The New Market Shockers saw their winning streak snapped on Tuesday but bounced back Wednesday night with a 9-8 road win over Stuarts Draft to keep pace with the rest of the pack atop the Rockingham County Baseball League standings.
The Shockers, winners of six of their last seven games, are 8-3 and a half-game back of league leader Clover Hill with nine games remaining in the regular season.
After falling in a 2-0 hole in the first inning against Stuarts Draft (2-8) on Wednesday night, New Market answered with five runs in the top of the second and another in the fourth to take a 6-2 lead. The Diamondbacks, who outhit New Market 16-10, scored six runs between the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to knot the score at 8-all, but the Shockers regained the lead for good in the top of the eighth when Nick Goode, a James Wood High School and Shenandoah University grad, scored the go-ahead run on an error by the catcher after stealing second and third following a leadoff walk.
Shockers leadoff man Henry Delavergne (Shenandoah University) hit a three-run home run, his second of the RCBL season, during New Market’s five-run second inning, and Haden Madagan (Millbrook/Shenandoah) hit a solo homer to lead off the sixth.
Goode and fellow local product Frankie Ritter (Sherando/Shenandoah) had two hits apiece to lead New Market.
Michael Prosperi (Shenandoah) started Wednesday’s game on the mound for New Market and tossed six innings while allowing five runs (three earned) on nine hits while striking out five.
C.J. Morton, yet another Shenandoah player on New Market’s roster, picked up the win after throwing two scoreless innings to close out the contest. Morton allowed three hits and a walk and struck out three.
Wednesday’s victory came one day after the Shockers had their five-game winning streak snapped in a 4-1 loss to Montezuma on Tuesday. Hunter Entsminger (Sherando/James Madison University) was solid on the mound for New Market but took the loss after giving up a grand slam in the sixth inning. Entsminger allowed just three hits and two walks and struck out eight over six innings.