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By Mitchell Broughton
Since the RCBL began using Pointstreak to keep records of all statistics in 2013, the record for most home runs in a season by a single player was held by Stuarts Draft’s Wes Dimmit, who hit 12 in 29 games. Last night, in just his 18th game this season, Broadway’s Chase DeLauter broke that record, hitting his 13th home run of the season — a walk-off two-run shot to beat the New Market Shockers 12-2 in seven innings.
To nobody’s surprise, that was not his only homer of the night. In the bottom of the first DeLauter opened up the scoring for the Bruins with another two-run shot to make the lead 2-0 for the Bruins. He finished the night going 2-for-2 with two homers and four RBIs, he was also intentionally walked twice and scored himself four times. It seems as if the best player in the RCBL just keeps getting better every night.
His JMU teammate Josh Jones also impacted the game with one swing. His only hit of the night was a massive three-RBI triple in the bottom of the fourth to further increase the Bruins lead. Other Bruins pitching in at the plate were Tyler Ault and Austin Martin. Ault doubled in the top of the first and scored off the first DeLauter long ball, he also singled and scored off the Jones triple. Austin Martin had two hits, drove in a run, and scored once himself as well.
Broadway pitcher Adam Riggleman captured his third win of the season, staying undefeated while managing to keep the best ERA in the league at 0.78 in 23 innings pitched so far this season. Riggleman pitched six of the seven innings last night, he struck out four, allowed four hits and only one earned run. John Judy came in as relief in the final inning and struck out two of the four Shockers batters that he faced.
New Market was held scoreless up until the sixth inning when Luke Estep scored Pearce Bucher from first after a huge triple in the left field gap. Estep scored himself after a sacrifice groundout by Jack Duvall. Henry Delavergne in the top of the seventh but was stranded on base in their final inning at the plate.
Broadway stays at the top of the league improving to 15-4 and will continue their final push to the Pennant tonight when they host Montezuma in a make-up game. New Market falls to 11-6 but remains a half game ahead of Clover Hill to stay in second place. Those two will play each other tomorrow at Buck Bowman Park.
FINAL (7): New Market 2 Broadway 12. Win: Adam Riggleman (3-0). Loss: Hunter Enstminger (1-3).
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