Tom Sox Utilize Sixteen Walks to Upend Woodstock 17-6
By: Zach Hamilton
The Charlottesville Tom Sox utilized sixteen walks to upend the Woodstock River Bandits on Tuesday night in a 17-6 victory. The seventeen runs are a new record for the Tom Sox at home at C-Ville Weekly Ballpark, which replaces the old record of thirteen from last week’s win versus New Market. Dom D’Alessandro almost doubled his team-high six RBI’s by driving in five tonight. Patrick McColl went 4-5 with two RBI to extend his hit streak to seven games, while Zac Ching pushed his to six games. Nineteen full-count at-bats led to a total of 229 pitches from the seven combined pitchers for Woodstock in the loss.
Woodstock hopped off the bus and got to work in the top of the first inning against starter Tim Miller. Shortstop Jaxon Passino led-off the ballgame with a single and later scored on an RBI-single by Alex Goebel. The Tom Sox loaded the bases in the bottom of the second in hopes of tying the game, but River Bandits starter, Kevin LaRosa, struck out Bryce Bowen to end the threat. Miller was able to settle down for the second and third inning, where he put Woodstock down in order.
The bottom the third inning turned into a nightmare for the River Bandits that started with back-to-back walks to Jack Morris and Zac Ching. Patrick McColl collected a bunt single to load the bases and Cole Vann tied the ballgame by reaching base on an error. D’Alessandro drove in two more runs on a single and Jack Barry walked before Woodstock could get an out. Jake Allen drove in a run on a fielder’s choice for the first out and then Max Bazin hit a well struck double. He later scored on a two-RBI-double by Bryce Bowen. In total, eleven batters came to the plate and scored seven runs on four hits to take a 7-1 lead.
A response came quickly from Woodstock in the top of the fourth. Connor Slagill drove in a run with an RBI-single and Bryan Nunez got his first hit of the season with an RBI-double to make it a 7-3 game. The offense kept coming in the home half of the inning as McColl and Vann led-off the inning with back-to-back singles. They both came around to score on D’Alessandro’s two-RBI-double to increase the margin to 9-3. Brandon Reitz came on in relief of Miller for Charlottesville in the fifth and Ramon Garza got a high fastball that he sent out to deep left-center for a solo homerun.
The 9-4 score would only last for a few minutes as the Tom Sox pushed into double-digits in the bottom of the fifth. Jack Morris started the inning with a walk and later scored on an RBI-single by Patrick McColl. Woodstock was able to plate two runs in the seventh off of two Charlottesville errors to make it a 10-6 lead. The Tom Sox slammed the door shut in the bottom of the seventh, scoring four more runs. Back-to-back walks and three straight RBI-singles from McColl, Vann, and D’Alessandro highlighted the inning that also had a run score on a wild pitch.
Charlottesville kept their foot on the gas in the eighth, scoring the final two runs of the ballgame to make it a 17-6 victory. Brandon Reitz got his second win of the summer, while both Michael Parsons and Antonio Menendez recorded scoreless innings to finish the ballgame. Kevin LaRosa took the loss and six other pitchers out of the bullpen were needed to get through eight innings on 229 pitches.
Up next for the Tom Sox is a date with the Staunton Braves at Gypsy Hill Park at 7:30pm on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, the River Bandits will return to Central High School to host the Lumberjacks of Covington at 7pm on Wednesday night.