BRIDGEWATER — Fort Defiance alum Derek Shifflett pitched all five innings, giving up no runs and no hits while walking three and striking out four as Bridgewater earned a 2-0 win over Stuarts Draft in a rain-shortened Rockingham County Baseball League game at Ray Heatwole Field.
Shifflett also went 2-for-2 at the plate for the Reds (3-5) while Will Clift had a solo home run and Brett Tharp also had a hit.
For the Diamondbacks (3-5), Parker Heinemann pitched three innings, giving up one run on three hits and five walks while striking out three. Jacob Matheney then tossed the final two innings in relief, giving up one run on one hit while picking up a pair of strikeouts.
In other local sports Monday:
RCBL All-Star Rosters Announced
HARRISONBURG — Stuarts Draft and Montezuma led the way with eight selections each as the Rockingham County Baseball League announced the rosters for its 2019 All-Star Game on Monday.
The game, which will take place on June 22 at Ray Heatwole Field in Bridgewater, will still be played with an East vs. West format despite the league eliminating divisions this season.
Draft’s Patrick Lover (third baseman), Will Haas (shortstop) and Cody Bartley (pitcher) are all starters for the East team along with Elkton’s Conner Houser (first baseman) and Christian Rodriguez (designated hitter), Grottoes’ Jacob Merica (outfielder) and Dylan Nicely (catcher), New Market’s Nate Jaye (second baseman) and Nick Goode (outfielder) and Elkton’s JJ Loker (outfielder).
The starters for the West, meanwhile, are Clover Hill’s Blake Sipe (outfielder), Drew Easter (outfielder) and Josh Eberly (designated hitter), Bridgewater’s Kyle Eagle (catcher) and Corbin Lucas (outfielder), Broadway’s Danny Grogg (first baseman) and Tyler Custer (pitcher) and Montezuma’s Gavin Rush (second baseman), Luke Paczewski (third baseman) and Brandon Lambert (shortstop).
The reserves for the East are Grottoes’ George Killian, Ty Lam, Eli Lam, Lucas Knight and Ty Hevener, Elkton’s Will Craig, Matthew Plotner and Mack Rexrode, New Market’s Ty Bennett, Pearce Bucher and Ryan Houchens, and Draft’s Liam Kehoe, Chandis Goff, Jack Pausic, Tyler Wilcher and Taz Miller.
As for the West, Broadway’s John Judy, Hank Strawderman, Brady Duff, Matt Meiser and Tyler Ault, Clover Hill’s Waring Garber, Matt Larson and Tanner Moyers, Bridgewater’s Derek Shifflett, Tucker Garrison and Brett Tharp, and Montezuma’s Keegan Oliver, Scott Reid, PJ Hanisak, Alex Markopolous and Owen Stewart round out the roster.
Also taking place prior to the game will be the RCBL Home Run Derby, featuring Nicely, Loker, Bucher, Grogg, Moyers, Lucas and Hanisak.
The derby will begin at 5 p.m. in Bridgewater with first pitch in the game scheduled to be tossed at 7:45 p.m.
Swartzentruber Hired As EMU Golf Coach
HARRISONBURG — Eastern Mennonite University announced the hiring of Andre Swartzentruber as the new school’s new head golf coach on Monday.
Swartzentruber, a 2009 Spotswood graduate and EMU alum, has served as the Trailblazers’ golf coach for the past five years and was an all-district player at SHS during his senior season.
While at EMU, Swartzentruber helped start the EMU golf program and now will become the third coach for the Royals entering the eighth season in program history.
“My time at EMU was and always will be a special time in my life,” Swartzentruber said in a statement. “Getting the opportunity to give back to that community that shaped me as a young adult is an exciting one that I am really looking forward to. I hope I can be a positive influence and develop young men and women as golfers but also as fine human beings in today’s society.”
Three Local Teams In Rock The Ribbon Roundball Shootout
HARRISONBURG — Three city/county teams were announced part of the field for the 2020 Rock The Ribbon Roundball Shootout at Rockbridge County High School.
The event, which will take place on Jan. 10 and 11 at RCHS and raises money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, will feature the Harrisonburg, East Rockingham and Spotswood boys teams.
The Blue Streaks will take on Stuarts Draft in the opener on Friday at 5 p.m. while the Trailblazers will face Handley at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday with the Eagles taking on Northside immediately after.
The event will feature 11 total games — the most in it seven-year existence — and will also include the Rockbridge County boys and girls teams, the Stuarts Draft girls and the Staunton boys.
— DN-R Sports Desk