Charlottesville Continues to Roll at Home; Defeat Generals 8-4
By: Zach Hamilton
The Charlottesville Tom Sox turned an early 3-0 deficit into their 7th-straight home win to begin 2018. The 8-4 victory for the Tom Sox (10-4) over Waynesboro (7-9) featured contributions from everyone in the lineup. Eight of ten Tom Sox batters reached base and six of them touched home on the night. Rightfielder Nick DiPonzio led the way for Charlottesville at the plate with a 2-for-2 night featuring a two-RBI-double and a triple. Reliever Cameron Weinberger gave up only up one hit over 3 2/3 innings to get the win.
Justin Sorokowski got the ball for Head Coach Corey Hunt and he blew through the first inning on two strikeouts and a weak groundball. Waynesboro’s starter, Nathan Schneider also struck out two in the first inning, while working around a two-out error. General’s cleanup hitter, Andrew Orzel, led-off the top of the second with a single to centerfield. Alex Brait followed that up with a double to put runners on the corners with no outs. Sorokowski induced a pop out for the first out, but a sac-fly by Jackson Webb gave Waynesboro their first run of the contest.
Charlottesville stranded DiPonzio on second base after a walk in the bottom of the second and that left the door wide open for the Generals. Gabe Montenegro got the third started with a bang with a double to left and Chase Cheek doubled him home on the next pitch to make it 2-0. Tanner Thomas was then able to poke a single through the infield to plate Cheek. The inning took a turn in the Tom Sox’s favor after falling behind 3-0. With Thomas stealing, Tyler Bielamowicz struck out and then obstructed Jake Allen’s throw resulting in the first of three batter’s interference calls on the night.
Sorokowski settled in for the fourth and finished his appearance with four innings, six hits, three runs, and three strikeouts. The Tom Sox offense finally arrived in the fourth inning and chased Schneider from the ballgame. Patrick McColl started the rally with an infield single and then advanced to third on Nick Bellafronto’s double. Brett Centracchio picked up his first hit as a Tom Sox when he drove in both McColl and Bellafronto with a double of his own to make it a 3-2 game. After DiPonzio walked, Nickolas Oar hit into a double–play that brought home Centracchio to even the score at 3-3. Schneider finished with only three innings pitched officially, three hits, three runs, three strikeouts, and two walks.
Fred Villarreal came on in relief in the fourth and limited the damage for Waynesboro. He came back out for the fifth and Charlottesville took advantage of a rough outing by Villarreal. Zac Ching was hit by a pitch with one out and then was joined by McColl and Bellafronto, who walked and was hit by a pitch respectively to load the bases. Centracchio added to his RBI-total with a groundout to give him three for the game and Charlottesville a 4-3 lead. Diponzio followed suit with a two-RBI single to push the margin to 6-3 after five innings.
Both teams suddenly saw their offense disappear thanks to solid relief performances from Tom Sox, Cameron Weinberger and General, Alex Harper-Cook. Waynesboro mounted a rally in the eighth off of three straight, two-out singles against new arm Cody Maw. Webb picked up his second RBI on the night with the third single to make it a 6-4 ballgame. With the Generals still threatening with runners on the corners, Maw got the big strikeout to end the threat. DiPonzio made a splash in the eighth with a one-out-triple to right and scored on an error by the second baseman. Jack Morris then walked and later scored on a balk by reliever Gio Soto to make it the final of 8-4.
Weinberger picked up his third win of the season for Charlottesville, while Fred Villarreal was handed his first loss of the summer. The Tom Sox will remain home and host the New Market Rebels at C-Ville Weekly Ballpark on Tuesday night at 7pm. Waynesboro returns home to Kate Collins Field to host Harrisonburg at 7pm on Tuesday.