The Rockbridge Rapids gave up 6 runs in the first inning and were never able to catch up in a 9-1 loss to the Covington Jacks on Friday.
The Jacks were aided by two Rapids’ errors. The Jacks were also aided by a wild pitch on a strikeout that would have been the third out of the inning. The Jacks would have left one man on without scoring.
The Jacks were led at the plate by first baseman Dustin Arrowood. Arrowood went 3 for 4 with two RBI. He hit a double in the first inning that scored two.
Rapids’ starting pitcher Daniel Hyatt was able to recover on the mound, allowing just four more hits and two runs over the next five innings.
The Rapids were not able to respond to the Jacks’ first inning. Jacks’ pitcher Tyler Redding kept the Rapids to just three hits over seven innings of pitching. The Rapids were unable to score until the sixth inning.
The Jacks scored another in the sixth to keep a six run lead, and scored another in the eighth off of a home run by center fielder Seth Miller.
With the loss, the Rapids fall to 17-15 but keep the third place spot in the South Division. New Market defeated Luray to pull within one game of Rockbridge. Staunton lost both games of a double header to Waynesboro to remain one game behind Rockbridge.
The Rapids face New Market today in a double header. Game one begins at 6 pm at Cap’n Dick Smith Field.