Before I get started I want to say it was great to see some familiar faces around Rebel Park and up in the Crows Nest last night.
1.Dallas Alkire was back from his extended vacation and returned to the broadcast booth to help call the action.
2. ESPN 1240's Chip Krable was inside the press box calling the game for the Generals fans back in the Waynesboro-Staunton area.
3. John Leonard (All Things Valley League) was also back at the diamond following his family vacation to Pennsylvania.
4. John Galle (Shenandoah Valley-Herald) was there to cover the action for the weekly paper and was asking who in the area was getting close to completing their passport?
5. Tabatha and Beverly- The ladies that we spent this past Monday night celebrating their completion of the loop were there to cheer on their Generals as was Brian- the voice of the Generals.
6. Damon Dillman (TV-3) was there and he also brought exciting news that a feature on the promotion would be running on the 6 & 11 PM newscasts tomorrow evening.
7. Lawrence Nesselrodt- Got the chance to visit with the Generals Skipper following the contest...
8.Mr. & Mrs. Birmingham (Jim's parents)- Bumped into them before and after the game. The post game conversation included meeting Jim for the first time. The couple was part of a huge number of family & friends in town for Parents week-end. I met the Birminghams down in Covington and then saw them again when New Market made the trip over to Luray. Always smiling people and love to have our paths cross.
With that said- Lets take a look at the ballgame:
Waynesboro (19-8) made it 8 wins in their last 10 ball games by defeating the New Market Rebels 4-1 in Valley Baseball League action Thursday night at Rebel Park.
The Generals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Ryan Adams (Elon) stroked a 2-run home run down the right field line off Rebel starter Steve Owens (1-3). Adams blast plated Brandon Sizemore (College of Charleston) after Sizemore singled and stole second base. Owens (Richmond) settled down after the first inning, allowing just one walk over the next four innings.
New Market (9-18) looked to tie the game up in the bottom of the first inning when Kevin Dietrich (UNC-Pembroke) and Michael Mooney (Florida) each coaxed walks off Generals starter Jeffery Sinkiewicz (Butler). Sinkiewicz helped himself by picking Dietrich off second base with a great move and throw to the bag. Dietrich followed a Brent Weiss single in the third inning with one of his own but once again Sinkiewicz quited the threat by retiring Mooney and Nick Stanley to keep the score 2-0 Waynesboro. One pitch before Mooney struck out he sent a shot down the third base line that would of tied the game at 2-2 and sent Mooney to second base but the ball was called foul.
The newest General, Gabriel Saade (Duke) finally collected the third hit off Owens when he led off the 6TH inning with a double to left field. Sizemore came to the plate a pushed a great bunt right down the first base line in an attempt to move Saade to third base. Sizemore beat out the play and when the throw to the bag hit Sizemore in the back it allowed the Blue Devil to come around to score the games 3RD run.
Owens went right back to shutting down the Generals for the remainder of his time in the game but he would need his offense to pick him up. Murray Watts (Arkansas State) collected a two out double in the sixth inning and came around to score the Rebels first run on a single by Cooper to cut the lead to 3-1.
Watts was robbed of a base hit back in the fourth inning we he sent a shot back thru the box. Sinkiewicz got his glove on the ball at the apex of his jump and the ball was re-directed to a diving Sizemore behind second base. Sizemore was on the ground at full extension when he flipped the ball to Saade for a force out of Zach Maxfield to keep the Rebels from scoring earlier.
Waynesboro manager Lawrence Nesselrodt went to his bullpen by committee in the eighth inning to try and protect the 3-1 lead.Chris Enourato (WVU) issued a walk to Stanley before retiring Maxfield on a deep fly ball to center field. The next General to take the mound was staff ace Adam Liberatore (Tenn. Tech). The starter was scheduled to throw between starts so he was available to face a batter or two. The lefty walked Watts on just 4 pitches to give the Rebels runners on first and second base for the fourth time in the game. Exit Liberatore and enter Danny Wiltz (Tennessee) to face Cooper. Wiltz finally outlasted Cooper by striking out the Gator after a number of foul balls and Justin Russell came to the plate for New Market.
Rebels skipper Nolan Neiman sent Brandon Kirsch in as a pinch runner for Watts. Kirsch represented the tying run and when Russell stroked a shot headed to right field things looked good for the home team. The call on the field was that the ball struck Kirsch on the way to right, ending the inning and for the most part the chances of the Rebels.
Waynesboro added an UN-earned run in the top of the ninth to stretch the lead to 4-1 and Wiltz came back out to retire New Market in order to end the game...
Waynesboro 200 001 001- 4 7 0
New Market 000 001 000- 1 8 1
LP- S. Owens (1-3)
HR- Ryan Adams (1)
New Market travels up to Haymarket for their next game on Saturday July 5th after the VBL takes Friday July 4th off to celebrate the Nations birthday. Last year Woodstock traveled to Luray on July 4TH to face the Wranglers in an 11:00 AM start time.