New Market’s recent playoff struggles continued on Sunday.
The second-seeded Shockers lost to No. 7 seed Elkton 3-1 in 10 innings in the first game of the best-of-3 Rockingham County Baseball League quarterfinals. Last year, the Shockers were swept by Elkton in the first round of the playoffs.
New Market couldn’t have asked for a much better performance from starting pitcher Darrell Thompson (Shenandoah University). The Sherando graduate went eight innings and had 19 strikeouts, allowing just three hits and an earned run.
In the top of the third, Elkton’s Will Decker and Lee Carneal had back-to-back singles and J.J. Loker drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Tristan Gordon was hit by a pitch from Thompson to give the Blue Sox a 1-0 lead.
The Shockers tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. Matt Moon (Shenandoah University) singled with one out. Sherando graduate Frankie Ritter (Shenandoah University) doubled and Henry Delavergne’s groundout scored pinch runner Luke Estep (Central/Roanoke College) to tie the game at 1.
In the top of the 10th, Decker singled off New Market releiver Joel Smith(Shenandoah University). Carneal followed with an RBI single and Gordon’s RBI single stretched the lead to 3-1.
The Shockers managed only six hits. Nick Goode (Shenandoah University) went 2-for-2 for to lead New Market. Elkton pitcher Derek Justice threw a complete game and stuck out eight.
New Market was scheduled to play at Elkton in Game 2 of the series on Monday. If a Game 3 is necessary it is scheduled to be played Wednesday at New Market.