NEW MARKET - The New Market Shockers continued their streak of high-scoring games on Thursday night, defeating Elkton 13-3 in seven innings.
The night was full of Shockers players joking around and chatting on the field as they scored in double digits for the second straight game.
New Market head coach Chris Rush thinks that the jovial atmosphere of the team may has helped them in recent games.
“After one of the losses we had, I’m not sure which one, we got together the team before the next game and we said our play isn’t bad, but our energy is way down,” Rush said. “Your energy will affect how you play. These guy took it to heart and even the guys that aren’t playing, they’re keeping it up in the dugout, they’re cheering each other on.”
The lighthearted nature of the team’s play on Thursday night seemed to work as New Market pulled away from an early deficit. Elkton led 2-1 going into the bottom of the second inning, but the Shockers put up some big offensive numbers from that point on.
New Market scored three runs in the second, five in the fourth and four in the sixth to win the game by slaughter rule.
“I think hitters just became more patient,” Coach Rush said about his team’s offensive performance. “They started waiting more for their pitch, not necessarily trying to rush things, just letting it come to them.”
Every batter in the Shockers’ lineup got at least one hit on the night with Nick Goode and Robbie Marcelle each knocking in three base hits. Goode finished the night 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Marcelle, who was playing just his first game with the Shockers, went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs.
Marcelle’s first hit in a Shockers uniform was an RBI-triple to the right field corner to help New Market take their first lead of the game.
New Market starter Brett Ritter tossed seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits. Ritter struck out seven batters in the game.
The Shockers and Blue Sox have been jockeying for second place in the Eastern Division, with New Market taking the position over after last night’s win. The Shockers are currently 6-9 and one game behind the first-place Grottoes Cardinals.
Going into tonight’s game against Montezuma, the team is feeling pretty good about where they’re at.
“I think just a couple things came together today and came together pretty good the last game,” Rush said. “Hopefully it carries over to tomorrow.”
The Shockers head to Montezuma to take on the Braves at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Ruritan Field.