CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Charlottesville Tom Sox took on the Waynesboro Generals for the second time this week, this time at Crutchfield Park. At their first Women in Sports promotional night, the Tom Sox dropped a close one to end the season and fall to 30-10.
Pitcher Preston Allen (Coastal Bend) kept the Generals to a slow start, with batters going down in order in each of the first three innings. The Tom Sox, on the other hand, saw their first run in the bottom of the first. A single from Cooper Ingle (Clemson) got him on base and eventually scored the first run for Charlottesville. Pitchers Allen and Waynesboro’s Zach Kirby kept both team’s scoreless through the next two innings.
Waynesboro scored their first run in the top of the fourth. Alejandro Figueredo advanced on a single and eventually scored on a single from Zach Levenson, tying the score at 1-1. Even with the run, Allen ousted the Generals with two left on base.
The Generals took the lead in the fifth after Jackson Ross advanced on a walk and made it home on a wild pitch. Charlottesville couldn’t score a run for the next few innings but stranded many. At least one Tom Sox player was left stranded from the third inning through the seventh. The eighth was marked with no hits, no runs, and no runners left on base.
The Tom Sox defense held up their end of the bargain for the team, holding the Generals to their two runs through the next few. Waynesboro increased their lead in the top of the ninth with some insurance runs. The first being scored by Stephen Wilmer who reached on a double to left field and then made it home on a Tom Sox error. The runs kept coming for the Generals when a single from Alonzo Rubalcaba brought two more Generals home for a 5-1 lead. A great outfield assist by right fielder Jack Hurley (Virginia Tech) ended the inning and brought the Tom Sox to bat. While Charlottesville had runners reach base via a single and walk, they were both left stranded to end the game at 5-1.
Charlottesville will take on the Waynesboro Generals to begin the playoffs on Saturday, July 24th at 7 P.M. at Crutchfield Park. The Tom Sox enter the playoffs as the number one overall seed with the best record in the Valley League and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Charlottesville finishes the regular season with a .750 win percentage, good for fourth in the VBL since modern league records began in 1994.
Wyatt Langford (Florida)’s 16-game on-base streak came to a close after going 0-for-2 tonight.
Only 12 Tom Sox batters reached base on the night.
The Tom Sox lost their final regular season game for the third-straight season.
Preston Allen delivered his best outing of the season, tossing four innings and allowing three hits, one run, no walks, and three strikeouts.