Rebels Shutout Generals in Waynesboro
Saturday June 15, 2013
Waynesboro, VA- General and Rebel fans alike were on their feet for the bottom half of the ninth inning in Waynesboro on Saturday night. Adam Zipko was on the mound for the Rebels with the bases loaded, two outs, and a 3-0 Rebel lead. After walking three in a row, Zipko struck-out the last two batters to end the ballgame, earn another save, and help the Rebels get another win.
Justin Cooper was the starting pitcher for the Rebels and put New Market en route for a shutout win against the Generals by working quickly on the mound and allowing only six hits and no runs throughout six innings. The Rebels battled through three scoreless innings but scored three runs in the top of the fourth off the General’s starting pitcher Sean Buchholz. Shortstop Brandon Gum, who went three for four against Waynesboro led-off the inning with a single to center field. Ryan Seiz followed with a hard-hit double to put two runners in scoring position. Derek Peterson plated the first run on a fielder’s choice that put him at first and brought Brandon Gum home just in time. The Rebel’s scored two more on RBI singles by Landon Prentiss and Kevin McMenamin to take a 3-0 lead.
Andrew Woods subbed for Justin Cooper with one out in the bottom of the seventh. He worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam striking out the next two batters swinging. In fact, Rebel pitchers found themselves with the bases loaded and one out on four different occasions in Saturday’s game and still came away with a shutout win. All together, Rebel pitching struck-out nine Generals all together and allowed only seven hits. Rebel faithful, who were biting their nails throughout the game, were impressed with the sturdiness of Rebel pitching. The New Market Rebels improve to 7-4 and battle the Staunton Braves at home on Sunday night at 7:30pm.
Errors Cost the Rebels Another Loss to Staunton
Sunday June 9, 2013
Staunton, VA- After an early lead, the New Market Rebels allowed seven unanswered runs, making mistakes on critical defensive plays. What looked like great baseball early on turned into a ‘hard-to-watch’ loss for Rebel fans. The Rebels went into the bottom of the ninth leading 6-5 but unfortunately, the Braves came away with the walk-off win. This is the second heart wrenching game the Rebels have lost to Staunton this summer.
With Frank Grandinette on the mound for the Braves the, the Rebels scored six runs on six hits in the top of the second inning and brought the crowd of Rebel fans in Staunton to their feet. Landon Prentiss led off the hitting streak with a single and was able to score on a double by Dave Pine. Grandinette then walked two Rebels in a row to load the bases with no outs. The hits continued. Nick Lustrino singled to score Pine, Mac Hudgins doubled to put two across the plate, and Brandon Gum singled to the same gap in right-center field that had been the ‘hot-spot’ for Rebels all inning. The Rebels took a 6-0 lead in the second. It looked like the game was in their hands.
Pitcher for the Rebels, Josh Wood, who had only given up one hit all night to the Braves seemed unbreakable but in the bottom of the fourth with two outs, Michael Adkins singled for the Braves and the trouble started. Wood then walked a player and hit Josh Rudnik with a pitch and suddenly, the Rebels were in a jam. Pressure got to the Rebels and the Braves scored two runs off a wild pitch and an error by the catcher, Dave Pine. The trouble continued for the Rebels in the fifth inning with Josh Falbo on the mound for New Market. The Rebels allowed three hits in the fifth, opening the game up for the Braves. The Braves were a hard-hitting and threatening team and they had proven it in their last meeting with the Rebels but the Rebels made another defensive error and gave up another run on two consecutive wild pitches. The Rebels barely hung on to a 6-5 lead going into the seventh.
The Rebels were struggling to make contact the next three innings thus, they went into the bottom of the ninth with no additional insurance runs. Zipko, who has been a reliable closer for the Rebels so far this summer, took the mound for the Rebels. Two additional errors in the ninth put Brave runners in scoring position and a double by Phil Lipari helps the Braves win the game 7-6. The Rebels will look to tighten up their infield and get another win on Monday night at Rebel Park against Rockbridge.
Beat Waynesboro in Rematch
Saturday June 8, 2013
New Market, VA- The Waynesboro Generals gave the New Market Rebels the first loss of their season in their last meeting on Sunday June 2nd. The Generals beat the Rebels 3-2 but it was a different story at Rebel Park this Saturday night. After two days off due to rain, the Rebels easily defeated the General 5-1, allowing only 3 hits the entire game. Starting pitchers were Tyler Fox for the Generals and Justin Cooper for the Rebels. It was a beautiful night at Rebel Park and fans of both teams packed the stands. A few drops of rain scattered through-out the evening but the sky stayed clear long enough for the New Market Rebels to get another big win.
The Generals were the first to strike and scored their first and only run in the first inning off a single by Jomarcus Woods and error on shortstop Brandon Gum. In the bottom of the second, the Rebels would tie the game 1-1 after a single by Dave Pine led-off the inning for New Market.
The Rebels had racked up nine by the time they came up in the bottom of the fifth but only had one run to show for it. Jeff Conley took the mound for the Generals in the fifth and walked Mark Stuckey. Third baseman Derek Peterson, who had finally settled into a rhythm, then gave the Rebels the break-through they had been waiting for, a homerun that plated two more runs and gave the Rebels a 3-1 lead.
New Market scored two more off only one hit after reliever, Brett Mays, walked two in to give the Rebels a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Adam Zipko came in to close for the Rebels putting out the next three Waynesboro batters in a row. Justin Cooper was credited with his first win of the season. The crowd at Rebel Park was thrilled and the New Market Rebels are now 4-2. They will travel to Staunton to play the Braves on Sunday night at 7:30pm.
Settle Into a Rhythm at Covington
Wednesday June 5, 2013
Covington, VA- Reiss Stanley took the mound for the Rebels on Wednesday night at Covington. Stanley, a lefty and a junior out of King College, struck out six allowing only three hits and no runs, proving why he’ll be a reliable starter for New Market this summer. However, it was the Rebel offense that really got going last night scoring run after run and scoring early. It was an exciting game for the Rebels who kept the momentum in their favor throughout the evening.
In the first inning, the Rebels were able to turn three hits into an early 2-0 lead on a double by Derek Peterson who was swinging a dangerouly hot bat on Wednesday night going four for five. The third inning brought another opportunity for the Rebels when William Stuckey led-off the inning with a homerun, his second of the summer so far in this 2013 Valley League Season. With the same momentum in the fourth, the Rebels plate another on a sacrifice. With eagerness, New Market developed a rhythm for scoring runs consistently last night. Returning Rebel Mac Hudgins, who had been struggling thus far to make contact, then settled into a rhythm himself beginning with an RBI double in the sixth and helping the Rebels take a 5-0 lead. Covington managed to score two runs in the bottom of the inning off reliever Ryan Easterday but that didn’t slow the Rebel offense down at all.
In the seventh, the Rebels showed that they were ready to swing, able to find gaps, and could regain their deep lead over the Lumberjacks with six runs off six hits, including a homerun over left field by Mac Hudgins. Rebel spirits were high and the coaches were loud and animated. Nothing seemed to slow them down. Not even a long and hard-fought inning by the Lumberjacks, who got five hits and scored five runs off Rebel pitchers, Easterday and Josh Falbo. Adam ZIpko came in for the Rebels with two outs and the bases load to strike out the next Lumberjack and limit the damage. Zipko only gave up one hit and allowed only one run that came late in the ninth and saved the game for the Rebels. The Rebels will look to gain even more momentum when taking the field Thursday night against the Rapids at 7:30.
Rebels Show Heart in Loss Against Staunton
Tuesday June 4, 2013
New Market, VA- The New Market Rebels showcased their passion for the game on Tuesday night in a hard-fought game that, despite Rebel efforts, resulted in a 8-6 loss to the Staunton Braves. Tuesday night’s game against Staunton was being played for first place in the South and both teams came to win. Rebel Park was silent at the close of the game, a very tough loss that had the Rebel faithful questioning a controversial call that favored Staunton by three runs. In addition, fans were heartbroken that New Market just barely fell short after they made up three runs with an exciting ninth inning rally.
Aaron Cressley started five innings for the Rebels giving up only one run that came in the top of the third. The run was matched in the bottom half of the inning by the Rebels where Landon Prentiss was able to score off Staunton’s starting pitcher, Cory Beck. Prentiss not only went four for five on Tuesday night with three RBIs, but he also demonstrated that his speed makes him a dangerous player in the Valley this summer.
With the score tied at one, the Rebels took the lead in bottom of the fifth after plating Mac Hudgins on a single by Prentiss. Dylan Caruso then came in to pitch for Staunton, and the Rebels struck again in the bottom of the sixth after a double by Derek Peterson. With a 3-2 lead going into the seventh inning, things got messy for Rebels. Andrew Woods came in to pitch for Carlos Ruiz with runners at first and second and no outs. The Braves scored one on a single by James Vasquez. What followed was a homerun by Bryant Hayman that scored three and gave the Braves a 5-3 lead. The call, that did not please Rebel fans, did require discussion amongst the umpires, as it appeared that the ball had hit the warning track before bouncing over the right field fence. A homerun was ruled and the frustration of the Rebel faithful could be felt around the ballpark.
The Braves extended their lead in the top of the ninth by another powerfully hit double by Bryant Hayman and a single by Michael Adkins. At that point, Rebel Field was quiet but New Market would have something to cheer for as the Rebels came up in the bottom of the ninth. The Rebels loaded the bases with no outs and Mac Hudgins came through with a single that plated one. Landon Prentiss helped the Rebels score two more but a double play ended the game for the Rebels and they fell 8-6. Rebel fans were pleased at the efforts of the team yesterday night and admired the will and determination of the players and coaches. The Rebels proved that they’re a hard-hitting, fast, and passionate team that only looks to improve from there. When the night was over, Coach Jefferson had this to say to a Rebel fan “Well, I hope you’re okay with being 42-2 this season.” That’s exactly the attitude of this year’s team of Rebels and that’s the attitude that will make all the difference this summer. The Rebels are back at it at 7pm on Wednesday at Covington.
Generals Hand Rebels First Loss
Sunday June 2, 2013
Waynesboro, VA- The New Market Rebels (2-1) lost their first game of the season to the Waynesboro Generals (1-2) on a chilly and overcast Sunday night. The Rebels fell 3-2 only managing to come up with three hits against Waynesboro pitching. The Rebels started right handed pitcher Joseph Comacho and the Generals started left-hander Phillip Farmer. New Market grabbed their first of three hits when Mac Hudgins hit an infield single off Farmer’s second pitch of the game. The Rebels, unable to come up with another hit off Farmer until the fifth, left two stranded in the first. The Rebels go quietly in the second and third innings as well.
Pitcher Joseph Comacho didn’t allow a Waynesboro run either, however, until the bottom of the third when the Generals loaded the bases with no outs following a hit-by-pitch, a single by Corban Lucas, and a walk. Thomas Stallings was able to score on a fielder’s choice to give the Generals a 1-0 lead. Josh Falbo comes in to pitch for the Rebels in the fourth and puts away three in a row to quickly end the inning.
A new pitcher, Josh Thorne, comes in to relieve Farmer in the seventh, giving the Rebels an opportunity to score some runs. Derek Peterson is able to advance to second on a Waynesboro error and score on a wild pitch. With two outs, Thorne walks Ray Lopez who successfully steals second and advances to third on an error by the Waynesboro catcher. Brandon Gum comes up with the last hit of the game for the Rebels, a double that scores Lopez. The Rebels take a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh after capitalizing on some major Waynesboro mistakes including their two errors.
The Generals answer back in the second half of the inning scoring two runs off three hits on Rebel’s pitcher Ryan Dittmar. Tyler Bocock gave the Generals a 3-2 lead in the seventh with a double RBI that plated Jomarcus Woods and Corbin Lucas. The Generals maintain their lead and close-out the Rebels with a final score of 3-2. Even though the Rebels battled through two tough Waynesboro pitchers, it wasn’t enough to come up with another New Market win. Dittmar gets the loss but Rebel bullpen looks sturdy with great potential. The Rebels are back at it Tuesday night against the Staunton Braves. Game time is 7:30pm at Rebel Park.
The Rebels Win Their Home Opener Against Rival Turks
Saturday June 1, 2013
New Market, VA- After a beautiful night at Rebel Field, The New Market Rebels (2-0) won their home opener against the Harrisonburg Turks (1-1) in a close 5-4 game. Saturday’s game featured starting pitchers Sam Kmiec of the Turks and Cory Rhodes of the Rebels, a junior out of King College. In an exciting start to the game, the Rebels came up in the first with three consecutive singles to load the bases with no outs. The Rebels are able to plate one in the first inning on a fielder’s choice but they end the inning leaving two men stranded.
The Turks take the lead in the top of the second after they’re able to place runners on 1st and 2nd. A double by Jace Whitley manages to score Eric Kalbfleisch and a single by Andy Perez then puts two more across the plate for Harrisonburg. The top of the second comes to an end after Cory Rhodes catches Perez stealing 2nd base. The Turks lead the Rebels 3-1. The Rebels are unable to come up with anything in the second and Harrisonburg has the opportunity to increase their lead in the third after again loading the bases. The Turks score a run on a sacrifice ground ball by Kalbfleisch. The Rebels fight back in the bottom half of the inning after three consecutive hits including a double to right field by Landon Prentiss (.571) and a single by Ryan Messina that scores Nick Lustrino from 3rd cutting Harrisonburg’s lead down to 4-2.
In the bottom of the third, the Rebels find themselves in another promising position after David Pine singles to right field to lead-off the inning and Kmiec walks Ray Lopez. A single by Brandon Gum scores Pine from 2nd and an RBI double by Mark Stuckey plates Lopez and Gum. The Turks bring in Connor Kaden, who catches Mark Stuckey stealing to end the inning, but the rebels take a 5-4 lead over Harrisonburg off three Rebel hits.
Andrew Woods comes in to pitch for Rhodes allowing only one hit and no runs in the fifth and Josh Falbo comes in to pitch in the sixth striking out two and not allowing a single hit. The Rebels rotate through three more pitchers throughout the game including Carlos Ruiz, Josh Wood, and Adam Zipko who combined to strike out six Turks all together and help the Rebels finish the game with a 5-4 win. Zipko is credited with the save and Andrew Woods with his first win of the season. The Rebel’s season looks very promising. They will take on the Waynesboro Generals Sunday night in Waynesboro at 7pm.
The Rebels Kick-Off with a Big Road Win Against Rockbridge
Friday May 31, 2013
Lexington, VA- The New Market Rebels started their 2013 season off with a big win on the road against the Rockbridge Rapids. The starting pitchers Friday evening were Justin Cooper for the Rebels and Dylan Nelson for the Rapids. Both teams threatened in the first with runners in scoring position but no runs were allowed until the second inning when Kevin McMenamin led-off the top of the 2nd with a single to right field, moved to second when Landon Prentiss was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on a sacrifice by Walker Haymaker, and scored on a wild pitch.
The Rebels managed to plate three more in the third inning after Dylan Nelson walked two in a row and hit Ryan Messina by a pitch to load the bases. Another wild pitch allowed Nick Lustrino to score shortly after. Ryan Messina and Landon Prentiss were brought home after Haymaker singled to right field.
The Rapids were looking to match the Rebel efforts in the bottom of the 5th off two New Market errors. Ryan Perkins singled to lead off the inning for the Rapids and advanced to second on a passed ball. Cooper walks Aaron Nardone and a single by Brandon Johnson allows Perkins to cross the plate. The Rebels give up one more run on a single by Brandon Johnson before Ryan Easterday comes in to pitch for the Rebels with 1 out. An error on Nick Lustrino allows one more Rockbridge run before the Rebels close out the 5th inning leading 4-3.
The Rebels increase their lead after Mark Stuckey hits a solo homerun over the left field fence off Jack Christensen. A double by Ryan Messina leads off the 7th and he is able to score on a sacrifice by Prentiss. The Rebels also grab a run in the 8th off a pair of hits and another sacrifice. They get their last run in the top of the 9th after a base hit by Landon Prentiss. Prentiss manages to steal second and then cross the plate after a dropped ball by the Rapid’s first baseman. The Rebels took an 8-3 lead going into the bottom of the 9th.
Rockbridge threatens in the final inning and Sean Rutherford comes into pitch for New Market. The Rapids plate one more on a single by Noah Blackhurst. Rockbridge can’t quite come up with the rally and leave runners on 1st and 3rd to end the game. The Rebels kick off their 2013 with an 8-4 win and face Harrisonburg Saturday evening for their home opener. Game time is 7:30.
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