Armstrong’s debut powers win for Bridgewater in RCBL

Turner Ashby baseball coach Andrew Armstrong made his season debut for Bridgewater, pitching five innings and earning the win in the Reds’ 12-4 triumph over Elkton in a Rockingham County Baseball League game Sunday at Ray Heatwole Field.

Armstrong allowed four runs and six hits, but struck out nine batters in his first RCBL appearance since coaching the Knights to a state championship last Saturday.

He allowed three runs on four hits in the first inning before settling in. In that first inning, Armstrong issued a two-out walk to J.J. Loker, before Korey Singh looped a single down the left field line.

Connor Lilly followed with a RBI single and Abe Turner singled before Trent Miller laced a two-run single up the middle for a 3-0 Sox lead.

Armstrong then fanned Jerrick Diehl to escape the jame and only allowed one more run — in the fourth, when Miller smacked a solo home run.

Bridgewater (7-3) responded with three of its own in the bottom half of the first with an RBI double from Corbin Lucas and a two-run homer from Brian Bocock in consecutive at-bats.

Kevin Bocock had four hits, scored four runs and homered for the Reds. Daniel Heatwole added four hits and four RBIs, while Lucas had three hits and a RBI.

Tucker Garrison pithced three scoreless and hitless innings of relief for Bridgewater.

Miller went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the for the Blue Sox (2-7). He hit a two-run single off Armstrong in the first inning and then hit a solo shot in the fourth.

Parker Heinemann allowed eight runs on 14 hits and three walks over 5.2 innings to take the loss on the mound and fall to 0-2 for the Sox. Miller yielded four runs in relief, while Ty Lam tossed a pair of scoreless innings to close out the game for Elkton.

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