In another rain shortened game left fielder Cody Dolan went 4-4 to lead the Rapids to a 7-0 victory over the New Market Rebels.
Starting pitcher Heath Gray pitched five scoreless innings before the game was called due to rain.
The Rapids took the lead from the start after loading the bases with just one out in the first inning. Rebel’s starting pitcher Michael Deitsch then walked first baseman Connor Lewis to score one and keep the bases loaded. Shortstop Brody Greer scored the second run of the inning by tagging up on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Andrew Willingham. Deistch was able to get out of the inning when designated hitter Connor Andrus flew out to left field.
The Rapids were able to extend their 2-0 lead in the second inning. They scored three runs off of three hits, including a solo home run by catcher Stephen Crowe.
The Rebels were not able to put anything together throughout the evening. Gray, earning his third win of the season, allowed just three hits over the course of the game. The Rapids defense stepped up behind him, not having an error for the second game in a row.
The Rapids are now 19-19 and extend their lead for the final playoff spot. The Staunton Braves, the fifth place team, lost to Waynesboro last night.
The Rapids face off against the Braves tonight in a 7 pm game at Cap’n Dick Smith Field.