Rebels power past Express in 10 innings

Strasburg's shortstop Tyler Halas puts a late tag on New Market's Chase DeMars during fifth inning action Wednesday night at First Bank Park in Strasburg. DeMars slid around the tag and was safe. Rich Cooley/Daily

STRASBURG – New Market has the most home runs in the Valley Baseball League this season, and it was on full display Wednesday night.

The Rebels hit three home runs, including a three-run homer in the top of the 10th, for a 7-4 victory over Strasburg.

With the game tied at 4-4 in the top of the 10th, New Market’s Brendan Donovan singled. One out later, Jason Costa reached on an error. New Market’s Luke Bolka hit a towering home run over the left-field fence for a 7-4 edge.

“Luke Bolka goes up there, and oh my gosh that ball I think it’s still going over those trees,” New Market manager Zac Cole said. “It was just incredible.”

Two solo homers came in the top of the eighth. With the Express clinging to a 3-2 lead, New Market’s John Cable led off with a solo home run over the right-field fence to tie the game.

New Market third baseman Brendan Donovan leaps as he attempts to catch a throw on a third base steal by Strasburg's Drew Avans during fourth inning action Wednesday night at First Bank Park in Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

Just one out later, Costa homered off Strasburg relief pitcher Alex Schnell.

The Express (11-5) tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. Strasburg’s Donovan May singled with one out off New Market reliever Mat Oset. Tyler Halas followed with an RBI double to tie the game at 4-4.

With two outs, Strasburg had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. Strasburg’s Carter Pharris singled, but didn’t go through the infield. Halas slipped as he rounded third base and was then caught in a run down to end the inning.

The Express also had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the 10th, but couldn’t get a run across.

“We had some missed opportunities,” Strasburg manager Butch Barnes said. “We got to take advantage of certain situations that were in – some situational hitting. We got guys at first and second, nobody out, we don’t even move them. We got to do a better job that that.”

Strasburg's Drew Avans dives into home plate during a fourth inning steal on a wild pitch Wednesday night at First Bank Park in Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

The Express scored two runs in the bottom of the first. Strasburg’s Carter Pharris singled with two outs. Dylan Ingram drew a walk from New Market starting pitcher Terrell McCall. Strasburg’s Alex Galgano followed with a two-run double for a 2-0 lead.

Strasburg stretched the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth. Strasburg’s Drew Avans drew a walk from McCall. He moved to second on a groundout by Jeffrey Scott. Avans stole second and later scored on a wild pitch.

The Rebels (7-10) battled back in the top of the fifth. New Market’s Nick Debo doubled to start the inning. With one out, Brady Lloyd drew a walk from Strasburg starting pitcher Benjamin Dum. New Market’s Chase DeMars followed with an RBI single.

Brendan Donovan’s sacrifice fly RBI cut the lead to 3-2.

Cole said he was very happy with the play of his team.

New Market's John Cable congratulates Brady Lloyd, right, after Lloyd scored after tagging up on a fly ball during fifth-inning action Wednesday night at First Bank Park in Strasburg. The Rebels lead the league in many offensive categories this season. Rich Cooley/Daily

“This team competes every night,” Cole said. “Our scores have been close and we’ve come out on the wrong end a few times, but I’ll play with this team any time.”

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