Tom Sox Host Braves in First of 2 This Week

The Charlottesville Tom Sox (2-1) will face the Staunton Braves (3-0) in their first of 8 meetings this season at Charlottesville High School. It will be broadcast live on the Tom Sox Facebook page and Tom Sox TV on YouTube. First pitch is set for 7 P.M.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Charlottesville Tom Sox (2-1) will face the Staunton Braves (3-0) in their first of 8 meetings this season at Charlottesville High School. It will be broadcast live on the Tom Sox Facebook page and Tom Sox TV on YouTube. 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. 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 2021 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

Staunton: RHP Tanner Moyers – Lenoir-Rhyne (0-0, 18.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 1 BB, 3 K)

Charlottesville: RHP Carlos Rodriguez – Florida Southwestern

 

LEADING OFF

  • The Tom Sox take on the Braves in the first of two meetings this week.

  • Today’s game is the first of eight this season against the Braves.

  • Charlottesville split yesterday’s doubleheader with the Woodstock River Bandits.

  • Pierce Bennett currently ranks T-5th in the VBL with a .500 average and his 5 walks are second in the league. He is tied for the league lead with 5 stolen bases.

 

SERIES vs STAUNTON

  • The Tom Sox have won 7 of the last 10 against the Braves, including a 2-1 series win in last year’s playoffs.

  • Charlottesville is 5-3 against the Braves at home since the start of the 2018 season.

  • 6 of the last 12 games have been decided by one run. 4 of the 12 have been decided by 8 or more.

 

LAST NIGHT

  • Charlottesville and Woodstock split a doubleheader at Central High School.

  • Woodstock took the first game, 4-3, withstanding a late Tom Sox surge. The River Bandits did not have a batter reach base over the final 3 innings.

  • Alex Urban hit the ‘Sox’s first long ball of the season.

  • Charlottesville took the second game, 4-1, behind outstanding pitching from Jake Haney, Stephen Restuccio, and Christian Worley. Haney and Worley both had 5 K’s.

  • The Tom Sox stole a program-record 8 bases in game 2, behind Makenzie Pate’s 3 and 2 from Pierce Bennett and Cole Foster. Gehrig Ebel added one to total 8.

 

SCOUTING THE BRAVES

  • The Braves enter tonight’s game as 1 of 3 undefeated teams in the VBL.

  • Staunton holds the league’s best offense, batting at a .341 clip. Their average is 44 points higher than the next-best team.

  • They have stolen 17 bases on the season, the most in the VBL. Kent Rooklin, a returner from the 2019 squad, leads with 5.

  • Bren Taylor leads the Braves offensively, batting a league-leading .636 with 4 runs and 2 RBI.

  • Where the Braves falter is on the bump, working to a 6.26 ERA and .327 opponent average (worst in the VBL).

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