Six Tom Sox and Head Coach Represent Charlottesville in VBL All-Star Game

The Charlottesville Tom Sox had six players participate in the VBL All-Star game, along with head coach Kory Koehler coaching on Sunday, July 11th at James Madison University in Harrisonburg.


Harrisonburg, VA- The Charlottesville Tom Sox had six players participate in the VBL All-Star game, along with head coach Kory Koehler coaching on Sunday, July 11th at James Madison University in Harrisonburg.

Players included on the VBL South All-Star team representing the Tom Sox were field players Wyatt Langford (Florida), Cole Foster (Auburn), and Garrett Spikes (Georgia). 

Pitchers for the Tom Sox representing the VBL South All-Star team included Dillon Janac (Rice), Christian Worley (Virginia Tech), and Brady Kirtner (Virginia Tech).

Coach Koehler represented the Tom Sox by being the head coach of the South team. 

Worley stated that it was an honor to get chosen, and to represent the Tom Sox in tonight’s All-Star game.

“I didn’t get much playing time at Virginia Tech, and it’s just been a cool experience to get to actually play a whole lot here, and show them their good pitcher,” Worley said. “Charlottesville is a great area. The coaches, team, and manager are great and it’s a great place.”

Foster commented that it’s a great opportunity for him and other Tom Sox players chosen to be at the All-Star game. 

“To be able to play every game, get as many reps as I possibly can, playing against some of the best players in college baseball, and meeting phenomenal guys I will be friends with forever, I’m very happy I chose this place,” Foster remarked. “The mental side of the game, I’m coming back and doing better, and forgetting about the bad days and just keep moving on.” 

For the first five innings, Langford was the starting catcher for the South team, along with being third in the batting order.  

Langford struck out his first two at bats, but got walked during his third. 

For innings six through eight, Spikes played first base and Foster played shortstop, along with Spikes batting fourth and Foster batting eighth. Langford also moved to right field. 

Foster and Spikes both went 0-1 on the night. 

Each pitcher in the All-Star game pitched one inning, starting with Worley in the third inning, Kirtner in the fifth inning, and Janac in the seventh inning, who noted that his pitching was “quick and easy.”

The game was called at the bottom of the eighth due to pitching mound issues.  

“It was fun and enjoyable, I got to be with a bunch of guys I haven’t got to talk to yet, and create relationships that will last a while,” Janac said.

Head coach Kory Koehler said coaching the South team tonight was a good time. “I think these guys came out here and gave it their all and that’s what we are looking for,” Koehler said. 

The North defeated the South team in the All-Star game 5-0. 

The Tom Sox will be back together on Tuesday, July 13th, as they face the Waynesboro Generals in Waynesboro at 7:00 p.m.

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