Tom Sox Close 2018 Season with 8-5 Loss at New Market
By: Zach Hamilton
Tom Sox fall short in game two at New Market as the Rebels won the Valley Baseball League Championship 8-5. Jake Hershman provided 3 and 2/3 innings of solid relief and Nick Bellafronto crushed a three-run homerun at the plate. Charlottesville falls in the championship series one season after winning the trophy at C-Ville Weekly Ballpark. New Market wins the Valley League Championship for the first time since 2002.
New Market starter, Nicholas Cottone got off to a quick start in the top of the first retiring the Tom Sox with easy. The Rebels kept the momentum rolling from game one by scoring a run in the first inning. Kobe Lopez led off with a single against starter Hunter Gregory. He later scored the game’s opening run on Chase Suddeth’s RBI-single. Charlottesville allowed another leadoff single in the second inning and New Market converted it into a 2-0 lead off of a wild pitch from Gregory. On the play at the plate, the right-hander fell awkwardly and had to be replaced by Jake Hershman on the mound.
In his second at-bat of the night for Zac Ching, he picked up the first hit of the night to begin the third inning. Patrick McColl singled to shortstop and a throwing error by Lopez allowed Ching to cut the lead in half. Hershman locked in and quieted the Rebels by throwing over two innings of no-hit ball. Meanwhile, the Tom Sox exploded for four runs in the fourth inning. Nick Oar and David Angstadt had back-to-back singles to the start the frame. After a walk to Jack Morris, Oar touched home on a wild pitch. Nick Bellafronto then wasted no time turning around a pitch from Cottone for a three-run homerun to take a 5-2.
Matthew Mercer was called on by the Rebels to relieve Cottone and he ended the inning for New Market. The Rebels were able to decrease the margin to two on a successful safety squeeze in the fifth. Cristian De Guzman produced another RBI for New Market in the sixth making it a 5-4 advantage. Peyton Millirons was the third pitcher for the Rebels and he made easy work of the Tom Sox by striking out eight batters over three innings.
Antonio Menendez appeared out of the pen for Charlottesville but a single and back-to-back walks for the Rebels set up the championship winning grand slam off the bat of Adan Fernandez pushed the final score to 8-5 New Market. The win was given to Peyton Millirons of the Rebels and the loss was handed to Antonio Menendez.
Charlottesville falls in the championship series one season after winning the trophy at C-Ville Weekly Ballpark. New Market wins the Valley League Championship for the first time since 2002.
|August 7, 2018||7:30 pm||Valley League Summer||2018|
|9186 John Sevier Road, New Market, VA 22844, USA|
|Charlottesville Tom Sox||5||Loss|
|New Market Rebels||8||Win|