Generals Outlast Royals for First Win of 2018
After three straight days of cancellations, the Generals finally got back on the field tonight at Bridgeforth Field, home of the Winchester Royals.
The Royals jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after 3 innings. Graham Ashcraft (Mississippi State), the starter for the Generals, had a shaky outing. Ashcraft’s line was 2 2/3rd IP, 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 K. He gave way to Nick Parr (Oakland) in the bottom of the third with two outs and runners on first and third. Parr was able to escape the jam.
The General bats came alive in the top of the 4th. After getting the leadoff hitter of the inning, Tanner Thomas (Tallahassee CC), on with a single, the Generals had 3 straight singles to right field to score 2 runs. That was followed by an RBI groundout by Jordan Ammons (Mercer) to tie the score at 3.
The Royals regained the lead in the 6th when Matthew Holloway rifled an RBI single to left with the bases loaded and one out. However, Nick Parr worked his way out of another jam with back-to-back strikeouts.
In the 7th inning, the flood gates were opened in favor of the Generals. Waynesboro plated 5 runners on 4 hits, 3 walks, and a Royal error, moving the score to 8-4 after the top half. Chris Salvey homered in the bottom half to pull closer, and after 7 complete, the score was 8-5.
The Generals added an insurance run on a wild pitch in the top of the 8th, but were answered with two more runs from the Royals in the bottom to bring the score to 9-7.
Justin Beyer (Niagara County CC) came in and shut the door in the bottom of the 9th for his first save and the Generals’ first win of the season.
- Chris Salvey: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI
- Samyr Santos: 2-4, RBI
- Ryan Kennedy: L (0-1), 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
- Tyler Trovinger (Oakland): 3-4, 2 RBI
- Kyle Wrighte (William & Mary): 2-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R, SB
- Nick Parr (Oakland): W (1-0), 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
The Generals are back in action tomorrow night for their home opener against the Strasburg Express at 7 pm at Kate Collins Field. Probable pitchers are Bryan Wilcox (Florida Gulf Coast) for the Generals, and Strasburg native Garrett Richards (JMU) for the Express.