In a 15-2 route of the Virginia Blue Devils, the Proctor Rails secured their first victory of the 2019 season. Due to weather limitations and field conditions, the team had not played a game in over a week, but their bats came out of slumber quickly, with the help of 14 walks issued by Virginia pitching. This is the second season in a row that the Rails have drawn 14 walks against the Blue Devils.
The Rails, playing as visitors at their home ballpark due to field conditions in Virginia, started off the game with two runs in the top of the first. Ryan Lear led off the game with a walk and came around to score on a wild pitch with one out. One batter later, Cole Johnson notched his first RBI of the season on a fielder's choice to short.
But it was in the second inning that Proctor really ran up the score, with some help from the most haunting of pitchers' companions, the walk. The Rails scored 7 runs in the inning without a single hit. Only one ball was actually put in play in the entire inning, a Nolan McLeod bunt that ended up in a Virginia error. Other than that, the Rails reached base nine times via the walk, and all their outs were the strikeout variety. Austin Parrott, Cole Johnson, Chris Preston, Mason Fluck, and McLeod were able to ride the merry-go-round to notch easy RBIs, and at the end of the second, the Rails had amassed a 9-0 lead.
In the third, Proctor's bats finally came to life. Center fielder Ben Harnell hit his first career varsity home run, a laser over the left field fence, to lead off the inning. Two batters later, Cole Johnson collected his first hit of the season, a hustle double to left, and he came around to score thanks to a Virginia error with Preston at the plate. Preston himself would score one out later, on a base hit to left by Flick. Insurance runs were added in the fourth, thanks to a Matt Johnson RBI triple and Cole Johnson RBI single, and pinch hitter Cole Fugere batted in Zach Gunderson with a fifth inning single to end the scoring for the Rails.
On the other side of the ball, the Blue Devils were completely stimied by Rails starter Mason Flick, who went four innings without giving up a run. He struck out six, and only gave up two hits and a walk for his first win of the season. Flick is now 1-1.