Braves top Rebels
NEW MARKET — Garrett Ring pitched six strong innings, and Staunton took an early lead and didn’t look back on Tuesday against New Market.
The Braves had 12 hits in a 10-5 Valley Baseball League victory over the Rebels at Rebel Park.
Ring (Middle Tennesse State) struck out 12 in six solid innings of work.
“He’s a quiet guy,” Staunton manager George Laase said. “It’s like the calm before the storm, and he brought the hammer today.
“… He was really attacking with his fastball and his off-speed kept them at bay.”
The Braves took the lead in the top of the second. Staunton’s Josh Smith hit a solo homer over the left-field fence off New Market starter Josh Burchell.
Staunton’s Kevin Abraham drew a one-out walk and Jordan Howard was hit by a pitch. A two-run double by Andy Szmaski gave the Braves a 3-0 lead.
New Market manager Geoerge Schaefer said that Burchell suffered an injury, and so he replaced him in the second with Tim Edwards (Seton Hall).
Edwards did an effective job in relief. Edwards pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and striking out two.
“I was really happy with all of our relievers,” Schaefer said. “They did a good job, and really kept us alive. They were really tough tonight.”
In the top of the fourth, A pair of one-out walks set up an RBI single by Jordan Howard for a 4-0 edge.
In the top of the fifth, Staunton’s Brad Jarreau reached third on a double and an error, and Austin Edens followed with an RBI single.
New Market’s Steven Powles relieved Edwards in the top of the sixth, but didn’t receive much help in the field.
The Rebels committed two errors, which led to four runs for the Braves.
New Market scored a run in the bottom of the sixth off Ring. New Market’s Roberto Rivera had a one-out single and stole second. With two outs, Rivera scored on a single by Zach Callahan.
Ring allowed only four hits and had no walks.
The Rebels added three runs in the bottom of the eighth. New Market’s Porter Reinhart was hit by a pitch by Staunton reliever Damon Frazier. With one out, Rivera singled. An error on a grounder hit by Nate Blanchard cut the lead to 9-2. A sacrifice fly by Kevin Woodall and a wild pitch scored two runs and cut the lead to 9-4.
Each team added a run in the ninth. The Rebels had four of their nine hits in the last two innings.
“We showed a little heart,” Schaefer said. “As the game went on we put together some quality at-bats.”
The Braves had two hits each by Szmaski, Jarreau, Smith and Howard.
Staunton is now 3-0 on the season, and Laase said he’s very happy with the start.
“The guys have really meshed together well,” Laase said. “That’s something you can’t teach — team chemistry.”
The Rebels were led by Callahan, Woodall and Rivera with two hits each.
It was the first loss of the season for New Market, but Schaefer said he still likes what he sees from his team.
“I don’t think anyone is going to go undefeated in the Valley League. Losses are going to happen, you just have to learn from it,” Schaefer said.
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