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By Mitchell Broughton
Last year’s champions had lost their last couples games and dropped out of first place heading into Sunday night’s contest. Clover Hill bounced back, looking as good as they ever have, to dominate the second place New Market Shockers 11-1 in eight innings.
Having won the first meeting handedly 11-3 back during the League’s opening weekend, the Shockers walked onto the field at Buck Bowman Park feeling confident that their young ace Hunter Enstminger could silence the Bucks fans on hand. In their first meeting, Enstminger gave up no hits and only three walks, but last night Clover Hill’s offense was ready. The James Madison pitcher struggled in his three innings on the mound. He allowed seven hits, five walks, and five runs while only striking out two.
On the other side, fan-favorite Nick Corbin had a much better evening. The right hander out of Bridgewater College lasted six innings and gave up the lone Shockers’ run while striking out four and walking one batter. Relieving him in the seventh, Sam Imeson closed out the game for the Bucks, giving up no hits and striking out two. Clover Hill’s defense was stellar on Sunday night, playing a “perfect” game with no errors. Third baseman Kevin Navedo and shortstop Grant Painter were especially excellent in the field for the Bucks, creating a few highlight-worthy plays in the infield.
Blake Sipe drove in a game-high two runs for the Bucks on just one hit. Most of the runs scored for Clover Hill were handed to them off of careless errors by the New Market defense. Tyler Bocock’s solo shot over the left field wall at Buck Bowman punctuated the game and solidified the victory over the Shockers. That was Bocock’s fourth home run of the season; he finished the game with two hits, leading the Bucks.
New Market falls to 9-5 and is now in a tie for second place in the league with Clover Hill. The Shockers will travel to Stuarts Draft tonight for a make-up game versus the Diamondbacks. Clover Hill bounces back from a losing streak and gets revenge against the Shockers to improve to 9-5 as well. The Bucks will travel to JMU’s Eagle Field to try and complete the season sweep over the top-ranked Broadway Bruins on Tuesday night.
FINAL (8): New Market 1 Clover Hill 11. Winning pitcher: Nick Corbin (2-0). Losing pitcher: Hunter Entsminger (1-2).
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