WAYNESBORO, Va. – The Charlottesville Tom Sox defeated the Waynesboro Generals on the road Tuesday, 8-3. The Tom Sox keep their first place spot in the Valley League, as well as add to their winning streak.
The first two and a half innings were quiet for both the ‘Sox and Generals as starters Luke Wagner (Georgia) and Jonathan Blackwell dueled. Waynesboro got the scoring started in the bottom of the second, scoring after the ball fell out of catcher’s glove at home. The runner from second then scored to put the first two runs on the board.
The ‘Sox were struggling to reach early in the game, but woke up their bats in the sixth. With Kyle Edwards (Old Dominion) on first, Trey Yunger (Wofford) singled to right field, allowing Edwards to advance to third. Satchell Norman (Florida Southwestern) walked to load the bases, then Logan Amiss (VCU) hit a line drive to left field, bringing in Edwards and Yunger to tie the game at 2-2. Hunter Teplanszky (TCU) followed with another single to bring in Norman, then Tristan Bissetta (Clemson) doubled to bring in Amiss and take a 4-2 lead.
Yunger, Gavin Abrams (Clemson), and Norman led off the seventh with three-straight singles to tack on another run. After Amiss struck out, Cole Wagner (Georgia) picked up his 12th RBI on the young season with another single to bring home Abrams, making it 6-2 Charlottesville.
Now 6-3 after a solo homer from Waynesboro in the seventh, the Tom Sox looked to add even more insurance to their lead. After Edwards reached on an error by Waynesboro’s Jalen Vasquez and stole third, Yunger hit a line drive to the center field pocket, scoring Edwards. Norman then hit a double off the wall in center field to bring in Yunger, making it 8-3.
Luke Wagner (Georgia) started on the mound for the Tom Sox in his first start of the season. He had 4 strikeouts and allowed two runs. He was relieved by Drew Bryan (Chicago), who worked his way out of a jam in the fifth to keep his line scoreless. Bryan was relieved by Jackson Nove (Kentucky), who allowed a solo home run and two hits in 1.2 innings. Chandler Marsh (Georgia) closed the book, striking out four in two innings and allowing a run.
The Tom Sox will seek their seventh straight win on Wednesday when they face the Staunton Braves on the road. First pitch at John Moxie Stadium is 7:30 P.M.
The Tom Sox have won the first three meetings against Waynesboro for the second time in series history (2017). They already have as many wins against Waynesboro this season (3) as they did all of last season.
Only one Tom Sox batter reached base over the first five innings. 14 reached over the final four.
Cole Wagner extended his RBI streak to five games and has an RBI in five of the six games he’s played.
Charlottesville pitchers struck out 15 batters, the most in a game this season and tied for the sixth-most all-time. Ten of the 15 were of the looking variety, the most in team history.
Luke Wagner’s six strikeouts are the second-most by a Tom Sox pitcher this season, trailing only Drew Bryan’s seven against Staunton last week.
Tom Sox opponents have committed ten errors over the last three games.
The Tom Sox recorded double-digit hits for the fourth time in the last five games.