to 7-1 and remains in first place in the Western Division.
Bridgewater 4, New Market 3
The Bridgewater Reds picked up a home win against the New Market Shockers, improving to 3-2 on the season.
The Shockers kept the game close, keeping it tied 3-3 until the bottom of the ninth.
Bridgewater managed to keep the Shockers from getting any runs in the top of the ninth, but the Shockers couldn’t do the same in the home half of the inning
Alex Stover hit a walk-off single that scored Josh Wright and gave the Reds the winning run over New Market.
Tonight, Bridgewater stays at home as the Reds host the Clover Hill Bucks in the second matchup between the two teams this season.
“It’s going to be a good game, we’re excited,” head coach Robert Sherfey said about tonight’s game against Clover Hill. “We always look for that, that’s our rival and we let them get away from us last time. But this time we’ll come back with a little bit more grit.”
Broadway 5, Grottoes 4
In another close game Friday night, the Broadway Bruins and Grottoes Cardinals went into the bottom of the ninth inning all tied up at four runs apiece.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Bryce Turner stepped up to the plate for the Bruins. After a first-pitch strike, Grottoes pitcher Spenser Davis threw four straight balls to walk Turner and allow the winning run to score.
With the win, Broadway improves to 6-1 on the season and is just a half game behind Clover Hill for first place in the Western Division.