Tom Sox Upend Lumberjacks 11-1, to Take Back Lead in the South Division
By: Zach Hamilton
Charlottesville (15-9) takes back first place in the South Division after an 11-1 upending of the Covington Lumberjacks (15-10) on Friday night. Pitching shined under the lights for the Tom Sox as the three arms combined to give up just two hits. At the plate, Anthony Lazar came up just a homerun shy of hitting for the cycle and Dom D’Alessandro drove in four more runs to give him 32 RBI on the summer. Patrick McColl also extended his hit streak to nine games after pinch hitting in the seventh inning and Nick Bellafronto added four RBI including a three-run homerun.
Head Coach Corey Hunt gave left-hander Evan Justice the start on the mound and he got off to a quick start. Justice struck out two in the first inning while Charlottesville’s bats got to Covington’s starter Tyler Burnham early. In the bottom of the first inning Alex Mardiney walked and advanced to second on a single by D’Alessandro. With two runners on, Nick Bellafronto split the gap and brought home Mardiney. Anthony Lazar stepped to the plate with a 1-0 lead and doubled the opposite way to score two more runs.
Going back to work with a 3-0 lead, Justice struck out two more in the second inning. J.C. Santos led off the third inning for the Lumberjacks and he provide almost the entire offense with one swing of the bat. The left-hander jumped on a fastball and deposited it into the trees beyond rightfield. Burnham was able to settle down after the long first inning and finished with five solid innings, while giving up three runs on three hits along with seven strikeouts. Meanwhile, Justice went just four innings and gave up one run on one hit and struck out six Lumberjacks.
In what looked to be a low scoring affair, Charlottesville exploded at the plate in the seventh. Ten batter stepped to the plate beginning with a pinch-hit single by Patrick McColl. Two errors by shortstop Bennet Hostetler set up D’Alessandro with the bases loaded and chance to add to his RBI total. The George Washington product did not mess around and launched a double that cleared the bases to make it 6-1. He then later came around to score on the second double of the night for Bellafronto.
Hunter Gregory came on in relief of Justice for the Tom Sox and shut down the Covington offense. The right-hander gave up just one hit over four innings of work and stuck out a pair of batters. The Tom Sox added four more insurance runs in the eighth off of a RBI-single by D’Alessandro and a three-run homerun by Bellafronto. Jared Wetherbee came on and closed the ballgame for Charlottesville pitching one inning and striking out one of the four batters he faced to reach the 11-1 final score.
Both D’Alessandro and Bellafronto end the night with four runs batted in, while Lazar contributed three hits to the offensive barrage. Gregory (1-1) earned his first win of the summer in relief and Tyler Burnham falls to 1-3 on the season. Charlottesville will wrap up the first half before the All-Star game tomorrow night on the road at Harrisonburg at 7:30pm. Covington will travel to Staunton tomorrow night at 7:30pm.
|July 6, 2018||7:00 pm||Valley League Summer||2018|
|1400 Melbourne Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901, USA|
|Charlottesville Tom Sox||11||Win|