The Rockbridge Rapids’ 2012 season came to a close on Saturday night when the lost to the Harrisonburg Turks for the second time in as many days.
Rockbridge showed that they weren’t fazed by their one hit performance the night before with a two run third inning to take a 2-1 lead, but they did not have enough to top the Turks.
The scoring went back and forth for the rest of the game with the Turks taking a 5-3 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
There seemed to still be hope in a memorable ninth inning. Connor Andrus came to bat as a pinch hitter and worked a 2-1 count before apparently getting hit by a pitch. As he went to take first base home plate umpire Jason Morgan called him back. Morgan called the pitch a strike instead and that the count was 2-2.
Andrus argued and got thrown out, shortly joined by Head Coach Evan Wise and First-base Coach Cliff Jackson.
Jeremey Jansen came up as a pinch hitter and finished the at bat for Andrus, working a walk. Catcher Stephen Crowe, who already hit a solo home run in the game, came up next but was unable to repeat or at least move the runner with a pop up to first.
With one on and one out second baseman All-Star Chandler Smetana came up to the plate. Turks reliever Shawn O’Neill was able to end all hopes for the Rapids by getting Smetana to hit a ball to second baseman Thomas Smith that was turned into a double play to end the game.
With the loss the Rapids’ end their season with a 22-24 record. The Turks advance to the next round of the playoffs against the Waynesboro Generals.