CLOVER HILL - Clover Hill pitcher Tyler Bocock has only played in five games this season, but he’s made an impact on the team. Pitching in Thursday night’s matchup against Elkton, Bocock shut down the Blue Sox’ offense on the way to picking up a 7-1 victory.
“I have a passion for baseball and getting back out on the field gives me an adrenaline rush and I love it, man. I love it,” Bocock said after Thursday night’s game. “It’s great to be out here with the guys, just on a team.”
Bocock has been splitting time this season between playing for the Bucks and serving as an assistant coach with the Woodstock River Bandits of the Valley League. He played in four games at the beginning of the RCBL season, but Thursday was his first action since the Valley League season began on May 31.
The time away hasn’t had any negative impact on the reigning RCBL MVP’s relationship with his team, and he’s been following along through the wins and losses.
“We communicate everyday,” Bocock said. “We’ve got Buckchat and I know we didn’t play what we had intended the last two games. But it’s all in the grind of a season.”
The Bucks had lost two of their last three games coming into Thursday, but they quickly turned things around. Behind Bocock on the mound, Clover Hill cruised to a win. Bocock allowed just two hits in the game while striking out four batters. He was backed up by relievers Eric Yankey and Steve Woerner, who combined for one run on two hits and five strikeouts.
The Bucks’ bats were hot as well. Blake Sipe went 3-for-5 on the night with one run scored and three runs driven in. Bocock and Kevin Kirk also had mult-hit nights, with each getting two hits in the contest.
“Fortunately tonight we played well I think and grinded it out,” Bocock said. “Played mistake-free baseball, attacked the fastballs and made the plays defensively. Got hits when we needed them, that’s kind of a recipe for good baseball.” The Bucks are now 10-2 on the season and sitting in first place in the RCBL after Thursday night’s action. The closest team behind them is Broadway at 7-6, three-and-a-half games back. The Bucks head into the All-Star break back in the win column and sitting alone atop the league.