NEW MARKET - The New Market Shockers defeated Bridgewater 10-2 last night to stay alive in the third game of their semifinal series.
“Their backs were against the wall when they came into the game, it was a do or die night. Benner did an excellent job on the mound, threw a whole game, complete game, was hitting every corner of the strike zone they had,” New Market head coach Rush said about his teams performance last night. “We knew coming in was going to take good pitching. Bridgewater is a good hitting team and we knew were going to have to keep runs limited and keep our errors down, and we did that.”
The Reds went up early in the game as Kevin Bocock came around to score on a fielder's choice in the first inning.
The Shockers answered back with two runs during the bottom of the third, starting with a single from Joseph Rutherford that scored Zach Stiles.
Errors from Bridgewater allowed the Shockers to capitalize multiple times last night. After a wild pitch, Rutherford stole home to make the score 2-1 going into the fourth.
The Reds would score another run in the top of the sixth, but New Market answered back with runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to end up on top.
Pitcher Colin Benner shut out Bridgewater the last three innings of the game. He pitched all nine innings, giving up just two runs and striking out nine batters.
“We're going to play basic baseball, cut down on errors. We're going to put bat on the ball, force them to make plays, cut down on strikeouts and throw some strikes,” Rush said about his teams mindset going into the next game.
The Shockers and the Reds will meet again at Bridgewater’s home field tonight for the fourth game in the series. First pitch is schedule for 7:30pm.