Connor Lewis went 2-4 with three RBI and Heath Gray pitched 1.2 innings of hitless relief in the Rapids 6-2 win over New Market tonight to clinch the third seed in the playoffs.
The Rapids were down 2-0 until the sixth inning until they were able to put together a two-out rally to score three runs.
Shortstop Brody Greer worked a walk with two outs and advanced to second on a single by designated hitter Cody Dolan. Center fielder Chase Corn hit a single through the right side to score Greer. Both Dolan and Corn scored on a double by Lewis for two of his three RBI.
The Rapids were able to break the game open in the eighth inning. Once again it was Greer who got things started by getting on base after being hit by a pitch. Dolan moved Greer to second with a sacrifice bunt before Greer tagged up and moved to third on a fly out to center by Corn. Lewis hit his second two out double of the game to score Greer and scored on a single by catcher Stephen Crowe.
Brandon Thigpen came up next, pinch hitting for third baseman Andrew Willingham. In his first at bat since June 23 he hit a standup triple to score Lewis and move the Rapids up 6-2.
Gray returned to the mound, pitching a 1-2-3 inning to end the game and clinch the third spot in the playoffs for the Rapids.
The Rapids will be finishing up their regular season tomorrow with a double header against South Division leader Waynesboro. The first game is slated for 6 pm.