Tom Sox Denied Fifth Straight Win on Walk-Off Walk
By: Zach Hamilton
The Tom Sox were denied their fifth straight win in extra innings on Monday night at Purcellville, as the Cannons claimed a 5-4 victory on a walk-off walk. In a game that had a combined twenty-two runners left on base, it was the long ball that kept the Cannons around. Zac Ching, Dom D’Alessandro, Anthony Lazar, and Nick Diponzio each drove in a run for the Tom Sox, while Patrick McColl extended his hitting streak to six games. For Purcellville, Shaggy Freeland and Troy Weatherly slugged the big blows of the contest for the Cannons.
The ballgame started off with a lot of missed opportunities for both teams, as both teams left the bases loaded in their respective half of the first inning. In the top of the first, the Tom Sox got to Purcellville’s starter, Dalton Whitaker, with a lead-off single by Cole Vann. Dom D’Alessandro walked and Anthony Lazar picked up an infield single to load the bases, but Whitaker was able to get Diponzio to pop out to end the threat. In the bottom of the first, back-to-back walks and single by Christian Gambedian loaded the bases for the Cannons. However, Charlottesville starter, Sean McCracken was able to get Troy Weatherly to strikeout to end the inning.
Purcellville jumped on the board at Fireman’s Field first in the bottom of the second on an RBI-double by Kenny Oyama that scored Kyle Hayes. That would be the lone run that McCracken would give up on the night, however, the right-hander was only able to go three innings due to a high pitch count. In the top of the third, the Tom Sox were able load the bases on a hit-by-pitch, walk, and single with no outs. D’Alessandro tied the ballgame on a sac-fly to left field. Anthony Lazar was able to draw a walk to reload the bases for Diponzio. Diponzio hit a grounder towards first base, but the first baseman slipped on the wet grass and everyone was safe, which allowed the go-ahead run to score. Max Bazin then came to the plate and hit into a fielder’s choice, which scored the third run of the inning for the Tom Sox.
Charlottesville made a call to the bullpen in the fourth inning and brought on Bryce Bowen. Bowen gave a clean fourth inning for the Tom Sox but ran into trouble in the fifth. The left-hander left a pitch over the plate and Shaggy Freeland drove it into the trees in right field to make it a 3-2 ballgame. The next batter, Sergio Lopez reached base on a walk. After a single and double steal, Lopez scampered home on a wild pitch by Bowen. The Tom Sox answered right back to regain the lead in the top of the sixth. Will Allocca drew a walk with one out and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Shortstop, Zac Ching came up with the big RBI-single to put the Tom Sox ahead 4-3.
Cody Maw relieved Bowen to begin the sixth inning for Charlottesville, but just like Bowen, he left a pitch over the plate and Troy Weatherly made him pay. His homerun to right tied the ballgame up at 4-4. Maw, like his counterpart, Vinny Adams were able to settle in and give their respective teams a chance to win. Neither team could get a runner on in the late innings with the exception of a Kenny Oyama double for the Cannons.
After a three up, three down top of the tenth, Jared Wetherbee came on for his first appearance of the summer. Wetherbee struck out the first batter of the inning, but then walked the next three batters that came to the plate to load the bases with just one out. Centerfielder Kenny Oyama battled back in his at-bat to make it a full count and the next pitch from Wetherbee went high to walk in the game winning run.
Wetherbee picked up the loss, while Anthony Zimmerman, who pitched the three up, three down tenth picked up the win. The Tom Sox return home on Tuesday night to host the Woodstock River Bandits. First pitch from C-Ville Weekly Ballpark is set for 7pm. Meanwhile, the Cannons will remain at Fireman’s Field to host the Strasburg Express at 7pm on Tuesday.