Charlottesville vs Waynesboro game 2 was postponed again- to be played Wednesday (in Waynesboro). So that left the North Division finals game one of Winchester at New Market.
- New Market 10, Winchester 3 (Rebels lead, 1-0)
The Rebels crushed the Royals tonight with a barrage of 15 hits and 10 runs. The Rebels scored early and often against Winchester starter Nicholas Beardsley; in fact, the score was 2-0 after only two batters, as Kobe Lopez singled and Andrew Eyster immediately scored them both with a home run. The Rebels scored two more in the first, as Chase Sudduth walked, Oraj Anu singled, Andrew Kasiski sacrificed them over, and Adan Fernandez singled them both home.
That was all the Rebels needed to win the game, but they weren’t done. Eyster doubled in the 2nd and came home on an error on a Sudduth grounder. They scored two more times in the 3rd on a Cristopher De Guzman RBI single, and Fernandez later scored on a wild pitch.
Eyster doubled in a run in the 6th, hit a second home run, a solo shot, in the 8th, and the last Rebel run scored that inning when Kasiski singled in Sudduth.
Eyster was pretty clearly the hitter of the game, ending up going 4-5, with 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 3 runs and 4 RBIs. Fernandez went 3-4 with a run and 2 RBIs as well.
The Royals scored once in the 2nd when Shawn Vazquez singled in Aaron Palensky, and twice in the 8th on a Ramond Gil home run.
Beardsley got the loss, and Rebel starter Thomas Packert got the win after throwing 5 solid innings, in which he gave up 1 run on 5 hits and 3 walks.
The teams meet again Wednesday night in Winchester for game 2.
Has anyone else noticed how hot New Market is right now? Taking out the completion of the suspended game from June 9th, which lasted all of 4 pitches on hte last day of the season, the Rebels have won ten games in a row, and have scored at least 7 runs in all of them. In fact, they have outscored the opposition 88-39 in those ten games. With Andrew Eyster anchoring a lineup that just doesn’t quit, the Rebels have to be considered a strong candidate to win the Jim Lineweaver Cup in a few days….