Generals Win Home Finale Over Covington
In the final regular season game at Kate Collins Field, the Generals were able to push across 8 runs on the Lumberjacks to pick up their 23rd win of the season.
The Lumberjacks had played at Purcellville Friday afternoon before making their way back to Waynesboro for a game that ended up getting started around 8:15 Friday night. With their win in Purcellville, they had clinched the South Division Pennant. After locking up the number 1 seed, they would turn to some position players to do the pitching to save their arms for their playoff series starting Sunday. This being said, their offense didn’t waste much time. They scored the game’s first run in the top of the second inning. A lead-off triple set the Jacks up for a groundball to short to score the first run on the RBI groundout.
The Generals would come in and take the lead in the bottom of the second inning with 2 runs. Bryce Teodosio (Clemson) would start things off with a one-out walk. Jackson Webb (UCF) would lay down a perfect drag bunt that hugged the third base line for a bunt single. Teodosio and Webb pulled off a double steal to put 2 runners into scoring position. Marcus Ragan (Arkansas Little Rock) came through with a 2 out double into the right centerfield gap to put the Gens on top 2-1. They would never relinquish the lead after that.
The score in the second inning began a streak of 4 straight innings with a score. In the 3rd, Tyler Bielamowicz (Houston) started the inning off by getting on base via Covington error. After 2 wild pitches, Andrew Orzel (Wofford) would send a flyball deep to centerfield for a sacrifice fly. In the 4th, Jackson Webb would lead off with a double and move to third on a balk. Trey Polewski (USC Aiken) was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corner. Hunter Johnson (JMU) would bring in a run on his first RBI of the summer on a sacrifice fly to left. Tyler Bielamowicz wouldn’t waste any time after the sac fly. He ripped the first pitch into left center field to score Polewski. After 4 complete innings the score stood at 5-1 in favor of the Generals.
Covington would mount a bit of a comeback in the 5th. The first two hitters worked their way on by walk and hit-by-pitch. A stolen base and a passed ball would move runners into scoring position. The Jacks would then put together back-to-back RBI groundouts for two runs in the inning to make the score 5-3.
The Gens would respond in the same inning on one swing of the bat. Bryce Teodosio would unload on his 5th home run of the summer in the bottom of the 5th to lengthen the lead just a little more. The score was now 6-3. After a quiet 6th inning, the Generals would score in the bottom of the 7th, making it 5 out of their last 6 innings with a run scored. Andrew Orzel started things off with a double. He was brought in on a triple down the right field line by Joe Bellini (Cincinnati). Bellini would score on a sacrifice fly by Jackson Webb. That made the score 8-3 late in the game.
The Jacks would add one more run in the top of the 8th when a lead off single moved to second on a ground ball to short. He was then brought into score on a single to left to bring the score to its final mark of 8-4.
Key Performers for Covington:
- Max Law: 2-5, 2B
- Connor Hood: 1-2, 3B, R
- Tyler Hill: 1-2, 2 BB, R, 2 SB
- Jordyn Eglite: 2-3, RBI
Key Performers for Waynesboro:
- Marcus Ragan (Arkansas Little Rock): 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI
- Andrew Orzel (Wofford): 1-2, 2B, RBI
- Bryce Teodosio (Clemson): 1-2, HR, SB, RBI, 2 R
- Jackson Webb (UCF): 2-3, 2B, RBI, SB, 2 R
The Generals (23-18) will travel to Staunton tomorrow to take on the Braves in the last game of the regular season. A game that will play large on the playoff picture. The Harrisonburg Turks need to beat Charlottesville and also need the Gens to take down the Braves to get the 4th spot. The Braves only need a loss by Harrisonburg OR a victory over our Gens.