Red-Hot Sox Set to Travel to Staunton

The Charlottesville Tom Sox (5-1) will face the Staunton Braves (4-4) tonight at John Moxie Stadium. First pitch is set for 7:30 P.M.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Charlottesville Tom Sox (5-1) will face the Staunton Braves (4-4) tonight at John Moxie Stadium. First pitch is set for 7:30 P.M.

 

Coverage: A live audio stream is available here to listen to tonight’s game. A link to the live stats is available on Pointstreak. The Tom Sox Twitter account (@CvilleTomSoxVBL) will provide live updates.

 

Ticket Information: Tickets for tonight’s game can be purchased at the gate. Free tickets are available at Consumer’s Auto Warehouse, Staley Insurance, and RideShare in Staunton.

 

PROBABLE STARTERS

Charlottesville: RHP Jacob Haney – William & Mary (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 1 BB, 5 K)

Staunton: RHP Jalon Long – Samford

 

LEADING OFF

  • Charlottesville travels over the mountain to play in Staunton for the first time.

  • Yesterday’s doubleheader went 1.5 innings before being postponed due to rain.

  • Entering this current stretch, the Tom Sox are scheduled to play 13 games in 11 days, including two doubleheaders. The next scheduled off day is June 23.

  • This will be the third meeting between the Tom Sox and Braves over the last seven days.

  • Makenzie Pate leads the VBL in batting average (.438), is T-3rd in hits (7) and has sole possession of 2nd in stolen bases (6).

  • Charlottesville ranks second in the league in ERA (2.49), and leads among teams who have played four or more games.

 

SERIES vs STAUNTON

  • Charlottesville has won 7 of the last 10 against the Braves, including both games this season.

  • Charlottesville is 3-2 in their last 5 games at John Moxie Stadium.

  • 9 of the last 10 meetings at Moxie have been decided by three or more runs – dating back to July of 2017.

  • In the two meetings this season, there have been 24 combined free passes.

 

LAST TIME OUT

  • Charlottesville defeated the Turks in an up-and-down game highlighted by offense, 8-5.

  • Every ‘Sox starter reached base and 7 of the 9 recorded a hit.

  • Ryan Dyal led the team with three RBI, while Makenzie Pate and Gehrig Ebel added two apiece.

  • Charlottesville stole five bases, tied for second-most in team history.

  • Trace Bright was strong on the mound, tossing 3.2 scoreless innings and allowing just one hit, striking out six.

  • ‘Sox pitching allowed their first home run on the season, a 3-run shot to Conor Hartigan in the 5th.

 

SCOUTING THE BRAVES

  • Staunton has won one game since the first meeting between these two teams, and now sits at 4-4 overall.

  • The Braves split a doubleheader with the Cannons yesterday.

  • The Staunton offense has cooled off recently, falling to a .222 team average. However, the Braves have 46 walks on the season.

  • Bren Taylor leads the Braves offensively, and is their only hitter over .300 (.375).

  • The Braves’ 5.59 team ERA ranks 7th in the VBL.

 

PATE RAKES

  • Makenzie Pate has begun his season flaming hot, batting .438 and reaching base 59% of the time.

  • Pate leads the ‘Sox in batting average, hits (7), runs (6), doubles (3), total bases (10), stolen bases (6), slugging percentage (.625), and on-base percentage (.591).

  • He is tied for second in team history with three stolen bags in the second game against Woodstock (6/6).

  • Pate leads the Valley League in batting average.

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