In the past week and a half of Valley League Baseball play, the Rockbridge Rapids won just two of their seven games played.
The Rapids started off the streak with a heartbreaking loss to the New Market Rebels on June 14th. In their second meeting of the season the Rapids were leading 3-0 entering the bottom of the seventh. Starting pitcher Jeremy Jansen gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning before the Rapids brought in Kevin McCulloh to pitch. McCulloh gave up a run in the eighth inning, and was responsible for the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth. It was the first win of the season for the Rebels.
Rockbridge was not able to keep the game as close the following night when they traveled to Staunton to face the Braves. Rockbridge gave up four in the second inning and six more in the fourth to be down 10-3 by the end of the fourth inning. The Rapids had fight in them and were able to score five of their own in the sixth to bring the score to 10-8. However, they let up then let up another five runs in the bottom half of the inning. Rockbridge was never able to recover and lost to Staunton 18-9.
The Rapids were able to come home the next day and show the Lexington crowd that they still have the ability to win. Against the Harrisonburg Turks the Rockbridge Rapids had their first clean game in the field since defeating the Covington Jacks on June 13th. The Turks had three errors of their own, accounting for two of the Rapids’ four runs. Pitchers Tyler Broome and Kevin McCulloh combined for 11 strikeouts to lead the Rapids to a 4-1 victory.
Rockbridge was unable to use the win over Harrisonburg to gain momentum. They lost the next three games they played. They lost to Covington at home on Sunday 11-7, Waynesboro at home on Tuesday 3-1, and at Strasburg on Wednesday 9-8.
After a rainout at home against Luray, Rockbridge travelled to Haymarket yesterday. Rockbridge won 7-6. It was a back and forth game throughout the night. The Rapids took the lead for good in the top of the eighth. Third baseman Andrew Barna tripled to lead off the inning and was able to score off of a single by center fielder Chase Corn to give the Rapids a 7-6 lead.
The Rapids, with an 8-8 record, hope to get their record over .500 in tonight’s game at Cap’n Dick Smith Field in Lexington at 7 pm. The Rapids face off against Front Royal for their first meeting of the season.