COVINGTON, Va. – The Charlottesville Tom Sox dropped a seven spot on the Covington Lumberjacks in the top of the seventh inning en route to an 11-4 win to improve to 21-7 on the year.
Preston Allen (Coastal Bend) got his first start of the season and surrendered two runs in the bottom of the first.
The ‘Sox rebounded in the bottom of the third thanks in large part to a two-run blast from Adam Cecere (Wake Forest) to briefly take a 3-2 lead. Covington’s Trendon Craig responded with a solo blast of his own to dead center to knot things back up in the bottom half of the inning.
A run in the top of the sixth, courtesy of a solo home run by Adam Cecere, kick started the offense. Cecere became the first Tom Sox player to have two home runs in a game since Alex Mardiney launched two at the same park in the 2018 South Division championship game.
The bats really came to life the next inning. With two outs, eight-straight batters reached safely. Garrett Spikes (Georgia) delivered a big two-run single with two outs, and Trevor Candelaria (Davidson) would later send a double to the left-center field wall which scored three runs. When all was said and done, seven ‘Sox touched home plate and made it an 11-4 game.
Preston Allen left the game after giving up four runs in five innings before Noah Overton (UNC Wilmington) and Angelo Cabral (North Central Texas) fired two shutout innings. Kory Koehler then handed the ball to two position players.
Eddie Eisert (NC State) and Garrett Spikes each fired one inning as they combined to pitch two shutout innings to end the game and secure the team’s sixth straight win.
The Tom Sox will end a streak of nine games in eight days on Wednesday when they play host to Harrisonburg on UVA Night. Admission is free courtesy of Carter Bank & Trust.
Cecere set a team record for total bases in a game with 11. He is the first player in team history to homer twice and hit a double in the same game.
Cecere’s four hits are the most by a Tom Sox player this summer.
All seven runs in the 7th inning were scored with two outs.
Charlottesville was errorless for the fifth time this season and second against Covington.
The Tom Sox have walked two or fewer batters in four of the last five games.