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By Jen Chan
A quick trip up to New Market, Virginia for the first RCBL radio game of the season has been the shortest of all the broadcast games thus far. With being just under 180 minutes the Clover Hill Bucks were able to outrun the home team, New Market Shockers, in a 5-3 victory.
How it happened:
The game started off strong for the Bucks off of a lead-off double from Josh Eberly to left field but would be stranded on 2nd after 3 consecutive outs. The bottom half of the 1st would look the same with Kaden Spaid blooping one into shallow center field with one out. The inning would end in a double play off of a hit from Dawson Russell at Eberly who would throw it to 1st to get the out.
After a 3 up, 3 down top of the 2nd, Nick Goode would get the game started with a quick sprint over to 2nd base off a great hit to left center field. He would then score off a single to left center field from Harrison Madagan. The inning would end leaving Shockers’ MVP Brodie Pullen on 2nd base.
With quick work from both pitchers and each batter not having a high pitch count, the bottom of the 4th inning came quicker than realized. This is where the Shockers would score their final runs of the night. First up was Russell who would ground one to 3rd baseman Kevin Navedo but would reach on a throwing error. Pearce Bucher would then give himself a bunt single to advance Russell to second for Madagan who got on base from a pitch that took a piece of him. With the bases loaded, Pullen would draw a 4 pitch walk for his only RBI this game. Bucher would then steal home on a wild pitch and Ethan Burgreen would steal 2nd on a wild pitch to Nate Brookshire. With 2 runners in scoring position with 2 outs, Steven Woerner would do the trick and get his 4th K of the night.
The Bucks were able to hold the Shockers the remainder of the game and would rally their team to scoring some clutch runs in the top of the 6th inning. Navedo would rocket one into left field with one out. Shockers’ pitcher Aiden Henry would then give his first and only walk of the game to Luke Shifflett to put 2 runners on base for John Siciliano to pop one sky high to right center field. Pullen calls it in right center field, gets his glove on it, but is unable to hang onto it as Navedo crosses the plate to give the Bucks their first run of the night. With Shifflett and Siciliano in scoring position, Cody Swisher takes a ball to the back to load the bases. Micah Canterbury would send a sac fly to score Shifflett followed by a 2 RBI double down the 3rd base line by Alex Knicely to give the Bucks their first lead of the game.
The insurance run for the Bucks was scored in the top of the 8th after Siciliano would make it on base off an infield hit, advance to 2nd on a sac bunt from Swisher and would score off a RBI single to left field from Canterbury.
Siciliano would cross home twice, as both Canterbury and Knicely would walk away with 2 RBIs this game.
The Valley Care Management Player of the Game would be Woerner with his first start of the game with 8 innings worked allowing 6 hits and 3 runs cross the plate.
The Shockers are back in action tomorrow, June 30 at Broadway Highschool as they play the Broadway Bruins. The Bucks will play at Ray Heatwole Park on Friday July 1 with both games starting at 7:30 pm.
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