Generals Force Tom Sox to Game 3, 12-7
In a three-hour long scoring showdown between the Waynesboro Generals and the Charlottesville Tom Sox on Wednesday night, the Generals stood strong to force a Game 3 in the first-round series with a 12-7 victory.
Like in the last postseason matchup between these two teams, the Generals put a pair on the board right away, scoring on a single by Andrew Orzel to take a 2-0 lead in the first. Meanwhile, the Tom Sox got runners on base in the first two frames but were stymied twice as hits into the glove of the pitcher set up two inning-ending double plays.
In what would turn out to be a nine-run third frame, Zac Ching finally broke through for the Tom Sox, sending a ball clanging off the scoreboard and past the fence to score three runners and give Charlottesville the lead, 3-2. Patrick McColl added on one more with a solo homer to make it 4-2. The Tom Sox then loaded the bases and forced a Waynesboro pitcher change, but weren’t able to get any more runners home, stranding three.
In the bottom of the frame, the Generals joined the scoring frenzy. The Tom Sox made a call to the bullpen and put Jake Hershman on the mound to close out the inning, but the home team’s surge couldn’t be contained: on four hits, a hit-by-pitch and an error, the Generals scored five runs and re-took the lead, 7-4.
The Tom Sox inched towards tying the game as Waynesboro pitching faltered in the top of the fifth frame, handing out two walks and a hit-by-pitch and allowing Nick Oar to send two home on a fielder’s choice, getting Charlottesville within one at 7-6. The visitors looked like they might be able to get even in the top of the sixth as they loaded the bases with no outs as a lead-off double by Ching was followed by a walk and a hit-by-pitch, but a strikeout and a double play got the Generals out of the inning still holding onto the one-run advantage.
Waynesboro extended their lead in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases and then getting them home on a wild pitch and two sacrifice flies to bring the score to 10-6. Alex Mardiney got one back for the Tom Sox with an RBI single in the seventh, but Tyler Bielamowicz receiving his third hit-by-pitch of the game forced in the Generals’ eleventh run before another scored on a flyout, bringing the final score to 12-7.
With the Charlottesville loss, the series is now even at 1-1. The Tom Sox will head back home for a do-or-die Game 3 on Thursday evening at C-VILLE Weekly Ballpark.
|August 1, 2018||7:00 pm||Valley League Summer||2018|
|1625 Ivy Street, Waynesboro, VA 22980, USA|
|Charlottesville Tom Sox||7||Loss|