In a wet pitchers’ duel New Market was able to top Rockbridge 3-0 on Saturday. The second game of the scheduled double-header got postponed due to the rain.
Rapids’ starting pitcher Tyler Broome had a no hitter going through the first five innings of game one, but the Rapids’ offense was unable to give much help.
The Rapids got their only two hits of the game in the second inning. With the bases loaded and one out Rebels’ starter Chad Kuhl got right fielder Andrew Barna to strike out swinging before forcing left fielder Eric Renegar into hitting into a fielder’s choice.
New Market was able to get onto the scoreboard after a sloppy third inning by the Rapids. With one out, catcher Andrew Burgess walked. Burgess was able to advance to second, and then to third, on two wild pitches. Broome then walked the next batter, left fielder Tyler Slaton. Slaton stole second, but Burgess was tagged at home attempting to score on the play. Slaton was then able to score on an error by first baseman Connor Lewis.
The Rapids only allowed one run in the third inning, but the damage had been done.
Neither team got a hit again until New Market came up to the plate in the sixth. Center fielder Mac Hudgins led off the inning for the Rebels with a single to right center, and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Matt Ford. Hudgins was then able to score on a double by second baseman Matt Dickason.
As the ball was being thrown to second base lightening was spotted, delaying the game by at least thirty minutes. The rain followed, delaying the game for over an hour before the two teams decided to at least try and finish the first game.
Designated hitter Justin Lacy led off for the Rebels after the rain delay and reached on an error by second baseman Chandler Smetana. Dickason scored on the play to stretch the lead to 3-0.
The Rapids were unable to chip into the Rebels’ lead in the remaining inning and a half of play.
With the loss the Rapids fall to 17-16, and fall to fourth place in the South Division. New Market rises to the third place spot with a 17-15 record.
The Rapids play again tomorrow when they travel to Staunton for a 7:30 contest. Staunton is currently fifth in the South Division with a 16-20 record.
The second game of the double header has been re-scheduled for Tuesday July 24th at 7 pm. It will be played at Cap’n Dick Smith Field in Lexington.