The Rockbridge Rapids were able capitalize on the Front Royal Cardinals eight errors and Kevin McCulloh pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Saturday to come out on top 10-7.
In Front Royal, the Rapids jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the end of the second and led 7-1 after the fourth. The Cardinals pulled to within two in the bottom of the fifth.
The first three Cardinal batters reached in the fifth inning before Rapids’ starting pitcher Tyler Broome got catcher Keaton Neeb to ground out to short. The next two batters reached base, one on an error and one on a walk. After the Cardinals scored three runs off of Broome, the Rapids brought in Ryan Jones to try and get out of the inning. With one out and the bases loaded, right fielder Christopher Gruarin sent a sacrifice fly to right field. Jones was able to able to get out of the inning without any more damage when he got left fielder Pat Talbut to ground out.
The Rapids were able to extend their lead to 9-5 in the top of the sixth, but the Cardinals responded with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
Jones was able to keep the Cardinals off of the scoreboard in both the seventh and eighth innings while the Rapids tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth off of reliever Ben McKinney.
McCulloh came in the bottom of the ninth to earn his league leading sixth save of the season.
Broome earned the win giving up five runs on ten hits in 4.1 innings. The Rapids enter the All-Star break with a 15-12 record. They play next on Monday when they host the New Market Rebels at 7:00 pm.