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By Olivia Carson
The New Market Shockers took home their second win against the Bridgewater Reds this
season, finishing with a score of 3 - 2 last night at Ray Heatwole Field. New Market is now 5 -1
on the season while the Reds dropped to 1 - 6.
The Shockers were first to collect runs in the third inning when Henry Delavergne walked and
stole two bases to then later get batted in by a single from Pearce Bucher. Two more runs were
added soon after when Ty Bennett singled through the right side leaving the Shockers with a
2 - 0 lead.
Both teams made two pitching changes throughout the night. Bridgewater first, during the fourth
inning, swapped Logan Phelps for Sal Coyle who would then get relieved by Nick Griffin in the
top of the ninth.
The winning pitcher Joel Smith ended 6 innings with 3 strikeouts, allowed 2 walks and the only
two runs of the night for the Reds.
Bridgewater found home plate in the fifth inning when Grey Sherfey scored off of a hit from
Derek Shifflett and Brett Tharp followed by sneaking home off of an error from New Markets
catcher Ty Bennett.
The save pitcher of the game for the Shockers was CJ Morton who relieved Michael Prosperi in
the ninth inning and struck out three batters in a row to end the game and take the New Market
Head Coach for the Shockers, Nolan Potts has confidence in the way his team has been
performing so far this season and does not plan to make a lot of changes in hopes to further
“I think we’re focused, I think we’re hitting the ball real well. We’re getting pretty good pitching,
pretty good defense and if we can do all [four] of those then I think we can be pretty hard to
beat,” says Potts. “Like the old saying, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”
The Shockers extended their win streak to five and head back to their home field tomorrow night
June 21 to take on the Grottoes Cardinals to make-up for their game that was rained out.
Potts is aware that the Cardinals will be a tough competition for the Shockers but thinks they
won’t have a problem as long as they “stay focused and hungry,” and continue playing the way
they have been.
The Reds will play again at home on Tuesday June 22 against the Montezuma Braves for the
second time this season.
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