Tom Sox Face Generals for First Time

The Charlottesville Tom Sox (2-3) will face the Waynesboro Generals (2-2) tonight at Charlottesville High School. It will be broadcast live on the Tom Sox Facebook page and Tom Sox TV. First pitch is set for 7 P.M.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Charlottesville Tom Sox (2-3) will face the Waynesboro Generals (2-2) tonight at Charlottesville High School. It will be broadcast live on the Tom Sox Facebook page and 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. Live audio is available on the VBL Audio Network. 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 2022 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

Waynesboro: RHP Nick Chittum, Eastern Michhigan (0-1, 6.75 ERA, 4.0 IP, 4 BB, 3 K)

Charlottesville: RHP Bobby Olsen, Brown (0-0, 6.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 4 BB, 1 K)

 

LEADING OFF

  • The Tom Sox return home to face Waynesboro for the first time this season.

  • The Tom Sox and rival Generals face off for the first time since the ‘Gens swept the ‘Sox in the first round of the 2021 playoffs.

  • After losing their first three games, the Tom Sox have won their last two.

  • After scoring just five runs in their first three games, the Tom Sox have scored 18 in the last two.

  • The Tom Sox have a chance to move from last place to second place in the division standings with a win tonight.

  • Bobby Olsen will make his second start of the season after starting the season opener in Harrisonburg.

 

SERIES vs WAYNESBORO

  • The Generals have the Tom Sox’s number over the last two seasons, winning ten of the last 13 meetings.

  • The Generals have won the last three, which includes a 2-0 sweep in the first round of the 2021 VBL Playoffs.

  • The last time these teams met, Waynesboro won it 6-3 at home. Charlottesville’s pitching staff struggled, allowing eight hits, five walks, and striking out only three. Logan Amiss had both of the RBI. The Generals caught fire in the seventh, scoring four runs off of Tom Sox reliever Angelo Cabral – punctuated by a three-run homer by Jackson Ross.

  • Seven of the nine meetings last season featured fewer than ten combined runs.

  • Charlottesville’s final four games of the 2021 season were against Waynesboro.

  • The Tom Sox’s last win against the Generals at home was on July 4, their first July 4 win against Waynesboro in five tries.

  • Charlottesville’s last win in the series was on July 21 of last year, a close 3-2 final in Waynesboro. Eddie Eisert had the lone RBI in the game for the ‘Sox, and the other two runs scored off of errors. The bullpen was nails, tossing five scoreless innings with three hits, three walks, and five strikeouts.

 

GAVIN HAVIN’ A GOOD START

  • Clemson’s Gavin Abrams has been the Tom Sox’s leading hitter through four games this season.

  • Abrams is batting .286 (4-for-14) on the year with nine walks, three RBI, and a .565 OBP.

  • He reached base in all five plate appearances on Monday against the Braves, with two hits, three RBI, and three walks. It was the 50th instance in Tom Sox history of a player reaching base 5+ times in a game.

  • Abrams’s seven walks through his first four games was tied for the most in team history. The other to do it was former player and current head coach Ramon Garza.

 

SPIKES IS BACK

  • Georgia’s Garrett Spikes is the first 2021 returner to join the squad this summer after Georgia was eliminated from CWS contention.

  • Spikes led the Tom Sox in RBI last season (24), ranked fourth in batting average (.276), scored 18 runs, and stole ten bases.

  • He struggled against Waynesboro, however, batting .160 (4-for-25) in eight games with three RBI and two home runs.

 

CONSISTENT KYLE

  • Old Dominion’s Kyle Edwards has been the Tom Sox’s most consistent hitter to open the season.

  • Edwards hit safely in each of his first four games before failing to reach base last night.

  • Two of those games are multi-hit games, the only ‘Sox player with multiple multi-hit games. Both of them came against Covington.

  • He hit his first double of the season in his first at-bat of the game on Monday, eventually coming around to score the game’s first run.

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