BRIDGEWATER- It was a classic Saturday night in the Rockingham County Baseball league last night as the Bridgewater Reds defeated the Clover Hill Bucks 10-2 at Ray Heatwole Field.
The bleachers were packed, the country ham and pork tenderloin sandwiches sold out early, and the action on the field was thrilling.
After surrendering a quick 2-0 lead, Bridgewater starting pitcher Derek Shifflett was nearly unhittable through his final seven innings of work. After tagging Shifflett for a few base knocks up the middle of the diamond, Clover Hill hitters struggled with the breaking pitches of the former James Madison University pitcher.
Shifflett allowed just six hits and two runs across his eight innings of work.
In what was a back-and-forth game early on, Bridgewater routinely threatened with runners on base, proving unable to break through and add any insurance after taking a 3-2 lead.
All that changed in the sixth inning as Tucker Garrison and Corey Murphy sent back-to-back solo home runs over the outfield fence. Garrison’s drive was a deep shot to straightaway center, a no-doubter as soon as it left the bat. Murphy continued to energize the home crowd with his home run just seconds later, slamming off the right field scoreboard.
According to Pointstreak, it was Murphy’s first hit of the season.
Jared Talley closed out the contest with a quick 1-2-3 ninth inning, pushing the Bridgewater Reds to 3-2 on the season.
The Reds return to action tonight as they head up the road to New Market to take on the Shockers. As for Clover Hill, the Bucks fell to 6-2, dropping out of first place in the division after a Broadway win last night. The Bucks return to the friendly confines of Buck Bowman Park tonight to battle the Elkton Blue Sox.