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By Leyton Pullin
On Sunday July 25 the Clover Hill Bucks wrapped up their bid for the No. 2 seed in the playoffs with a win over the Elkton Blue Sox 13-10.
Clover Hill hopped on top of Elkton right at the jump. The first 5 hitters for the Bucks all reached and scored including a John Siciliano 2 Run homerun. Ross French and Hayden Baldwin added RBIs on sacrifice fly outs to put the Bucks on top 5-0 before Elkton even got to the plate.
Elkton struck back in the bottom half of the 1st as Tillman Butler delivered with an RBI single to score Lee Carneal who walked earlier in the inning. Starting pitcher Mac Rexrode followed with a walk while the bases were loaded, pushing Tristan Gordon across to score and bring Elkton back to within 3 runs at 5-2 after the 1st inning.
Clover Hill tried to blow the game open as they loaded the bases with only one out in the top of the 2nd inning. Cole Jenkins delivered with a station to station single pushing Eberly across to score and still leaving the bases loaded. Ross French came up next and drew a walk to push another run across in the form of Drew Easter. After Easter crossed the plate Rexrode took the ball back to the mound but as he turned his back Bryce Suters took off for home plate and scored easily allowing the Bucks to stretch their lead to 8-2.
The Bucks added another run in the 3rd inning as they rallied with two outs in the inning. Eberly singled before he was driven in the very next at bat as Siciliano added another RBI with a double that scored Eberly to stretch the Bucks lead out to 9-2.
Elkton struck back right away in the bottom half of the 3rd inning as Gordon delivered with a 2 Run home run to score Jac Bourdon and himself to close the Bucks lead to 9-4.
Gordon delivered again in the 4th inning as Jeremy Kwolek and Lee Carneal walked ahead of him before he delivered with a ground rule double to score Kwolek. Carneal came in to score during the next at bat as a pitch got away from Montgomery behind the plate allowing him to score and cut more into the Bucks lead at 9-6.
The Bucks would not get any more runs on the board until the 6th inning as Tyler Conley reached on a one out double. Jenkins came to the plate later in the inning and popped a ball up to left field that was caught by an amazing effort by Jacob Crude in left field. Conley tagged and came into score despite some argument on whether he tagged up from the Elkton dugout. The Bucks extended their lead 10-6.
Elkton cut into the Bucks lead once more in the 7th as Gordon was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Elkton then loaded the bases before Elliot Erkel was hit by a pitch allowing Gordon to score and cut the Bucks lead to 10-7.
Clover Hill added 3 runs in the top of the 8th inning including a Conley solo home run to lead off the inning that snuck its way across the right field fence. The Bucks extended their lead to 13-7 with the game closing in on the three hour mark.
The Blue Sox came to the plate in the bottom of the 8th knowing they were down to their last three outs. Gordon delivered again with his 4th and 5th RBIs of the night on another 2 Run home run to cut the Bucks lead back to 13-10. That would be the final score as Butler sat down looking to end the game.
The Blue Sox wrap up the regular season with a record of 4-17. Mac Rexrode gets the loss for the Blue Sox despite Tristan Gordons’s stellar night at the plate as he went 4 for 4 with 2 home runs and 5 RBIs. The Blue Sox will start the postseason as the No. 8 seed for the RCBL Playoffs. They will play the No.1 seed the New Market Shockers (15-6) in a best of three series starting on Tuesday night July 27 in New Market at Rebel Field. Game two will be at Stonewall Memorial Park in Elkton on Wednesday July 28.
For the Bucks they lock up the No. 2 seed with the win and a record of 14-7 on the year. Steven Woerner gets the win for the Bucks as they went through 8 pitchers in as many innings. Clover Hill will open the post season at the Clover Dome on Tuesday July 27 as they will host the Bridgewater Reds (6-15) in a best of three series.
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