Kentucky pair throws two-hitter against New Market

NEW MARKET — A pair of Wildcats proved to be too much on the mound for the New Market Rebels on Thursday night.

The University of Kentucky pair of Ryne Combs and Bo Wilson combined for a two-hitter as Aldie topped New Market, 3-2, in Valley Baseball League action at Rebel Park.

“I thought we did a good job of throwing strikes on the mound,” Aldie manager Erik Lemley said. “Pitched to a lot of contact and played a lot of good defense behind our guys on the mound, which is a good recipe to win.”

Combs went six innings, allowing just two hits and struck out four. Wilson went three innings, allowing no hits with one strikeout.

The Senators took the lead in the top of the seventh of a 2-2 game. With one out, Aldie’s Andrew Seigel singled, and Steven Kraft reached on a bunt single. Garrett Vrbanic was hit by a pitch by New Market starter Josh Burchell to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Brodt gave the Senators the lead.

“Offensively, we got timely hitting when we needed it,” Lemley said. “We didn’t hit all that great, but when we had guys on base we were able to knock them in.”

Burchell went seven innings, scattering eight hits with two strikeouts. New Market manager George Schaefer said that Burchell is coming off an injury, and he was very happy with his outing.

“He was filling up the zone. He competed. He found a way to strand a few runners,” Schaefer said. “… We’re going to need him the last four or five weeks. He’ll be a big part of why we have some success.”

New Market took the lead in a scoreless game in the bottom of the fourth.

Zach Callahan got things started for the Rebels, reaching third on a single and a two-base error. New Market’s Kevin Woodall followed with an RBI double for the first run of the contest.

A wild pitch by Combs moved Woodall to third, and he scored on a groundout by Storm Edwards.

The Senators tied the game in the top of the sixth. Vrbanic singled, and Brodt followed with a double off Burchell. An RBI single by Weber Pike cut the lead to 2-1.

With one out, Brodt scored on a fielder’s choice to tie the game at 2-2.

The Rebels (9-9) had some opportunities late in the game to tie it up against Wilson. In the bottom of the eighth, New Market’s Roberto Rivera was caught stealing to end a threat.

In the bottom of the ninth, Edwards was hit by a pitch from Wilson and pinch-hitter Connor Gunn drew a walk with one out. However, back-to-back groundouts ended the game.

“We didn’t come up with a big hit,” Schaefer said.

The Senators (7-8) were led by Seigel with three hits. Lemley said he is still playing around with his lineup and giving everyone some playing time at this point in the season.

“As we get closer to [the] all-star break, we’ll start playing a more regular lineup,” Lemley said. “For now we’re just trying to hang around .500 and win as many games as we can and get guys their work in.”

The loss snaps the Rebels’ three-game winning streak as they get ready for a three-game road swing starting Friday.

“We’re not fazed by the loss,” Schaefer said. “Obviously you want to come out on top, but we’re going to get back at it tomorrow. That’s the way baseball is. You gotta have amnesia, and we’ll look to get it back on track.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com