Rebels trounce Royals in VBL action
WINCHESTER – New Market had been in a little bit of an offensive slump earlier this season, but the Rebels showed on Thursday night that they’ve found their offensive groove again.
The Rebels pounded out 14 hits in a 12-6 Valley Baseball League victory over Winchester. It was the fifth win in seven games for the Rebels.
“Early in the year we swung the bats really well, and then as the long season goes on – 42 games – there’s going to be a stretch where you probably don’t swing it as well,” New Market manager Zac Cole said. “We kind of went through that and now we feel like we’re starting to come out of that and we’re starting to swing the bats well again. When you score 12 runs it’s tough to complain.”
The Rebels took the lead in the top of the first. With two outs, Brendan Donovan doubled off Winchester starting pitcher Dillon Brown. Donovan went to third on a wild pitch and then just a few pitches later scored on another wild pitch by Brown for a 1-0 lead.
New Market (15-19) had a chance for more in the first. New Market’s Luke Bolka drew a walk, Nick Debo followed with a single. Daulton Weeks drew a walk to load the bases, but Brown struck out Daniel Kerwin to end the threat.
The Royals (18-14) tied the game in the bottom of the first. With one out, Winchester’s Jacob Koos homered off New Market starting pitcher Davis Kirkpatrick to tie the game.
In the bottom of the second, the Rebels took the lead again. New Market’s Bowen McGuffin doubled to right field and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Brady Lloyd. Luke Manzo followed with an RBI single to give New Market a 2-1 advantage.
For the second straight inning the Rebels left the bases loaded. New Market’s Chase DeMars singled, and with two outs Bolka was hit by a pitch from Brown. Once again Brown was able to get out of the jam with a strikeout to end the inning.
The Rebels extended the lead in the top of the fourth. Manzo led off with a single, and DeMars followed with a two-run homer for a 4-1 edge.
The Royals cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Jaylen Woullard drew a walk from Kirkpatrick. Woullard stole second and third, and scored on an RBI single by Derek Gibree.
Winchester tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Winchester’s Spencer Levine doubled to right field. Trevor Jensen followed with an RBI double to cut the lead to 4-3.
Kirkpatrick was able to strike out Pete Rivera, but back-to-back wild pitches from Kirkpatrick scored Jensen to tie the game at 4-4.
The Rebels took the lead again in the top of the sixth. Lloyd doubled off Winchester relief pitcher Cameron Fritz. Manzo reached on an infield single and a throwing error scored Lloyd.
With one out, Manzo stole second and scored on a sacrifice fly RBI by Brendan Donovan for a 6-4 lead.
Cole said he was happy with the way his team responded after the Royals tied it up.
“I think that’s been a microcosm of our season,” Cole said. “We’ve never quit offensively. We’ve blown some games on the mound, but offensively we’ve always battled. I think our team’s the same way. It would have been easy for our guys to pack it in and say, ‘Hey it’s summer ball,’ and go home, but they keep battling. That’s our culture and that’s a good culture to have.”
The Rebels put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh with five runs. New Market had two doubles, three singles and drew three walks in the inning.
Manzo and DeMars each had an RBI single in the inning. McGuffin had a two-run double, and Weeks drew a walk with the bases loaded to score another run.
New Market added another run in the top of the eighth on a sacrifice fly RBI by Manzo.
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