Six-run sixth lifts Eagles over Generals
NEW MARKET – East Rockingham used a six-run, sixth inning to pull out its sixth win of the season Friday night.
The Eagles broke open a tie game en route to a 13-4 Shenandoah District baseball victory over Stonewall Jackson at Rebel Park in a game that lasted nearly three hours.
The Generals (2-4, 2-2 Shenandoah) struck first with a run in the bottom of the first. Stonewall Jackson’s Nick Dotson led off with a double to left field off East Rockingham starting pitcher Dalton Jefferson.
Logan Ritchie drew a walk, and both runners moved up a base on Tyler Somers’ sacrifice bunt. Stonewall Jackson’s Matt Dove followed with a sacrifice fly RBI for a 1-0 lead.
The Eagles (6-1) threatened to score in the bottom of the third. Jefferson led off with a single. With one out, Stonewall Jackson second baseman Logan Ritchie made a stellar catch on a line drive off the bat of Ethan Meadows for the second out.
East Rockingham’s Mack Rexrode drew a walk, but Dotson induced a groundout by Isaac Kisling to end the inning.
In the bottom of the third, Dotson drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a groundout by Ritchie. Somers reached on an infield single to put runners on the corners. A throwing error on an infield grounder hit by Dove scored Dotson to give Stonewall Jackson a 2-0 lead.
The Eagles rallied in the top of the fifth to take the lead. East Rockingham’s Braeden Wallace reached on an error to start the inning. Jefferson drew a walk and a one-out single by Meadows loaded the bases.
Dotson struck out Rexrode, but Kisling drew a walk to cut the lead to 2-1. East Rockingham’s Nick Jenkins hit a two-run single to give the Eagles a 3-2 edge.
The Generals came right back in the bottom of the fifth. Dotson doubled with one out and Ritchie drew a walk. A single by Somers loaded the bases. Pinch-runner Matthew Showman was forced out at home on a ground ball off the bat of Dove for the second out.
Stonewall Jackson’s David Moomaw was hit by a pitch from Jefferson to tie the game at 3. Jefferson was able to get out of the jam by striking out Tyler Dellinger.
The Eagles took the lead for good in the top of the sixth. Wallace and Jefferson had back-to-back one-out singles. Blake Baylor followed with an RBI single to give East Rockingham a 4-3 lead. Meadows was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Ritchie came in to relieve Dotson, and walked Rexrode and Kisling back-to-back to stretch the lead to 6-3.
After Jenkins struck out, Tanner Kisling and Luke Myers each drew a walk to plate two more runs. Dellinger relieved Ritchie on the mound, but Rexrode scored on a passed ball for the final run of the inning.
Jefferson went six innings for the Eagles, allowing just five hits and striking out four. He also led East Rockingham at the plate with two hits.
The Eagles host Wilson Memorial on Tuesday.
Stonewall Jackson was led by Dotson with two doubles and Somers with two singles. The Generals host Strasburg on Monday.
Stonewall Jackson assistant coach Brian Murphy managed the Generals on Friday night as head coach Jeremy Knight was out of town.