Charlottesville Drops Battle of the Top Teams to Covington, 4-1
By: Zach Hamilton
Friday night showcased a battle of the top two teams out of the South Division in Charlottesville. The Covington Lumberjacks (15-5) got the better of the Tom Sox (12-6) in a 4-1 decision that puts the Lumberjacks in the driver’s seat in the South. Patrick McColl drove in the lone runs of the ballgame for Charlottesville on a double in the eighth inning. On the rubber, reliever Jared Wetherbee dazzled with four strikeouts and no hits over two innings against Covington.
In the battle of the heavy-weights, Charlottesville handed the ball to 2017 VBL All-Star Sean McCracken, who completed a three-up, three-down inning with the help of a double-play. McCracken’s counterpart, Kaven Brown began his outing in similar fashion after Zac Ching led-off the first frame with a double, but was erased on a double-play. In the second inning, both teams had two runners on but stranded them at bay.
With the starters settling in, neither side could cash-in until the fourth. Peter Battaglia was hit by a pitch with only one out in the top half. The next batter, Trevor Rogers, got a fastball that he turned around and deposited his second home run of the season against the Tom Sox in to the woods in rightfield to make it 2-0. The Lumberjacks were able to keep the line moving after the homerun when Bennet Hostetler singled and then scored on a RBI-single by J.C. Santos to increase the margin to 3-0.
Brown was cruising along for Covington and Charlottesville made a call to the bullpen, bringing on Bryce Bowen for the fifth inning. After Bowen struck out the first batter of the inning, reigning VBL Player-of-the-Week, J.D. Mundy sent a high drive to leftfield that cleared the fence for his tenth homerun of the season. For the sixth inning, Jared Wetherbee came on in relief of Bowen and struck out four while no-hitting the Lumberjacks for two innings.
The Tom Sox tried to help McCracken off the hook in the eighth when Anthony Lazar reached first safely on an error by the Covington shortstop with two outs. Charlottesville’s leading hitter, Patrick McColl stepped to the plate and doubled home Lazar to close the lead to 4-1. Lumberjack’s closer, Jordyn Eglite came one and set the Tom Sox down in order in the ninth to preserve the lead for Covington. Antonio Menendez closed out the final two innings for Charlottesville while striking out four.
Kaven Brown threw 114 pitches over 7 2/3 innings of work to pick up the win. He moves to 3-0 on the season after his eight-strikeout performance. Sean McCracken could not escape the hook in the contest and took his first loss of the season. Covington’s Eglite earned his second save of the summer on Friday night as the Lumberjacks move to 3-0 against the Tom Sox on the season. Charlottesville will pack up and head on the road to Harrisonburg for a Saturday night showdown at 7:30pm. Meanwhile, Covington will enjoy a day off before heading to New Market on Sunday for a 7:30pm first pitch.
|June 29, 2018||7:00 pm||Valley League Summer||2018|
|1400 Melbourne Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901, USA|
|Charlottesville Tom Sox||1||Loss|