Fernandez Grand Slam Clinches VBL Title for New Market
Date: Aug 7, 2018
Photo Credit: Michael Terndrup
BY JACK MARGAROS
New Market, after getting a four day resting period awaiting the South champion to be crowned, rolled over the Charlottesville Tom Sox in the opening game of the championship series on Monday night, 16-4.
Although Charlottesville took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, the Rebels put up 11 unanswered runs to cruise to their 12th straight victory.
Zac Ching laced an RBI double, Pat McColl followed up with an RBI single and Will Allocca singled later in the inning to build the three-run advantage for the Tom Sox after one inning.
The first two Rebels batters singled to start the second. After a sacrifice bunt moved each runner 90 feet, Drake May and Kobe Lopez each singled to cut Charlottesville’s lead to 3-2. Andrew Eyster followed with another single to tie the game. Chase Sudduth grounded out to bring in Lopez and give New Market its first lead, 4-3.
The Rebels poured on seven more runs between the fourth and fifth innings to open a dominant lead. With men on first and second in the fourth, Eyster singled to bring around both runners and open a 6-3 lead. Later in the inning with bases loaded and one away, Austin Bogart singled to score two more runners.
In the fifth, Eyster drove in yet another with an RBI double. Sudduth followed with a triple to plate two more runs to give the Rebels an 11-3 lead. Eyster (3-for-5) and Sudduth (4-for-6) accounted for seven of New Market’s 16 runs.
Charlottesville answered in the sixth with a run as Nickolas Oar scored on a wild pitch, only to have the Rebels tack on five more in the seventh. Bogart was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Adan Fernandez worked a walk in the next at-bat.
Christopher De Guzman worked another walk and May singled to score two, making it 16-4.
New Market starter Chase Anderson went five innings, permitting three runs on six hits on as many strikeouts in the win. His counterpart, Sean McCracken, went three innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out two.
The Rebels will look to secure the Valley Baseball League title as they host the Tom Sox for game two on Tuesday. First pitch at Rebel Park is slated for 7:30 p.m.