Pitcher’s Dual Finishes In 4th Straight Win For Waynesboro
In a game that only saw 5 hits between the two teams combined, timely hitting was the key factor in deciding a winner in the tightly contested ball game in Winchester Wednesday night.
Before General starter Nathan Schneider (St. Mary’s) settled into one of his best outings of the summer, they got to him for a run in the first. The first batter of Schneider’s night reached base via the walk. He later stole second before a bouncer up the middle scored him from second base. The Royals had jumped out to a 1-0 lead after 1 complete inning.
As mentioned, both pitchers would be stellar. The only time the Generals scored was in the 4th inning. The inning would start with an airmailed throw on a slow roller hit by Bryce Teodosio (Clemson). Andrew Orzel (Wofford) would then walk to put runners at 1st and second with one out in the inning. After a chopper to third base advanced both base runners safely, Dalton Wingo (UCF) would work a full count walk to load the bases with two outs in the inning for Bruno Teramoto (New Mexico St.). Bruno would rip a 1-1 pitch down the third base line that would rattle around in the left field corner. All 3 runners would come around to score and after the top of the 4th, the Generals would lead 3-1.
Nathan Schneider worked his way through the 5th with a 3 up, 3 down, showing. However, things got a bit messy in the bottom of the 6th inning. With the Royals only down 2, the go ahead run would be brought to the plate after Schneider hit the first batter and walked the second. He would manage to get a line drive out to left field for out number one. He would then get the next hitter to hit a line drive right at the third baseman. If caught, the Gens would’ve had a double play because the Royal runners had started to run to the next base and would have been doubled off for sure. However, when the ball was booted, the Gens had their hands full with the bases loaded and one out. But just like the night before at home vs. Harrisonburg, Head Coach John Jeanes turned to the bullpen, and his reliever worked an inning ending double play to avoid the danger. This time it was newcomer Austin Hohm (Georgia Southern).
Hohm would make pretty easy work of the Winchester Royals for the rest of the game. He would go on to pick up the 11 out save by finishing out the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th innings.
Key Performers for Winchester:
- Dylan Gentry: L (0-1), 6 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 8 K
- James Grant: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
- Jake Posey: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Key Performers for Waynesboro:
- Nathan Schneider (St. Mary’s): W (2-0), 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
- Austin Hohm (Georgia Southern): SV (1), 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
- Bruno Teramoto (New Mexico St.): 1-4, 2B, 3 RBI
The Generals (17-13) have moved into 2nd place and are within a game of the South Division leading Covington Lumberjacks. Waynesboro will be back in action at home on Thursday night when they welcome the New Market Rebels into town for the first time all summer.