Scorching Hot Tom Sox Host Turks Tonight

The Charlottesville Tom Sox (28-9), winners of 17 of their last 20, will face the Harrisonburg Turks (18-18) for their final regular season meeting at Charlottesville High School. It will be broadcast live on the Tom Sox Facebook page & Tom Sox TV. First pitch is set for 7 P.M.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Charlottesville Tom Sox (28-9), winners of 17 of their last 20, will face the Harrisonburg Turks (18-18) for their final regular season meeting at Charlottesville High School. It will be broadcast live on the Tom Sox Facebook page & Tom Sox TV. First pitch is set for 7 P.M.

 

Coverage: Viewers can head to the Tom Sox Facebook Page or Tom Sox TV to watch 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: Admission to all Tom Sox games in 2021 is free, courtesy of Carter Bank & Trust. Parking is available at a first-come, first-served basis in the CHS upper, lower, and student lots.

 

PROBABLE STARTERS

Harrisonburg: TBA

Charlottesville: RHP Garrett Payne – NC State (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K)

 

LEADING OFF

  • The Tom Sox and Turks will meet for the eighth and final time in the regular season.

  • Charlottesville has clinched the South Division regular season title and will be the division’s 1-seed in the playoffs.

  • The Tom Sox’s 28-9 record is the best in the VBL. They are the only South team over .500.

  • The Tom Sox defeated the Turks Friday by run-rule, winning 11-1 in 8 innings.

  • They swept yesterday’s doubleheader with Front Royal, winning 7-2 and 7-1.

  • Charlottesville’s offense has scored 79 runs over the last 8 games.

  • Cole Foster’s games played streak came to an end at 35 yesterday after getting game 1 off.

 

SERIES vs HARRISONBURG

  • The Tom Sox took the all-time series lead for the first time against the Turks with their win Friday.

  • Charlottesville is 6-1 against Harrisonburg this season and 3-0 at home.

  • The ‘Sox’s victory Friday was the first by run-rule in the history of the series.

  • 5 of the 7 meetings have been decided by 3 or more runs.

  • Charlottesville is 17-8 against Harrisonburg since the start of the 2017 season.

 

LAST TIME OUT

  • The Tom Sox swept a doubleheader against Front Royal, winning 7-2 in game 1 and 7-1 in game 2.

  • It was Charlottesville’s 4th-straight DH sweep.

  • Front Royal made a combined 8 errors over the 2 games.

  • The ‘Sox scored two in the 1st and five in the 2nd to win game 1. Three of the five 2nd inning runs were courtesy of early-inning free passes.

  • Victor Castillo delivered a 3-run double to break open the game.

  • Charlottesville’s bullpen combined for no runs, 4 hits, and 1 walk in 4 innings.

  • Cole Foster got a game off for the first time this season.

  • Charlottesville scored early and often in game 2, with two in the 1st, 2nd, and 5th plus one in the 4th.

  • Adam Cecere hit a moonshot home run to score the first two.

  • Charlottesville pitching allowed only five hits and one run, striking out five.

 

TEAM TRENDS

  • Over the last 10 games, the Tom Sox are batting .331 with 97 runs, 33 extra-base hits, a .962 OPS, and 67 walks.

  • Since June 25, Charlottesville is 17-3 with a +89 run differential. They have not lost a home game since.

  • Charlottesville has scored double-digit runs in 6 of the last 10 games. They did so in 4 of the previous 27.

  • The ‘Sox offense has scored 7.9 runs/game in wins and 3.8 in losses.

  • 26 of Charlottesville’s 37 games have been decided by 3 or more runs.

  • Three of the six 1-run games have been walk-off wins.

  • The ‘Sox are batting .285 with 2 outs, .290 with runners on base, and .324 with runners in scoring position.

 

PLAYER NOTES

  • Wyatt Langford is currently riding a 14-game on-base streak, the longest on the team. 5 players have had an on-base streak of 10 games or more, but Langford is the first reach base in more than 11-straight games.

  • Langford ranks 6th in the VBL with a .353 BA.

  • The Tom Sox have 6 qualifying batters hitting over .300 in the last 10 games, and 9 total.

  • Over that same span, Garrett Spikes is batting .429 with 7 runs, 3 doubles, 11 RBI, and a 1.040 OPS.

  • Cole Foster’s 36 games played are tied for the 4th-most of any player in the VBL.

  • Gehrig Ebel’s 27 walks are T-2nd in the VBL.

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