The Rockbridge Rapids scored six runs over the course of the seventh and eighth innings but it was not enough to top the Strasburg Express in an 8-6 loss last night.
In a slugfest where every starter on both teams had at least one hit, the two teams combined for twenty seven hits.
Leading the way for the Rapids was first baseman Connor Lewis. Lewis had two hits, including a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth. Third baseman Eric Renegar also had two RBI off of a seventh inning home run with two outs.
The Rapids were unable to capitalize on their hits early in the game. They left seven men on base before they scored their first run in the seventh inning. In the third inning the Rapids had the bases loaded with nobody out but were unable to score a run.
Starting pitcher Cole Cramer took the loss for the Rapids, giving up four runs in six innings of pitching.
The Express extended their lead to 8-0 when Garrett Brister came in for relief in the seventh, giving up four runs of his own without getting a single out. Daniel Hyatt came in to stop the bleeding, pitching three innings of scoreless baseball.
The Rapid, now 18-17, remain in fourth place in the South Division. New Market won again, boasting a five game winning streak, to move to 18-15 and keep the third place slot.
The Rapids play again this evening as they face the Covington Jacks in a 7 pm contest at home.