Tom Sox Face Cavaliers for First Time in Franchise History

The Charlottesville Tom Sox (1-2) will face the Culpeper Cavaliers (1-2) for their first meeting in franchise history tonight in Culpeper. The game will be broadcast on the Cavaliers YouTube channel. First pitch is set for 7:30 P.M.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Charlottesville Tom Sox (1-2) will face the Culpeper Cavaliers (1-2) for their first meeting in franchise history tonight in Culpeper. The game will be broadcast on the Cavaliers YouTube channel. First pitch is set for 7:30 P.M.

Coverage: Viewers can head to the Cavaliers YouTube channel to watch tonight’s game. A link to the live stats is available on Pointstreak. The Tom Sox Twitter account (@CvilleTomSox) will provide live updates.

Ticket Information: Admission to Cavaliers games is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors (65+), $3 for children (12 and under), and free for children wearing a Little League uniform.


Charlottesville: RHP Shane Stossel – Lebanon Valley

Culpeper: RHP Johan Franco – Georgetown


  • The Tom Sox and Cavaliers will face off for the first time in history.

  • Charlottesville lost last night in a pitcher’s duel against Harrisonburg, with a 2-run ninth inning single by Jose Perez deciding the 4-2 final.

  • Tonight will match up the best (Charlottesville) and worst (Culpeper) pitching staffs in the league, according to ERA and WHIP.

  • Shane Stossel will make his first start on the mound for Charlottesville tonight. It will be his second appearance on the mound overall, after tossing 5.2 scoreless innings of relief against Waynesboro last season.

  • The Tom Sox will have the day off Monday before facing Staunton at home Tuesday.


  • The Tom Sox have stolen 14 bases in their first three games, the most in franchise history.

  • The previous high was 12, set by Kory Koehler’s 2021 Tom Sox team.

  • They have not been caught stealing so far.

  • Charlottesville set a new single-game record with nine stolen bases against Covington Friday, besting the previous record of eight set in a road game at Woodstock in 2021 (also the second game of the season).

  • The ‘Sox are currently on pace for 207 stolen bases on the year. The current team record is 110, set by the 2021 team.

  • Lyndon Coleman’s record in the VBL is 120, set by the 2016 Winchester Royals.


  • Charlottesville won their third Valley League Championship last season with a series sweep over the Woodstock River Bandits.

  • The ‘Sox did not lose a playoff game, winning all six of the games they played in a postseason plagued by rain. The Tom Sox played only one of the six games at home, with both the division semifinal and division championship rounds being played away from CHS.

  • The ‘Sox swept Covington in the first round (in a doubleheader in Harrisonburg), Waynesboro in the division championship (both games played in Waynesboro), and Woodstock in the league championship.

  • The Tom Sox trailed in only three of the 54 postseason innings played, all coming in the first game of the Waynesboro series.

  • Christian Martin led the Tom Sox at the plate in the playoffs with a .417 average and .517 OBP. The Tom Sox staff was masterful, with a 2.17 ERA and 60 strikeouts in the six games.


  • With the addition of a 12th team, the 2023 Valley League schedule will feature 44 games in the regular season for the first time in team history, up from 42 in previous seasons.

  • Divisions are eliminated this season, with each opponent facing off against the others four times – twice at home and twice on the road.

  • Doubleheaders, which were commonplace in inter-division matchups in 2021 and 2022, are also a thing of the past (albeit for Charlottesville and Winchester’s four games).

  • In addition to the regular season schedule, the Valley League will play their annual all-star game and home run derby on Sunday, June 25 in Front Royal.


  • Valley League veteran Lyndon Coleman will don the head coach title for the season in Charlottesville after two seasons in Winchester.

  • Coleman’s Royals earned a VBL Playoff berth in both his seasons, advancing to the North division championship series in 2017 before falling to the Express in three games.

  • Coleman is currently Head Coach at Pasco-Hernando State College in New Port Richey, Florida, where he led the team to an NJCAA D-II World Series berth in 2019. He has coached four MLB players and 27 players who have played pro ball.

  • Coleman’s summer teams have a knack for stealing bases. The 2016 Royals led the VBL with 120, the 2017 team finished third with 86, and his 2018 Keene SwampBats team led the NECBL with 111 (5 shy of the league record).

  • Coleman will be assisted by ‘Sox alum Trevon Smith, recent Miami (OH) alum Cristian Tejada, and coaching veteran Brian Wirth.


  • Seven players from the 2022 Championship team will return to the ‘Sox in 2023, with four on the active roster to begin the season.

  • Kyle Edwards served as the ‘Sox’s starting shortstop for much of the season, starting 42 of the team’s 48 games at short. Edwards was named an All-Star Reserve after fielding at a .971 clip and stealing 12 bases. He led the ODU Monarchs in hitting this spring with a .341 average, six homers, and a 1.038 OPS as an infielder and outfielder.

  • Braden Halladay returns to Charlottesville after a 2022 summer which saw him post a 3.86 ERA in 18.2 innings with 25 strikeouts and only 7 walks. He turned in over half his innings over his final two appearances alone, allowing one run and striking out seven in six innings at Staunton (July 20) and punching out a career-high nine batters in five innings in a playoff game at Waynesboro (July 30). Halladay worked to a 4.61 ERA in 41 innings for High Point this spring, striking out 29.

  • Kalvin Alexander only played the back half of the season for the Tom Sox last summer, but made it count. Alexander hit six home runs in 18 games, tying him for the team single-season record. He also served reliable behind the plate, catching four batters stealing on the summer. Alexander hit 10 homers for Georgia Southwestern this spring, combining with nine doubles and a triple for a .423 slugging percentage.

  • Shane Stossel only appeared in one game for Charlottesville last summer – game two of a doubleheader at Waynesboro – but made it count, tossing 5.2 scoreless innings of relief on 105 pitches to clinch the 1 seed in the South division playoffs. Stossel was named All-Conference as a pitcher and utility for Lebanon Valley this spring, posting a 3.73 ERA while hitting .331 with ten home runs and 55 RBI.


  • Charlottesville earned the #1 seed in last season’s playoffs with a 26-16 overall record, winning a tiebreaker over the Generals courtesy of a 5-2 head-to-head record.

  • The ‘Sox finished third in the league in batting average, first in walks drawn per game, first in stolen base percentage, sixth in ERA, and third in strikeouts per nine innings. They scored five runs per game (6th in the league) and allowed runners to reach at a .222 clip (second).

  • The ‘Sox were led by a 3-headed monster at the plate in Christian Martin, Carter Cunningham, and Cole Wagner. The trio hold the fourth, third, and sixth spots respectively in the single-season record book for batting average, while occupying three of the top four spots in both slugging and on-base percentage (joined in both by Michael Wielansky, 2017 VBL MVP).

  • Wagner finished the season on a 38-game on-base streak, the longest in team history.

  • On the mound, the ‘Sox were led by a variety of starters and relievers. No Tom Sox pitcher threw more than 32 innings, with Emmett Bice pitching the most with 31.2. Notable starters included Trey Yesavage (1.73 ERA, 32 K in 26 IP), Bice (3.98, 24, 31.2), and Bobby Olsen (3.63, 15, 22.1).

  • Relievers included John Armstrong (0.00, 20, 15.2), Tyler McLoughlin (0.73, 27, 12.1), Chandler Marsh (1.86, 29, 19.1), Jackson Nove (2.64, 25, 30.2), and Drew Bryan (2.70, 34, 26.2).


  • Culpeper picked up their first win in franchise history last night over Staunton and are now 1-2 on the season.

  • The Cavaliers are eighth in the league in batting average (.241) and last in ERA (9.00) through three games.

  • Keith Savoy leads the ‘Cavs in hitting so far on the year, while Tyler Kaltreider has not allowed an earned run while meeting the innings limit.

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