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By Mitchell Broughton
The Broadway Bruins extend their win streak to three in a decisive win over the Montezuma Braves 6-1 Wednesday night at Montezuma Ruritan Park.
Glenville State College pitcher Adam Riggleman enters the game out of the bullpen in the fifth to pitch five scoreless innings against the Braves. Riggleman struck out six and gave up only four hits and zero walks in 20 batters faced.
Starting on the mound for the Bruins was Chase DeLauter out of JMU. DeLauter started out the game at the plate with a solo home run into the corn fields behind the right field fence at Montezuma Ruritan park to open up the scoring for Broadway in the top of the first. He finished out a strong first inning striking out two. In four innings pitched, DeLauter struck out four while allowing two hits, three walks and the lone run.
On the mound for Montezuma at the start was Fluvanna County High School and VCU commit Andrew Ward. The lefty pitched five impressive innings for the Braves. He struck out five and allowed four hits and the solo HR by DeLauter. For the second game in a row, it was the relievers that struggled to find a rhythm for the Braves. Relieving Ward at the start of the sixth, Jakob King gave up a single to Broadway’s Tyler Ault and walked four in a row, including two runs to break the 1-1 tie. The five Montezuma pitchers gave up seven hits and six walks, but occasionally got something going striking out ten batters.
Broadway moves to 3-1 in 2020 and will travel back to Rebel Field in a rematch of their seven-inning win against the New Market Shockers. Montezuma falls to 1-4 but will host the Elkton Blue Sox on Friday night. Both games are scheduled for 7:30 first pitches.
FINAL: Broadway 6 Montezuma 1. Winning pitcher: Adam Riggleman. Losing pitcher: Jakob King.
— Around the League: Twenty-five hits were recorded between Elkton and Clover Hill. The Bucks beat the Blue Sox 20-13 in seven innings at Buck Bowman Park. Second baseman Kevin Kirk went 3-for-3 on the evening bringing in three runs for Clover Hill. Blake Sipe and Kevin Navedo both homered for the Bucks.
Jacob Grabeel’s go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth leads the Bridgewater Reds past the New Market Shockers 8-7 at Rebel Field. Calvin Pastel went 4-for-4 for the Shockers with a triple in the bottom of the second.
Still looking for the first win of the season, Stuarts Draft found hope taking Grottoes to extra innings. Cody Bartley’s RBI double in the top of the tenth gave the Diamondbacks the leading heading into the bottom of the inning, but it was Grottoes’ Isaiah Banks who won the game for the Cardinals with a walk-off 2-RBI double.
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