The Rockbridge Rapids won their fourth home game in a row when the Staunton Braves made the trek to Lexington last night.
The Rapids led the game for good after a four run fifth inning put them on top 7-4.
The Braves threatened two times in the remaining four innings, including scoring a run in the top of the seventh. The Rapids responded in the bottom of the inning with a run of their own, but were in trouble again in both the eighth and ninth innings.
The Braves loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the eighth inning. Center fielder Ryan Stephens of the Braves led off the inning with a single before Rapids’ pitcher Jordan Pace walked the next two batters. The Rapids brought in Keven McCulloh to get out of the jam. McCulloh struck out shortstop Ricky Santiago for the first out. First baseman Ben Verlander met the same fate before designated hitter TJ Shantz grounded out to second for the final out of the inning.
The Rapids tried to get an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. Shortstop Brody Greer doubled with one out. Two batters later pinch hitter Garrett Furr hit a single through the left side. Greer was waved home but was tagged out at the plate to end the inning.
In their last chance to at least tie the game up and force it into extra innings, the Braves had men on first and third with just one out. Any chance of a rally was quickly extinguished as Stephens hit into a double play, 3 to 6 to 3.
The Rapids are now 12-10 on the season and 8-9 in the South Division. They continue South Division play tonight when they travel to Harrisonburg to face the Turks in a 7:30 contest.