Rockbridge Rapids

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Tight race to the finish

            In a season filled with rainouts, the last two weeks of the regular season are packed with games and a tight race for the final playoff spots in the South Division.

            Rockbridge, currently in third place with a 17-14 record, is followed closely by New Market (15-15) and Staunton (16-17).

            The Rapids are trying to build a gap between them and the Rebels and Braves, winning two of their last three games.

            On Wednesday the Rapids traveled to Woodstock to face the River Bandits and came out with a 9-2 victory. Cole Cramer pitched a complete game for the Rapids, giving up eight hits and striking out five. The game was tight until the seventh inning. Tied at 2-2, the Rapids put up seven runs in the inning to which the River Bandits were never able to respond to.

            The following day the Rapids had a double header against the South Division leader Harrisonburg Turks.

            In game one, the Rapids were held hitless until the fourth inning. The Turks scored three in the third and the Rapids were unable to overcome the deficit. The Rapids challenged the Turks in the seventh with bases loaded and no outs. The Turks were able to get out of the inning with just one run scoring with the help of a game ending double play.

            Jeremy Jansen took the loss, pitching all seven innings for the Rapids.

            Rockbridge turned it around in the nightcap. Left fielder Cody Dolan and first baseman Andrew Willingham led the Rapids with two RBI apiece in the 6-1 victory.

            The Rapids went out to an early 6-0 lead after scoring one in the second and five in the third. Starting pitcher Levi Mauldin kept the Turks off of the board until the seventh inning. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, catcher AJ Murray singled up the middle and scored on a double by shortstop RJ Perucki. Mauldin was able to finish the game and earn the victory when he got second baseman Mark Lumpa to ground out to shortstop.

            The Rapids have a busy schedule ahead of them. With no days off, the Rapids will play 13 games in 11 days to finish off the regular season.