By Robert Edmonds - email@example.com
NEW MARKET -- The Haymarket Senators rolled into Rebel Stadium and took the field by storm, connecting for 15 hits against eight different New Market pitchers as they cruised comfortably to a 13-4 victory Friday night.
"Tonight proved to be a good all-around game for us," Haymarket manager Ryan Fecteau said. "Everyone in the lineup got a hit except for our cleanup hitter, and he was driving the ball each time he came to the plate. They just didn't fall for him, but we were patient and then a good job against their staff."
Haymarket wasted little time against Rebels starter Billy Falasco, jumping ahead by three in the second inning and sending the pitcher to the showers early. Tyler White and Jimmy Dowdell hit back-to-back singles to start the rally. Scott Ferrara and Douglas Fleming then kept things rolling with RBI singles of their own to take the lead.
Zeth Stone then sacrificed Ferrara in to extend the lead to 3-0 as all nine batters for the Senators got to the plate in the inning. New Market held Haymarket scoreless until the fifth inning, when they scored a pair of runs in each of the next three innings.
Two runs scored on wild pitches by reliever Jordan Gomez in the fifth. Haymarket blasted a two-run home run to left-center field in the sixth against Gomez, and the seventh was almost a repeat of the fifth when two runs scored on passed balls to give the Senators a 9-2 lead and conceivably put the game out of reach.
With plenty of support, Senators starter Steve Simon kept New Market from mounting any type of comeback. Simon pitched seven innings in the win with four strikeouts and only allowed one walk while being charged with three runs.
"Steve [Simon] hasn't started for us recently, but he went out tonight and had a great performance," Fecteau said. "He was a starter at the beginning of the season, but he came out of the rotation and we decided to give him a go tonight and it was good to see him have such a good performance."
As the regular season winds down, Haymarket continues to hunt for the top seed in the league, while New Market continues to battle to reach the postseason.
"We aren't really focusing on the postseason right now," Fecteau. "Our goal is to come out in first place in the regular season. We are playing hard each day for that until the season comes to a close. That is a pretty big feat in itself. Then we will focus our attention on the playoffs."