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By Leyton Pullin
The New Market Shockers extended their win streak to three on Thursday June 17 with a 9-6 win over the Clover Hill Bucks at Buck Bowman Park.
New Market got the scoring started early right out of the gate as Henry Delavergne singled to open the game with a single and then followed with two stolen bases and would trot home after the throw to try and catch him at third got away from John Siciliano to score making it 1-0 Shockers.
Pearce Boucher and Josh Tayman singled back-to-back later in the inning before Matt House would rip a single scoring Booker, 2-0 Shockers. New Market wasn’t done as Ty Bennett slapped a 2 RBI double to score Tayman and House to open the game 4-0 before Clover Hill even got to the plate.
The Bucks would answer in the 2nd inning with a Kevin Kirk single and he would then score on an Alex Nicely RBI single to chew into the lead 4-1.
The Shockers came to the plate in the 4th and looked to extend their lead with a pair of walks by Ethan Laird and Calvin Pastel and then a stolen base by each and a 2RBI single by Frankie Ritter to drive them home before he was thrown out later in the play while trying to extend his single making it 6-1 Shockers.
The Shockers would capitalize off of a Clover Hill mistake in the 6th as Luke Keister reached on a dropped third strike as the throw to first would go off target. Keister would eventually score on a fielder’s choice later in the inning to extend the lead to 7-1 for New Market.
New Market tagged on two more runs in the 8th behind a Tayman 2RBI double to score Ritter a Booker extending the lead to 9-1.
Caleb Wade started the 9th for the Shockers and retired his first two batters he faced and then gave up a double to Jackson Sherman. Wade looked to have the third out in the bag on a routine groundball to House at second base before he short armed the throw and it got away from Laird at first base allowing Nicely to reach. Sherman would come home on a Josh Eberly RBI single to make it 9-2. Drew Easter would deliver the next at bat with a 2RBI single to left field to score Nicely and Eberly to make it 9-4. Ross French kept the rally going as he dug in next and drove a ball to the center field wall for a 2RBI double that scored Elijah Grogg and Easter making the score 9-6 with the tying run sitting on deck.
Nolan Potts would make a change and brought House to the mound to redeem himself and that he did. John Siciliano would hit a groundball over to Ritter at shortstop and the Shenandoah Hornet would make the play to end the game giving the Shockers the win.
Calvin Pastel (1-1) picked up the win and Eric Yankey (0-1) would take the loss for Clover Hill.
New Market moves to 3-1 with the win for their third in a row. They continue to use a combination of aggressiveness at the plate and aggressiveness on the bases as they tallied 14 hits and 7 stolen bases as well as drawing a balk call to advance a runner on an attempted steal in the win. The Shockers will be back at it Saturday June 19 at Elkton (0-4) at 7:30.
Clover Hill drops their second straight to fall to 3-2 on the season. They had a rather uncharacteristic outing from Eric Yankey who went 5 complete innings giving up 6 runs, 5 earned, 9 hits, and 3 walks. Yankey did strike out 6 in the outing. The Bucks found success from Sam Imeson who came on in relief for Yankey and retired 6 of 7 betters he faced and did not allow a hit. The Bucks will be back in action on Sunday June 20 as the host Elkton (0-4) at The Clover Dome at 7:30.
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