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By Dean Barker
Every Shocker Gets Two Hits and an RBI in Blowout. The New Market Shockers clobbered the host Elkton Blue Sox 23-5 on Sunday, June 6 at Stonewall Memorial Park. The Shockers picked up their first victory of the 2021 campaign to improve to 1-1, while the Blue Sox fell to 0-2.
New Market had an offensive jamboree, with every single Shocker getting at least two hits and one RBI. Joel Smith picked up the win with four innings pitched and three strikeouts. Mark Arrington took the loss for the Blue Sox, exiting after 6 2/3 innings of 11 earned runs and 15 hits.
The Shockers wasted little time getting started, as Henry Delavergne clobbered the second pitch of the game over the left field wall to put New Market up 1-0. However, the Blue Sox struck back, as an RBI double from Jack Marshall and a RBI single from Cam Shields put Elkton up 2-1.
Not to be outdone, the Shockers would come storming back in the second inning, sending eight batters to the plate. Ty Bennet kicked things off with a double to center, and was driven in by an RBI single by Matt House. Joel Smith would help his cause with an RBI single, and came home on a triple from Luke Estep. Delavergne would bring him in with a single to make the score 5-2 Shockers.
Marshall would cut the deficit to 5-4 in the third with a two run homer to right field, but New Market put a run back on the board in the top of the fourth with a RBI double from Delavergne.
After the bases quickly loaded up in the top of the seventh, Pearce Bucher drove in two for the Shockers with an RBI double, and came in on a sac fly from Bennet. Ethan Laird would follow up with an RBI triple. New Market snuck in one more, as a Matt House liner ricocheted off of the second baseman’s glove to make the score 11-4. The Blue Sox would respond in the bottom half with a JJ Loker sacrifice fly to make it 11-5.
New Market was not done with the beatdown quite yet, as Josh Tayman would drive in one with a single and Laird would follow up with a two-run single to make it 14-5 in the eighth.
The ninth inning was absolutely brutal for the Blue Sox. The Shockers brought in nine runs on seven hits to make the final score 23-5. Bucher batted twice, with an RBI double and an RBI single. George Auel had a two run double and a hit-by-pitch to bring in a run.
Shockers head coach Nolan Potts was very pleased with his team’s performance.
“The bats just kept on staying hot,” Potts told RCBL’s Dean Barker. “When you do those three things well, you hit, you play defense, and you pitch well, then good things will happen."
The Shockers will have five days off before they host the Bridgewater Reds on Saturday, June 12 at 7:30. The Blue Sox will travel to Montezuma to take on the Braves on Friday, June 11 at 7:30.
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