While all other games were postponed Sunday night, the rain held off in New Market where the Shockers were facing the Bruins for the second time in the young 2018 season. Behind a dominant performance by Seth Comer, the Shockers picked up a 5-2 victory over the Bruins, their first of the year.
“First wins are always good,” Shockers head coach Chris Rush said. “The first game against Broadway, we were up 4-1 and kind of gave it away. Even Bridgewater last night, we weren’t completely out of that game, but it feels good to have our first win.”
Comer, a junior at Shenandoah University, took the mound for New Market on a wet night and was lights out against the Bruins lineup. He didn’t allow a baserunner until the third inning and only gave up three hits through six innings of work. The only run scored against Comer was unearned and he struck out five batters in Sunday’s game.
“Our pitchers did real well tonight,” Coach Rush said. “Comer threw a great six innings.”
But pitching wasn’t the only highlight of the night for New Market. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth, but once the runs started coming in, they didn’t stop.
Josh Tayman led off the fourth inning with a double and was later driven in on a single by Ty Michaud.
Nick Goode led off the home half of the fifth inning with another double and later found his way home thanks to a fielder’s choice.
Broadway scored two runs of their own, but a run in the seventh and two in the eighth from New Market put the game away.
The Shockers racked up a season-high 11 hits against the Bruins and three players had multi-hit games.
Nick Goode went 3-for-5 on the night with two runs scored and an RBI. Ty Bennett also had three hits, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Joseph Rutherford was 2-for-4 on the night with a run scored.
Three other Shockers got hits in Sunday’s game and four players crossed the plate in the victory.
Comer earned his first win of the season while Tyler Ritenour picked up the save. Coach Rush thought that Ritenour was unlike any other pitcher Broadway would see.
“The last kid we pitched, Ritenour, completely different look, probably something they haven’t seen all year with his little bit of sidearm,” Coach Rush said. “With him having that, we thought that might take them off balance, and it did.” Ritenour retired the first four batters he faced after coming in to the game. He pitched three innings, giving up just three hits and one unearned run on his way to saving the game.
With their first victory under their belts, the Shockers end a three-game homestand to open the season. With the three rainouts on Sunday, the Shockers are the only team to play more than two games so far this season, and one of only two teams who have played more than one.
“The first part of the season, three games in a row, you’re using a lot of pitchers early in the season,” Coach Rush said. “Glad it’s over, glad we got a win out of it. We’ll look forward to Friday.”
The Shockers are off until Friday, June 1 when they take on the Clover Hill Bucks at Buck Bowman Park in a rematch of the 2017 semifinals. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.