CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Merry Christmas, Tom Sox fans! Whoever said the holidays only come once a year, we disagree. The Charlottesville Tom Sox celebrated their first annual ‘Christmas in July’ tonight and lost 5-3 against the Staunton Braves after just snapping their four-game losing streak on Wednesday night.
The ‘Sox put themselves in an early hole to start. Staunton put up three runs in the first two innings, the third being a solo shot to left. The Tom Sox came alive in the third off the bat of Satchell Norman (Florida Southwestern), knocking in one in response and leaving the inning down 1-3.
It seemed like everyone was in the ‘giving mood’ at Charlottesville High School, and it was infectious for the ‘Sox. They were the gift that kept on giving as the Braves scored another run in the fifth. After looking at the scoreboard, however, the Tom Sox felt a bit left out. They made sure they got their fair share of the presents in the form of a home-run ball from Carter Cunningham (East Carolina) that was wrapped up and sent to the bride and groom of a rehearsal dinner occurring in the outfield tent. They’ll be thanking us later.
Defense was the news of the middle of the game, but Staunton broke the game’s scoreless streak in the eighth with an insurance run to swell their lead to 5-3. Charlottesville was unable to respond, leaving the present count swayed in Staunton’s favor. Hopefully it doesn’t put the ‘Sox on the naughty list.
The Tom Sox wrap up their homestand tomorrow, July 2, for First Responder’s Night against the Covington Lumberjacks. First pitch will be thrown at 7 P.M., with free admission sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust.
Charlottesville has lost five of their last six games and is 5-5 in their last ten.
The Tom Sox were errorless for the fourth straight game.
The ‘Sox have scored more than two runs in only two of their last eight games. They have not scored in double-digits during that span.
Charlottesville pitchers struck out 14 batters, their second straight game with 14+.
Cole Wagner (Georgia) extended his on-base streak to 12 games, tied for the longest by any player this season.
The opponent has scored first in seven of the last eight games.