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By Mitchell Broughton
It has been a long time coming for the Broadway Bruins, but for the first time since 1931 they can call themselves regular season champions once again after defeating Bridgewater last night 2-0.
The game was a continuation from a postponed meeting that originally started last Saturday, but a power outage postponed the remainder. Last night, it resumed in the top of the sixth with Broadway up to bat. The Bruins had bases loaded with one out and a 2-2 count for Kevin Rush at the plate. Rush was walked in by Tanner Moyers, scoring Tyler Ault for the first run of the ball game. A costly error with two outs in the eighth by the Reds’ infield allowed another run to score for Broadway. John Judy took the mound on the restart for Broadway. In the downpour he was fantastic, striking out seven in the final four innings while only allowing two hits in the win.
Broadway has been the most dominant team all season, recognizably at the plate with two big bats of Chase DeLauter and Josh Jones. They also have had very strong pitching with their core of starters Riggleman, Whiteman, Abernathy and Judy, but also their relievers McDonnell and Piccolino. They have all the parts to be a championship team and locking up the top seed in the playoffs set them up for success to go the distance. The Bruins have an opportunity to break another long drought and bring the first RCBL championship back to Broadway since 1938. Broadway will face Stuarts Draft in the first round of the playoffs which will be a three-game series.
Bridgewater falls to 11-10 overall and will either be the fourth or fifth seed in this year's playoffs. Their fate lies in the hands of Grottoes, who still have to play Elkton. If the Cardinals win they will move up to third, Clover Hill falls to fourth, and Bridgewater fifth. If Elkton beats Grottoes, the Cardinals will take fifth, Bridgewater fourth, and Clover Hill will finish in third.
Congratulations to Broadway and their players on a dominant regular season. Playoffs this year will be as competitive as they’ve ever been in the history of the RCBL. A majority of the teams in the league this year have a legitimate chance of taking home the championship.
FINAL: Broadway 2 Bridgewater 0. Win: John Judy (3-0). Loss: Tanner Moyers (0-2)
By Mitchell Broughton
In just his second start of the season, New Market right-handed Reilly Owen went the distance for his team, tossing a complete game shutout against the Montezuma Braves. The Shockers offense came through in clutch moments to help in the 4-0 win to keep their pennant hopes alive for another day.
Owen, in nine innings, faced 33 batters. He allowed just three hits and five walks while putting his defense behind him in the positions to strand six of those runners on base. The Shenandoah University product struck out 11 batters and six of those went down looking. Owen has primarily been called out of the bullpen in relief this season, pitching no more than two innings before last night, but he showed that his composure and finesse are worthy of perhaps another key start once playoffs roll around. The Shockers have an arsenal of arms: Darrell Thompson, Michael Prosperi, Hunter Enstminger — and now Reilly Owen.
On the offensive side, the Shockers had some difficulty facing Montezuma pitcher Chris Henderson, who doesn’t bring the heat like some arms in the RCBL. It’s becoming a pattern for the Shockers, who struggled in the first time that they faced the Braves when Grant Thomas was on the mound. I even heard Shockers outfielder say in frustration that his team “can’t hit off slow pitchers.” Getting over the hump, New Market was able to rally off ten hits. Ty Bennett, Matt House, and Pearce Bucher all had a pair of hits. The Shockers played small ball last night, playing hit and run constantly and they also stole four bases. Matt House, Pearce Bucher, Grant Thompson, and Ethan Laird all drove in one run a piece for the Shockers.
Today, July 30, is the last day of the regular season. Montezuma has already locked in the 6-seed for the playoffs at 8-12 overall. The Braves will travel to Buck Bowman Park to take on the Clover Hill Bucks and hopefully spoil their chances of making the top four. The Shockers, at 14-6, will host Stuarts Draft tonight at Rebel Field in a must win game if they want to have a shot at the pennant. If Broadway defeats Bridgewater tonight, they win the pennant; but if the Bruins were to lose and the Shockers win against Draft, the two will play a deciding game on Friday for the 2020 pennant.
FINAL: New Market 4 Montezuma 0. Win: Reilly Owen (1-1). Loss: Chris Henderson (0-1).
By Leyton Pullin
The Grottoes Cardinals continued their hot streak on Wednesday night as they would defeat the Bridgewater Reds 10-4.
The Reds would silence the Grottoes offense in the top of the first retiring the Cards in order before they would hop on the board first. George Laase would come to the plate in the top of the 1st for the Reds with two on and one out and would deliver with a 2RBI single to score Jacob Grabeel and Corbin Lucas to give Bridgewater a 2-0 lead. Bridgewater would add another run in the 2nd as Brett Tharp would score from 3rd on a Derek Shifflett groundout to make the score 3-0. Grottoes starter Ty Lam would settle in after a shaky first two innings and get some run support to boost him in the top of the 3rd. Gage Wood would open the inning with a double as he would score on a Cam Irvine RBI single. Grottoes would continue to score as Dylan Nicely would hit a 2 RBI double to score Jacob Merica and Cam Irvine making the score all tied up at 3-3.
Grottoes would break the tie as Cam Irvine would deliver again with a 2 run Homerun over the Green Monster in left field to make the score 5-3 Grottoes. The Cards would keep their hot streak up as Tucker Garrison would hit a solo bomb to left followed by a solo bomb from David Wood as both of the lefties would go for opposite field home runs. Making the score 7-3 Grottoes.
Eric Watkins would come in to relieve Ty Lam for Grottoes in the 7th and would load the bases in his first inning of work before Cam Irvine would help dig him out of the hole with a thought throw from third to first to end the jam. Bridgewater would be able to push a run across against Watkins in the 8th however, as Michael Fyvie would double then, score on a ground out to make the score 7-4. Grottoes would get some insurance runs following that in the top of the 8th as Dylan Nicey would single into the Bermuda Triangle behind first base and would eventually score as a throw from Corbin Lucas went right through Tanner Moyers glove and rolled into center field. David Wood followed with a RBI single to score Jacob Zoller. Gage Wood would be the next Cardinal to dig in and would put a ball of the wall in right field to get an RBI double to score Tucker Garrison making the score 10-4 for Grottoes. In the bottom of the 9th Corbin Lucas would single with two outs to try and prolong the game but Kyle Eagle would be way down in strikes to end the game.
For Bridgewater they fall to 11-9 on the year as they have one more game to complete ok the schedule. They are scheduled to take on the RCBL pennant winners with Broadway Bruins (15-5) to complete a game that was postponed after 5 innings due to a power outage in the area.
Grottoes picks up a big win in the tight race for the 3rd playoff spot as they move tied with Bridgewater at 11-9 on the year with one game left. Cam Irvine had a big night for the Cards as he went 2 for 5 with a homerun and 3 RBIs. Manager Tim Nicely also found some stability in his bullpen which had been struggling throughout most of the year but would get some help from a solid start by Ty Lam who went 6 innings with 2 earned runs and 1 strike out. “ We’re getting down to the end of the season where we don’t have all of our pitchers here and we need a good start and Ty gave us that,” said Nicely. Grottoes will travel to Elkton Thursday night to end the regular season.
By Mitchell Broughton
After being down by one heading into the seventh inning, New Market scored three runs between the seventh and eighth innings to beat the Clover Hill Bucks last night 6-4.
Any key win in the game of baseball starts out with solid pitching, and that was true last night for New Market. The two Shenandoah University pitchers on the mound for the Shockers weren’t dominant by definition, but they put their defense in the positions to make plays behind them in route to a victory. Tad Dean and Calvin Pastel combined for only two strikeouts, but gave their defense a total of 33 chances to make plays and keep the sometimes explosive Clover Hill offense at rest.
Hitting at the bottom of the order, catcher Matt Moon was the star of the night for the Shockers. Moon had two hits and team-leading three RBIs. His biggest at bat ended with a game-winning two-run double in the top of the eighth inning. Four other players had two hits for New Market as well: Pearce Bucher, Nick Goode, Grant Thompson and Haden Madagan.
The most impressive performance on the mound last night came from the arm of Bucks’ manager Kevin Chandler. In his third appearance but first start of the season, Chandler struck out four and walked just one batter in five innings for Clover Hill.
Drew Easter led the Bucks offense in Tuesday’s game, finishing the night with two hits and two RBIs. Those RBIs were part of an early two-run homer, just his second long ball of the season. Tyler Bocock and Kevin Navedo also had two hits for the Bucks but Clover Hill struggled to convert hits into runs, leaving ten runners stranded.
With this big win at Buck Bowman Park, New Market keeps their chances at this year’s pennant alive. They are now 13-6 overall and sit just one and a half games behind the Broadway Bruins who are 15-5. The Shockers have two make-up games left to play before the playoffs versus Montezuma and Stuarts Draft, and the Bruins only have one against Bridgewater. New Market needs to win out and hope that the Bruins fall to the Reds on Thursday if they want to win the regular season pennant. Broadway holds the head-to-head tiebreaker between the two, but the Shockers need to focus on the next two days in order to have a chance.
Clover Hill falls to 11-8 and are now tied for third in the standings with Bridgewater. There is still a lot of opportunity for the Bucks to end up anywhere from second to fifth in for playoff seeding based on how the last two days of the regular season go. They will travel to play Stuarts Draft tonight.
FINAL: New Market 6 Clover Hill 4. Win: Calvin Pastel (1-0). Loss: Tanner Buchanan (0-1).
By Leyton Pullin
The Grottoes Cardinals would defeat the Elkton Blue Sox 17-10 on Tuesday night at Shifflett Field.
Grottoes would hop on the board early as Jacob Merica would score on a Dylan Nicely RBI Triple to make it 1-0 Grottoes. Grottoes would keep the offensive explosion going in the 3rd led by a Tucker Garrison 2 Run Homerun where they would score 5. Elkton would respond in the 4th with a Jack Bourdon RBI single to make the score 6-1. Grottoes would respond in the bottom half as Tucker Garrison and Austin Nicely would both have 2 RBI base hits to make the score 10-1 for the Cardinals. Grottoes starter Connor Lutz would struggle in the 5th as he would give up 5 runs, 4 earned, including a J.J. Loker walk with the bases loaded and a Tristan Gordon RBI sacrifice fly. The Blue Sox would still be trailing after the inning though 10-6.
Elkton would keep the pedal to the floor offensively in the top of the 6th as they would put 2 more runs on the board thanks to RBI singles from Loker and Gordon to pull them to within 2 at 10-8. Clayton Michael would come in for Grottoes in the top of the 7th and would retire the side on strikes before the Cardinals would have another offensive explosion after the stretch.
Gage Wood would ground out to start the inning followed by a Custer walk. With Custer on, Matt Curry would squeeze a double down the 3rd base line putting two runners in scoring position for Jacob Merica who would hit a sacrifice fly to score Custer. Cam Irvine would follow with a 374 ft single off the wall in dead center to score Matt Curry. Austin Nicely would follow with an RBI single before Dylan Nicely would hit his second triple of the night to score Austin Nicely. Zoller and Custer would both add on RBI singles as well to make it 7 total runs for the Cardinals in the 7th to make the score 17-8.
Elkton would attempt to respond in the 8th and they would push two across thanks to a Gordon 2 RBI double to get the score to 17-10. In the last effort for Elkton in the 9th Clayton Michael would get two more punch outs and a fly out to Austin Nicely to end the game and give the home standing Cardinals the win.
For the Blue Sox the drop to 6-14 with one game left in the regular season as they sit 7th place in the standings setting up a series with the New Market Shockers in the 1st round of the playoffs looming. They will host Grottoes to finish the regular season on July 30th.
The Cardinals advance to 10-9 with a chance at locking at least a .500 season with 2 more games left in the regular season as they travel to Buck Bowman Park to take on the Bridgewater Reds where they could force a tie for 3rd place in the standings with a win and a Clover Hill loss and then a trip to Elkton. Grottoes got a lot of offense on the night which was quite the change from the way the first half of the season had gone. “I was glad to see we hit all the way through the order pretty much tonight,” said Cardinals manager Tim Nicely. Grottoes got a big night out of Tucker Garrison who went 3 for 6 with 4 RBIs including a 2 Run Homerun. Garrison was a pitcher only in his time with the Eagles at Bridgewater College but as Manager Tim Nicely said, “ We knew with [Tucker] coming back with us this year that he was gonna pitch primarily but would play first and DH some.” When Garrison was asked about hitting he said “I’m a hitter, they just wouldn’t let me.” Garrison had to also step up as Nicely also mentioned their everyday first baseman David Wood is battling an injury.
By Josiah Schulz
Easily one of the highest scoring games in RCBL’s long and illustrious history, tonight resembled something much closer to that of a video game as opposed to a real-life baseball game. Arguably the two best and most potent offensive teams in the Bridgewater Reds and the Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks squared off, and it culminated to be a night that will forever be remembered by both the spectators and the history books.
Stuarts Draft, although less known for their offensive firepower and more for their poor 3-16 record, actually leads the entire Rockingham County Baseball League in total Home Runs... by a large margin. The Diamondbacks are currently sitting on an astounding 31 Home Runs for the season; 8 HR’s ahead of the second place team, (you guessed it) the Bridgewater Reds. The Reds also have their share of offensive accolades as well, as they lead the entire league in total runs with 170. Extremely impressive stats, especially considering there has only been 20 games played this season, with the final games of the regular season finishing up in the next two days.
The Bridgewater Reds, who were without superstar and reigning League MVP Corbin Lucas, proved tonight that they do not need the offensive brute in order to win games. So many players stepped up to earn tonights victory, including: Michael Fyvie who scored 4 runs, Tanner Moyers who would RBI 3 guys to put the Reds on the board, and Dylan Horne, former Kansas City Royal and James Madison University Baseball alum, who tonight scored his first Home Run since 2012. Tonight, however, Bridgewater discovered a secret weapon and a true offensive threat through his sole standout and consistent performance tonight. That player is none other than the fan beloved catcher, and my personal game MVP, Jonathan Sexton. Sexton would contribute 2 runs, 6 RBI’s, and a Grand Slam Home Run late in the bottom of the 2nd inning to clear the loaded bases and finish the inning 9-1 in Bridgewater’s favor.
“That was honestly something that I have really been preparing for.” Said Sexton. “I’ve been getting those at-bats and getting a lot of reps hitting, so to see something come out of all the hard work I’ve been putting in was really exciting. The air was real still tonight so those balls were just flying off our bats. The craziest thing was the pitching on both sides was great! Both sides were throwing strikes, except guys were just barreling it up and out of the ballpark.”
Although Sexton’s description of the pitching is accurate, the statistics would trend towards words other than “great”. Stuarts Draft’s starting pitcher, Tyler Wilcher, would allow 9 runs, 3 walks, and only contribute 1 strikeout in his single and only inning pitching tonight. Even from the Reds, pitchers Waring Garber and Brett Tharpe would both combine for a total of 15 runs scored against them in a total of 7 innings pitched. Catcher for the Diamondbacks Grant Williams helped us get a little bit of insight on the pitchers struggles.
“I feel like the Bridgewater Reds had a really good approach with almost all of their at-bats this evening. You could see that they drove 4 or 5 of their home runs to the opposite side of the field, and really mashing every ball we threw.” Williams said. “At first, we started a position player at pitcher. He did alright considering he doesn’t normally pitch, but he started to throw a little wild so we had to get him out of there. After that, most everybody up to bat was in the zone. It was just a hitters night tonight.”
Even though the Diamondbacks walk away from tonight with a loss, they certainly did not go down easy. Stuarts Draft would finish the night with 18 total runs, 5 of which coming from home runs. Normally, 18 points would be enough for a resounding victory against any team, however not tonight. The Reds’s unthinkable 22 runs would ultimately trump the Diamondbacks, and improve their record to 11-8 and are now tied for 3rd place with the former #1 Clover Hill Bucks.
“I think this is the first game I’ve ever been at in all my years of life to see 11 home runs in one game.” Coach of the Reds Robert Sherfey said with a laugh. “It was a truly back & forth game, you think you’re sitting okay, then BAM! BOOM! Another home run. (Stuarts Draft) fought back well. It was a good game. We as a team stayed focused. Guys stepped up, did their job, and we ended up on top! The boys are starting to play together, really starting to hit together a lot more now, so I feel confident we’re on the right path going into the playoffs.”
The Reds will look to continue their train of momentum chugging tomorrow night against the Grottoes Cardinals @ Buck Bowman Park at 7:30 p.m. for their final game of the regular season, and add to their two game win streak and claim the 3rd place spot going into the playoffs.
The Diamondbacks will host the Clover Hill Bucks tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. for their second to final game of the regular season, just patiently waiting for the playoffs to arrive and clean their record slate, which has been haunting them up until this point.
Final Score: Bridgewater 22 - Stuarts Draft 18
By Mitchell Broughton
Since the RCBL began using Pointstreak to keep records of all statistics in 2013, the record for most home runs in a season by a single player was held by Stuarts Draft’s Wes Dimmit, who hit 12 in 29 games. Last night, in just his 18th game this season, Broadway’s Chase DeLauter broke that record, hitting his 13th home run of the season — a walk-off two-run shot to beat the New Market Shockers 12-2 in seven innings.
To nobody’s surprise, that was not his only homer of the night. In the bottom of the first DeLauter opened up the scoring for the Bruins with another two-run shot to make the lead 2-0 for the Bruins. He finished the night going 2-for-2 with two homers and four RBIs, he was also intentionally walked twice and scored himself four times. It seems as if the best player in the RCBL just keeps getting better every night.
His JMU teammate Josh Jones also impacted the game with one swing. His only hit of the night was a massive three-RBI triple in the bottom of the fourth to further increase the Bruins lead. Other Bruins pitching in at the plate were Tyler Ault and Austin Martin. Ault doubled in the top of the first and scored off the first DeLauter long ball, he also singled and scored off the Jones triple. Austin Martin had two hits, drove in a run, and scored once himself as well.
Broadway pitcher Adam Riggleman captured his third win of the season, staying undefeated while managing to keep the best ERA in the league at 0.78 in 23 innings pitched so far this season. Riggleman pitched six of the seven innings last night, he struck out four, allowed four hits and only one earned run. John Judy came in as relief in the final inning and struck out two of the four Shockers batters that he faced.
New Market was held scoreless up until the sixth inning when Luke Estep scored Pearce Bucher from first after a huge triple in the left field gap. Estep scored himself after a sacrifice groundout by Jack Duvall. Henry Delavergne in the top of the seventh but was stranded on base in their final inning at the plate.
Broadway stays at the top of the league improving to 15-4 and will continue their final push to the Pennant tonight when they host Montezuma in a make-up game. New Market falls to 11-6 but remains a half game ahead of Clover Hill to stay in second place. Those two will play each other tomorrow at Buck Bowman Park.
FINAL (7): New Market 2 Broadway 12. Win: Adam Riggleman (3-0). Loss: Hunter Enstminger (1-3).
By Leyton Pullin
Montezuma defeated the home standing Grottoes Cardinals 17-11 on Sunday at Shifflett Field on Sunday.
Montezuma would start the offensive exhibition early with 2 down in the top of the 1st as Jeremy Wagner would get hit by a pitch and then Will Wagner would hit an RBI single to score him giving them a 1-0 lead. The Braves would tag on another run as Jacob Haney would hit a RBI single to score Will Wagner, 2-0 Montezuma. The Braves would add 3 more with a PJ Hanisak RBI single and a Jacob Haney RBI single. Then Hanisak would score on an error by David Wood making it 5-0 Braves. Another three run inning would come for the Braves in the fourth as Kyle Armstrong, Jeremy Wagner, and Will Wagner would load the bases for Hanisak who would walk and force Armstrong in to score. Jeremy Wagner would score on a Jacob Haney RBI sacrifice fly and Will Wagner would score on an error by Matt Curry giving the Braves a 8-0 lead.
Grottoes would send Tucker Garrison to the dig out after a four inning start where he gave up 8 runs, 7 of which were earned. He would be replaced by Brennan Abbot who would start shaky giving up 4 in the 5th, 3 earned, to make the score 12-0. Abbott would find his stride to end the inning with three straight outs and would get some run support. In the 6th as the bases would load for Austin Nicely and he would rip a 2 RBI single to score Clayton Michael and Lucas Wheeler to get the Cards on the board 12-2. Matt Curry would deliver as well as the Royal would deliver with a 2 RBI single to score the Nicely’s. Grottoes would add one more in the 6th as Jacob Zoller would roll a RBI single in to score Jacob Dansey to make the score 12-5.
Montezuma would respond with a Will Wagner solo home run to make the score 13-5. Grottoes would strike back in the bottom half of the 7th as Wheeler and Dylan Nicely would score thanks to some errors making the score 13-7. The 8th would go by action less then Montezuma would push 4 across 3 of which would come from a Tavian Hall 3 RBI double. Hall would later score as the 4th run of the inning for the Braves on a passed ball making the score 17-7.
Grottoes would not go down silent in the bottom of the 9th even though they were down 10. Dansey would hit a RBI double to score Austin Nicely. Grottoes would tag on more as Jacob Zoller would hit an RBI single to score Custer and Clayton Michael would hit a 2RBI double to make the score 17-11 but that would be all for the charge by the Cardinals.
The Cardinals drop to 9-9 on the season as they will play a home and home with Elkton(6-11) on Monday and Tuesday. Grottoes continued to struggle in the opening innings with run support as Tucker Garrison would take the loss.
For Montezuma they move to 7-11 on the season with three games left. They will travel to JMU’s Eagle Field to play the Broadway Bruins who sit atop the league after their defeat of New Market on Sunday.
By Mitchell Broughton
For the past couple weeks the RCBL has taken notice of the Broadway Bruins. A team that is currently on a six game win streak, going 9-1 in their last ten games, and are atop of the league standings sitting at 14-4 overall after last night’s 13-8 revenge victory over the Bridgewater Reds. This is a completely different Broadway team than the ones in recent years. The mixture of veterans, rookies, swagger, composure and all-around excellence has made them the target for the seven other teams in this league.
Yesterday they did what they always do, explode on the offensive side. In the top of the fourth inning it was shortstop Tyler Ault who opened up the scoring for the Bruins with a three-run home run that carried far over the left field fence at Ruritan Park. That was Ault’s first home run of the season and it was a big one, he finished the game with two hits, three RBIs, and three runs scored. Two batters later, none other than Chase DeLauter hit another home run — a solo shot that vanished into the corn crop behind center field, his tenth of the season. DeLauter homered again in the seventh, this time a two-run shot. He has now hit seven home runs in the last seven games. DeLauter finished the game with three hits, four RBIs, and three runs scored himself. His league-best batting average on the season has improved to .548 and he still leads the RCBL in hits (34), home runs (11), RBIs (35), and extra base hits (23).
Other Bruins with big offensive performances last night were Natty Solomon and Cole Holsinger. Solomon finished the game with two hits and three RBIs while Holsinger hit his first home run of the season as well in the top of the fifth. As a team they totaled 12 hits, four of those being homers.
Bridgewater kept the game close towards the end. The Reds, down 12-2 heading to the bottom of the seventh, rallied off five hits in a row to score three runs and keep the game alive. Designated hitter George Laase was the star for the Reds, ending the night with three hits (one of them being a three-run home run in the bottom of the night) and four RBIs. Grey Sherfey also hit his first home run of the season in the bottom of the second inning to open up the scoring.
Broadway improves to 14-4 and Bridgewater falls back to 9-8 on the season. Both teams will play each other again tonight in a rubber match back at Ruritan Park. Bridgewater won the first meeting between these two 10-4 back on July 15.
FINAL: Broadway 13 Bridgewater 8. Win: Brett Whiteman (3-1). Loss: Hunter Mohr (1-1).
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By Leyton Pullin
The Grottoes Cardinals bounced back as they traveled to Clover Hill and defeated the Bucks 6-5 at Buck Bowman Park on Friday.
Mike Dailey would get the start for the Cardinals and would shut down the Bucks as he would pitch 6 flawless innings retiring 18 of 20 batters he faced and striking out 13 including 12 in a row and 13 out of 14. Dailey said, “I was relying on my fastball and if I saw them doing anything different I would throw my slider. For the most part just trying to keep it down the middle and if they missed kudos to me.”
Dailey would get early run support as Fort Defiance Indian Tristan Shoemaker would reach on a full count walk to lead off the game and would steal second on the next pitch. Shoemaker would score on a Dylan Nicely RBI single to give the Black and Red a 1-0 lead. In the 2nd Grottoes would add on to their lead as Jacob Dansey would work a full count walk and Jacob Merica would hit a single followed by David Wood reaching on a throwing error by Sam Imeson to load the bases for Shoemaker. The young gun would deliver with a 2 RBI single to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.
Sam Imeson would settle in and not allow any more runs as he would go 7 innings with 3 earned runs and 5 strikeouts. Kevin Chandler would come in for the 8th and retire the first two batters he faced but Jacob Dansey would single and Jacob Merica would reach as a ball would go through short stop Tyler Bocock’s legs. David Wood would walk to load the bases up and Shoemaker would deliver again on an 0-2 curveball and reach on an RBI single scoring Dansey. Cam Irvine would step up and deliver as well with a 2 RBI single to score Merica and Wood to give the Cardinals a 6-0 lead. The 8th would come and go as Clover Hill would still struggle at the plate but in the bottom of the 9th that would all change.
Tyler Bocock would reach to start the inning on an overthrow by Isiah Blanks and then Bryce Suters and Luke Shifflett would both walk to load the bases for John Siciliano who would hit an RBI single scoring Bocock. That would bring up the former Riverheads Gladiator Braeson Fulton as “Barbie” would hit a 2 RBI double to make the score 6-4. Fulton would score as Drew Easter would reach on another error by Blanks making the score 6-5. The rally would finally end as. Blake sipe would fly out to Blanks to end the game giving the Cardinals the 6-5 victory.
For Grottoes they bounced back and moved to 9-8 with the outstanding pitching performance by VCU’s Mike Dailey along with a 3 for 4 performance with 3 RBIs from young gun Tristan Shoemaker. When asked about his approach Shoemaker simply said, “I wasn't trying to do too much.” The Cardinals will travel to Elkton (5-11) ok Saturday night at Stonewall Memorial Park.
Clover Hill drops to 9-6 on the year on a night where they struggled from the plate striking out 43% of their at bats on the night (15/35). The Bucks will try and get back in the win column quickly as they host Montezuma (6-11) on Saturday night at The Clover Dome.
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