ELKTON - For the second time in a week, the Bridgewater Reds have shut out the Elkton Blue Sox on the road, winning Thursday night’s game by a score of 14-0. The Reds knocked in 16 hits against Elkton as they bounced back from a loss to Broadway the previous night.
“I think we had a tough loss last night, we didn’t really hit the ball,” Reds’ left fielder Brian Bocock said. “We came out tonight just ready to play again.”
The Reds were without some of their usual starters as they took on the Blue Sox, but that’s something they’ve gotten used to this season as they’ve learned how to adjust.
“That’s what the County League is all about,” Bocock said. “You get guys who have work and families and everything else so you don’t play with all your guys all the time, but tonight was a good bounce back game for us and we’ve got to be ready to go tomorrow.”
Bocock finished the night 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs. He hit a two-run home run in the top of the sixth to make the score 10-0 Reds. The former Major-Leaguer also showed off his defensive abilities with a diving catch in left field in the bottom of the second inning.
“It was good,” Bocock said about his performance Thursday. “We were short on guys and we were able to put some good at bats together and come out on top and get out of here a little early.”
Josh Wright, Daniel Heatwole and Gehrig Spradlin also had mutli-hit games with Wright coming around to score four times and driving in three runs. Spradlin finished the night 3-for-5 with two runs scored, recording his first official at bats of the season.
It took the Reds a few innings to break the game open. Bridgewater scored two runs in the first and one in the second. After two straight three up, three down innings, the Reds were ready to pile on the runs in the second half of the game.
Bridgewater sent two men across in the fifth before scoring five runs in the sixth and four in the seventh to win the game by slaughter rule.
The Reds improve to 17-7 with the win and trail Clover Hill by just two games in the West Division standings. Each team has four games left in the season, leaving the possibility for Bridgewater to win the West title, but the team isn’t too focused on that.
“I think we’re just out here getting ready for the playoffs honestly,” Bocock said. “We did the same thing last year. Yeah, we’d like to win the division obviously or we wouldn’t be out here, but we stubbed our toe a couple times this year and if we catch them, great. If not, we’ll be ready for the playoffs.”
The Reds travel to Montezuma tonight to take on the Braves at Ruritan Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.