Comeback Falls Short as Generals Defeat Tom Sox, 7-6
Despite fighting back from a 6-0 deficit to even the ballgame at 6-6 in the seventh frame, an eighth-inning home run from the Waynesboro Generals’ Bryce Teodosio was the tie-breaker in a July 4 showdown as the Charlottesville Tom Sox (14-8) fell to the Generals (13-12), 7-6.
After a quick first two innings, Waynesboro opened up the third frame with six straight base hits that resulted in five runs scored before starting pitcher Jake Hershman could close out the inning. Relief pitcher Cody Maw took the mound in the top of the fourth, settling the pace of the game and allowing the Tom Sox a chance to regroup, but Charlottesville went down in order to close out the frame and then gave up another run in the top of the fifth to put the home team down 6-0.
Heading into the sixth inning and facing a daunting six-run deficit, Dom D’Alessandro got the comeback started by getting hit with a pitch. The Generals then followed that up with a walk and another hit-by-pitch to load the bases with zero outs on the board for the Tom Sox. That was enough for the Charlottesville comeback to get underway: Alex Mardiney scored a runner on a single, Nick Oar pushed two more home on an error, Jack Morris added to the tally on a sacrifice fly and Anthony Lazar finished with one more RBI single to close out the frame, cutting the Generals’ lead to 6-5. In the seventh, buoyed by three Maw strikeouts in the top of the frame, the Tom Sox completed the comeback with another RBI from Mardiney on a ground out to tie the game, 6-6.
Even though the Tom Sox scored six runs and erased the deficit, they’d left a lot on the table in doing so; throughout those first seven innings, they’d seen nine runners stranded. Those missed opportunities would come back to haunt them in the eighth inning, when Teodosio stepped up to the plate and hit a homer deep past the center fence at C-VILLE Weekly Ballpark, allowing the Generals to retake the lead. Although Maw and closer Antonio Menendez finished the game with two strong innings, the Tom Sox couldn’t find an answer to the tie-breaking home run and would be forced to concede the loss, 7-6.
With this loss, the Tom Sox drop to 14-8 on the season. They are 7-3 all-time against the Generals, with all three losses occurring on July 4 games. Eight of those ten games, including Wednesday night’s loss, have been decided by one run. The Tom Sox will look to bounce back on Thursday as they travel to Winchester to take on the Royals.