Charlottesville Takes Advantage of Walks and a Big Inning in Win Over Harrisonburg
By: Zach Hamilton
Charlottesville (7-2) took advantage of twelve walks and a big fourth inning to beat the Harrisonburg Turks (5-4) 11-4 on Thursday night. With the win, Charlottesville (7-2) created separation between themselves and the rest of the South Division. The Tom Sox continued their undefeated streak at home this season at 5-0 and have not lost at C-Ville Weekly Ballpark since July 15th, 2017. Seven Tom Sox scored at least one run and five different batters combined for ten RBI. Both Patrick McColl and Zac Ching extended their hitting streak to nine and seven games respectively in the win.
After returning to C-Ville Weekly Ballpark following a 6-1 win on Wednesday night, the Tom Sox turned to right-handed pitcher Kyle Nicolas for the start on Thursday night. Nicolas had no problem with the Turk’s lineup in the first; where he set them down in order. Charlottesville got the scoring started in the bottom of the first. Centerfielder Jack Morris led-off the inning with a walk and came all the way around to score on a Patrick McColl double to right field.
With a 1-0 advantage, Nicolas settled in on the mound and gave up just one hit over the next three innings. In the top of the fourth, Harrisonburg looked poised to score with the only hit at that point in the game, a double by Austin Embler. However, catcher Jake Allen eliminated Embler from the base paths when he tried to steal third base.
The command for Turks starter Joseph Mannelly disappeared in the bottom of the fourth. The left-hander gave up two, one-out walks to put two runners on for Jalen Harrison. Harrison flew out for the second out of the inning, but that’s when it started to go downhill for Harrisonburg. Another walk to Max Bazin loaded the bases for Jack Barry, who walked in a run. Now holding a 2-0 advantage, Zac Ching singled to bring in two more runs and double the lead to 4-0. Charlottesville kept the line moving in the inning with a McColl RBI-single and walk by Cole Vann set up a Dom D’Alessandro two-RBI-single to make it 7-0. In total, six runs were plated on just three hits and five walks.
The Turks responded well in the top of the fifth with four runs of their own. A leadoff walk to Brycen Braswell, followed by a strikeout, hit-by-pitch, and single filled the bases for Embler. He poked a single into right field that brought home the first two runs of the night for Harrisonburg. An error and a sac-fly from Brett Whelton brought home the third and fourth runs of the inning for the Turks to crunch the lead to 7-4.
Four straight walks in the fifth by Harrisonburg reliever Kevin Mintz allowed the Tom Sox to tack on two more tallies for insurance. Cameron Weinberger came on in relief of Nicolas, who finished with four and one-third innings and only three hits. Weinberger shut down the Turks bats over three and two-thirds innings and gave up no hits to Harrisonburg. Meanwhile, Charlottesville struck again in the seventh by adding two more runs on an error and a McColl RBI-groundout to get to the final score of 11-4. Antonio Menendez came on to close it out in the ninth for the Tom Sox and did so in three-up, three-down fashion. Six Harrisonburg pitchers combined for 223 pitches, thirteen full-counts, and twelve walks on the night.
Weinberger picked up his second with of the season in as many outings, while the loss was awarded to Turk’s starter, Joseph Mannelly, who is now 0-2 on the season. After an off-day on Friday, the Tom Sox will return to action on Saturday night, as they travel to the Covington Lumberjacks, who are currently in second place in the South Division. Harrisonburg will return home to host Staunton at 7:30pm on Friday night.
Zach Hamilton is a rising Senior at George Mason University and sports broadcaster interning with the Tom Sox this summer.
|June 14, 2018||7:00 pm||Valley League Summer||2018|
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