Generals Come from Behind to Defeat Covington 8-6

Continuing from Thursday night’s momentum, the Generals refused to quit as they again fought from behind to down the Covington Lumberjacks 8-6.

After a shaky first inning from Waynesboro starting pitcher John Hisel, the Lumberjacks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. Hisel allowed 2 hits, 2 walks and hit a batter but managed to sling his way out of trouble forcing Covington to strand the bases loaded.

Hisel made it through five innings allowing four earned runs on four hits. He walked four and struck out three as he would finish with a no decision.

The Generals responded with a lone run in the second as right fielder McClain Bradley singled to center to start the inning. He promptly stole second recording his fourth stolen bag on the season. Bradley eventually scored on a pass ball. He was 5-for-5 scoring two runs and notching two RBIs.

Waynesboro continued the pressure as they added two more runs in the top of the third with Ryan Rosa scoring on a sacrifice fly and Parker Phillips coming across on a wild pitch.

The Lumberjacks would then take the lead 4-3 in the fifth inning as Covington centerfielder Orley Orellano knocked a two run homerun. It was his first long ball of the season. Third baseman Joseph Strange scored on the play.

Refusing to be out done, the Generals would reply in kind with two more runs in the top half of the sixth. Joe Vranesh would score on an error after being hit by a pitch. Joseph Estrada would soon follow as he scored on a single by Mclain Bradley. The run was unearned as Estrada had advanced to third on an error.

Following a very similar script from the night prior, the Generals would head into the late innings with a lead they would eventually see dissipate. With two out and two men on, Covington first baseman Aaron Stamper would lock in on a 1-2 pitch and line a double to right field. Caleb Walls and Lee Clark would both score on the play.

The Generals went into the top of the eighth down 6-5.

Zach Evers would lead off the inning with a double and eventually come around to score on a double by McClain Bradley. Then with men on second and third, catcher Jason Bush would come up big with a single to center scoring Bradley and Hunter Wilson.

The Generals has regained the lead for the third and final time as Conner Loeprich and Tim Holloway would come on for two scoreless innings of relief. Holloway would earn his second save of the year.

Blake Goldsberry would earn his first win for the Generals with Walker Jones of Covington being credited with the loss.

The Lumberjacks now sit at a record of 1-5 in the South Division. The Generals have improved to 4-2 in the South.

The Generals will return home on Saturday evening as they look for revenge against the Charlottesville Tom Sox at Kate Collins Field.