Generals Down Front Royal with 6-2 Victory
With a combination of tough pitching and timely hits, the Waynesboro Generals were able to bounce back into the win column Sunday evening with a 6-2 win over the Front Royal Cardinals.
The Generals came out hot in the bottom half of the second inning as left fielder Zach Evers got them started with a triple to right field. Evers would score on the very next at bat as Joseph Estrada would reach base on an error by the Cardinal’s shortstop.
Evers would final his evening 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. He was a homerun shy of the cycle and would also steal his sixth base on the season.
Waynesboro would hit the Cardinals for one more run in the second as shortstop Joseph Bellini would single to left bringing Estrada around to score.
The Cardinals would finally get on the board in the fifth inning and then tie it in the sixth locking the score at 2-2. Dylan Hardy and Marc Mumper would both have RBIs for the Cardinals. It wouldn’t last long however as the Generals would respond with runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
Parker Phillips and Joseph Estrada would also add RBIs for the Generals.
Cardinals starter Ryan Ruggles would get tagged for the loss, though he went a respectable six innings allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out seven. It would be his second loss on the year.
The Generals were backed by a solid start from Braden Olive as he went 5 2/3 innings allowing two earned runs on ten hits. He would walk away with a no decision. Tyler Thompson would earn the win for Waynesboro as he would come on for a strong 2 1/3 innings of relief. He struck out three and would not allow a run on just two hits. It is his first win of the season.
The loss puts the Cardinals at 6-6 in the North with the Generals sitting at 8-5 in the South. They still remain just one game behind the Charlottesville Tom Sox for the division lead.
The Generals will hit the road again Monday evening as they look to take on the Purcellville Cannons.
**Photo- Zach Evers**