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By Olivia Carson
The New Market Shockers took an early lead against the Bridgewater Reds at Rebel Park on Saturday night to gather their second win of the season, ending the night with a 2 - 1 record. The Reds remain winless with a record of 0 - 3.
The first run scored by the Shockers was in the first inning after a wild pitch by Bridgewaters starting pitcher Nick Griffin. Three more runs were to follow, giving the Shockers a 4 - 0 lead heading into the second inning.
A solid hit from infielder Pearce Bucher advances a runner to home to add another run to New Markets advantage in the bottom of the second inning.
The Reds collected only three runs of the game, all in the fourth inning when Noah Cornwell hit a home run with one runner on. Third baseman for the Reds, Antonia Florentino-Sosa, advanced to home soon after off of a Shockers error at first base.
Later in the inning, after a Bridgewater pitching change exchanging Griffin for Chris Huffman, short-stop Frankie Ritter gets hit by a pitch with bases loaded to sccore, adding to the Shockers lead.
Another wild pitch for the Reds and an error from Florentino-Sosa at third base, allowed three more runs for the Shockers ending the fourth inning with a 9 - 3 advantage.
Two strong hits to center field in the 6th and 7th innings from Matt House and Nolan Potts made the score 11 - 3 by the bottom of the 7th.
The Reds completed two more pitching changes in the 8th inning for Dylan Horne to let a Shocker walk with bases loaded. Joel Smith then finds a pitch from Horne sending it to right field to advance one last runner, ending the ball game with a 13 - 3 lead for the New Market Shockers.
Starting pitcher and also assistant coach for New Market, Kirk Messick, was very happy with his team's win tonight against the Bridgewater Reds.
“Anytime we get a win that’s good performance,” says Messick. When asked about what he thinks needs to be changed for their next competition Messick responds, “I think our defense needs to be a little better next time, we had a few mistakes today that were costly...but overall our bats looked good coming off the Elkton game and having a week off.”
The shockers play again on Rebel Field on Sunday June 13 at 6:30pm against the Grottoes Cardinals while the Reds are scheduled to play their make-up against the Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks also on Sunday at Diamond Club at 6:30pm.
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