Late Error Costs Generals Against TomSox
Fred Villarreal (Houston) threw one of the most dominating performances the Generals have had from a starting pitcher this summer. Unfortunately, an error in the top of the 9th inning came around to score the winning run and the Gens weren’t able to recover.
In a game that saw a combined 9 hits and 3 runs, errors turned out to be a huge difference in the game. Waynesboro out-hit Charlottesville 5 to 4 because of the stellar outing from Villarreal.
The Generals would get on the board first with a run in the bottom of the third inning. It started with a lead-off single to center for Joe Bellini (Cincinnati). 2 batters later, Jackson Webb (UCF) hit into a fielder’s choice for the second out of the inning. He would come around to score when Alex Webb (Chipola) drilled a double into the right center field gap. That would end up proving to be the only run of the game for the Generals.
The TomSox would answer quickly with a run in the top of the 4th. After a strikeout to begin the inning, Charlottesville put together 2 straight singles to put runners on the corners. A sacrifice fly deep into right was enough to bring the tying run in. Things would settle in after the score in the 4th.
In the bottom of the 8th, it looked like Waynesboro was in great shape to score the go-ahead run. After a leadoff walk by Jackson Webb, Alex Webb bunted him up to second base. When the third baseman came into field the bunt, the pitcher went over to cover third base. When things settled in, the pitcher started his walk back to the mound, leaving the base unattended. The third base coach alerted Webb who tried to make it to third. Unfortunately, the third baseman was on his way back to his position and was easily there in time to tag out Webb. He would have been in scoring position for the team leader in RBIs, Andrew Orzel (Wofford).
In the top of the 9th, Fred Villarreal was still out there and looking as strong as ever. After striking out the league leader in RBIs, Villarreal got a fly ball down the right field line. The right fielder made it to the ball in time and looked as if it would be a simple out number 2. However, he dropped the ball and the runner hustled into second base. A fly ball to right for the second out was enough to move the runner to third base. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Villarreal delivered a pitch that hit off the catcher’s glove and went to the back stop. It allowed the runner to score and move the final to 2-1. The Generals went three up, three down in the bottom of the 9th. It was their second straight loss.
Key Performers for Charlottesville:
- Jake Hershman: ND, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
- Antonio Menendez: W, 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
Key Performers for Waynesboro:
- Fred Villarreal (Houston): L (1-2), 9 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 99 pitches
The Generals (21-17) will try and get back into the win column Saturday afternoon when they travel to Casey Field in Covington. The game time is set for 3 PM to try and beat the incoming rain.