Generals Win Independence Day Matchup Over Charlottesville
After jumping out to a 6-0 lead, the TomSox came all the way back to tie the game in the bottom of the 7th. Enter Bryce Teodosio (Clemson). On the second pitch of the top of the 8th inning, Teodosio hammered a ball over the centerfield fence for his second 8th inning, go-ahead homer of the year to put the Gens on top for good.
After 2 complete innings, neither team had really even threatened to score. Matt Ellmyer (Wofford) was dualing against his Wofford College teammate Jake Hershman for Charlottesville. In the top of the 3rd, the Generals were able to crack Hershman. The bats would come alive with vengeance with 6 straight hits to start the inning. Bruno Teramoto (New Mexico St.) started it off. He was moved to second by a Joe Bellini (Cincinnati) single and to third by a Gabe Montenegro (Southern Miss) single. Chase Cheek (Duke) put the first run on the board with yet another single. Andrew Orzel (Wofford) would follow suit and hit a single that brought in two runs and moved Cheek around to third. Cheek would come in to score on a wild pitch during Alex Brait’s (Florida Gulf Coast) at bat. Later in Brait’s at bat, he would double to bring in Orzel. The score after 3 was 5-0.
Matt Ellmyer was impressive in his start. He went 5 shutout innings while only allowing 4 hits. The Generals would allow him to pitch with a 6 run lead after they tacked on one more run in the top of the 5th inning. Chase Cheek led off the inning with a single to right field. He would eventually steal second. With 2 outs in the inning, Bryce Teodosio would step up and deliver the 6th run courtesy of a single to center field.
It wasn’t until the 6th inning after Ellmyer had been taken out that the TomSox would wake up offensively. The TomSox would put up 5 in the bottom of the 6th. The first 3 batters of the inning worked their way on without having to make contact with the baseball. It went HBP, Walk, HBP for the first 3 to load the bases. The next hitter would single to bring in one. 2 more runs scored on the next play when a groundball was misplayed by the General defense. That was followed by a sacrifice fly to left field for out number 1. The next batter would ground out to second base, but would be followed with back to back singles to drive in yet another run. The score after 6 complete was 6-5 in favor of Waynesboro.
In the 7th, the TomSox would tie the game after a leadoff double and some manufacturing. The lead off double was moved to third on a groundball to the second baseman. He then scored on another grounder to the second baseman. The score was right back where we started at. Tie ball game, 6-6, going into the top of the 8th.
It didn’t stay tied for long. Bryce Teodosio sent his second homer of the year out in dramatic fashion. This would give the Generals the lead with only 6 more outs to record. In the bottom of the 8th, Aron Solis (Texas Southern) came on to pitch. He immediately gave up a leadoff double. This situation had Gens fans feeling a bit uneasy at CVille Weekly Ballpark. However, Solis did masterful work at getting around the TomSox hitters to hold on to the lead. The runner was never able to advance from second after a flyout to left field for out number 1, a strikeout for out number 2, and a ground ball to third base for out number 3.
In the bottom of the 9th, Solis trotted back out to the mound to try and get 3 more outs. This time, he didn’t even let the TomSox think about tying the game. He started the inning with a hard hit flyout to center field. He followed that up with his second strikeout of his appearance. Finally, the third out was recorded on a ground ball to the first baseman. The final score was 7-6.
Key Performers for Charlottesville:
- Pat McColl: 2-4, BB
- Alex Mardiney: 1-5, 2 RBI, R
- Brent Centracchio: 1-4, 2B, 2 R
Key Performers for Waynesboro:
- Bryce Teodosio (Clemson): 2-3, Go-Ahead HR, 2 RBI, R
- Chase Cheek (Duke): 2-5, SB, RBI, 2 R
- Matt Ellmyer (Wofford): ND, 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K
- Aron Solis (Texas Southern): SV (1), 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
The Generals will return home on Thursday to take on the team that last beat them, the Staunton Braves. Game time set for 7 pm at Kate Collins Field.