2017 VBL Champions – NewsPlex Report

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX – Video) In a season where offense was so often the answer, the Tom Sox recorded just six hits in the final game of the Valley League championship series against Strasburg. But that was enough, as the Tom Sox claimed their first Valley League title 2-1 Tuesday night.

Michael DeRenzi hit an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to drive in Michael Wielansky, who fittingly scored the winning run.

Defense was not as sharp as it has been at times this season, with five errors between the teams.

The Express scored first, in the third, when Brandon Quaranta came home on an RBI single by Jake Perry.

The Tom Sox didn’t take long to answer in the bottom of the fourth, Kyle Battle was able to score on an error by the Express. Hayden Lamb hit a sharp grounder to third, whose throw was on line. But the first baseman dropped the ball to tie the game at 1-1.

With Charlottesville’s win, the Tom Sox snap Strasburg’s reign as two-time defending Valley League champions. This is the first championship in the Tom Sox three-year history.