The Charlottesville Tom Sox forced a deciding championship game, taking their road matchup 11-5 at Strasburg.
Charlottesville started Justin Sorokowski (4-1 including postseason) and still had four All-VBL hurlers with remaining playoff pitch counts, while Strasburg countered with first team All-Leaguer Zach Peek.
It was the visiting Tom Sox who jumped all over Peek however with five runs in the second.
Haiden Lamb singled in Ari Sechopoulos, and Jack Barry doubled in two more runs. After an Express error on what should have been a forceout to third, Barry came home and Bryce Windham scored on a Vinnie Pasquantino sac fly.
Strasburg ended the fourth still hitless, but did get one back. C’ville rightfielder Kyle Battle threw a strike to home to prevent an apparent sacrifice fly, but the Express then loaded the bases and had one run walk in to make it 5-1.
Sorokowski finally gave up a hit in the fifth inning as Philip Madonna singled. Two more hits followed to load the bases with nobody out. Quaranta came about 15 feet shy of a game-tying grand slam, but did get the sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.
League MVP Michael Wielansky launched a two-run homer in the sixth inning for a 7-2 Tom Sox lead. Two Tylers, Martin and Halas, went back-to-back in the bottom half for Strasburg to make it a three-run game again.
Charlottesville added two insurance runs in the eighth, on a two-RBI double by Pasquantino.
Wielansky finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored, and is now 8-for-10 in the championship series. Pasquantino was 2-for-5 with three runs batted in.
The 2017 Valley League championship will be decided tomorrow night in Charlottesville, resulting in either a three-peat for Strasburg or a first title for the Tom Sox. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
|August 6, 2017||7:00 pm||Valley League Summer||2017|
|Stickley Loop, Strasburg, VA 22657, USA|