Tom Sox Blanked By Lumberjacks, 7-0
The Charlottesville Tom Sox were shut out for the first time in over two years in Covington on Saturday night as the Tom Sox (9-4) were blanked by the Lumberjacks (10-4), 7-0.
It only took the Lumberjacks until the bottom of the second inning to get on the scoreboard. The Tom Sox got two outs early in the frame, one in a quick barehanded throw to first by starting pitcher Tim Miller, but couldn’t get a third before Covington’s Christian Del Castillo knocked in an RBI single to give the Lumberjacks a 1-0 lead. Things then began to unravel for the Tom Sox as Noah Bridges stepped up to the plate. The next pitch thudded into the dirt at Bridges’ feet; he beckoned his teammate home on the wild pitch before connecting for an RBI double of his own, bringing the score to 3-0 before the Tom Sox could force the final out.
Alex Mardiney picked up Charlottesville’s first hit of the night in the next frame. But despite that single in the third, as well as stranding pairs of runners in both the fourth and fifth innings, the Tom Sox couldn’t get a man home. Meanwhile, the Lumberjacks continued to build onto their lead, adding a run in the bottom of the sixth to make it a four-run deficit for the visiting team.
Covington put the game away in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases after a lead-off double and bringing runners home on a sacrifice fly and a failed pick-off to extend their lead to 6-0. The Lumberjacks capped off the night with one more tally in the bottom of the eighth, making the final score 7-0.
Mardiney’s lead-off performance was a highlight for the Tom Sox on a night where Charlottesville’s bats couldn’t keep up with the Lumberjacks’ tight pitching. In his second appearance with the team, Mardiney put up two of the three Charlottesville hits on the night, as well as made a diving defensive play to close out a tense fourth inning. Max Bazin was the other Charlottesville batter to connect for a hit.
The 7-0 loss marks the first time the Tom Sox have been held off the scoreboard since a 2-0 loss to the Harrisonburg Turks on June 19, 2016. Charlottesville will look to regain control of the Valley Baseball League South Division on Sunday, as they take on the Front Royal Cardinals in a 5pm double-header at C-VILLE Weekly Ballpark.