Royals lose late lead, fall to New Market on road
NEW MARKET -- The Royals, although holding a slight 7-5 edge after seven innings, allowed five runs to cross the plate in the eighth and fell to the New Market Rebels at Rebels Park on Thursday night, 10-8.
It was a punch for punch type game from the outset, as New Market immediately pounced on Royals starter Christian Negron for four runs in his first couple innings. Justin King slugged a two-run home run in the first while Marc Coffers added with a sacrifice fly later in the inning. An inning later, Andrew Eyster poked an RBI single to give New Market a 4-0 advantage.
The Royals answered in the ensuing frame when Chadwick Feely drew a bases loaded walk to plate the visitors' first run. In the fourth, with a couple runners on base, Julio Creazolla hit a single to score Zion Pettigrew and cut the deficit to 4-2. Aaron Palensky brought in Trenton Burgreen with a single in the next at-bat to make it a one-run game.
New Market put their first two runners on base to start their half of the fourth, via single and error, respectively. That signaled the end of Negron's outing, as he went three plus innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits.
Eyster extended the lead to 5-3 with a sac fly later in the inning. In the fifth, Winchester pushed across three runs to take their first lead of the ball game. Chad Feely scored on a passed ball, while Will Welsh came around on an RBI single from Ray Gil. Gil was able to score just before Creozolla got caught in a pickle between first and second to give the Royals a 6-5 lead.
Sidwell pitched three scoreless innings from the bullpen, while the offense added an insurance run with a RBI ground out from Burgreen.
In the eighth, the Rebels took the lead for good by putting up a five spot. Jake Posey lasted three batters and allowed a run to score before being replaced by Bryan Whitacre. Whitacre entered with runners on first and third with none out, and New Market tied the game with a safety squeeze to bring in the runner from third.
After issuing a walk to Chase Sudduth, Eyster laced a double to give the Rebels the lead, 8-7. Later in the inning, King hit a single to score a pair and open a 10-7 advantage. Although, plating a run in the ninth, three runs was too much to overcome as the Royals fell 10-8.
Winchester returns to Bridgeforth to host the Woodstock River Bandits in a double header. First game is at 5 p.m. while the night cap starts at 7 p.m.