Walk-off Grand Slam Propels Waynesboro to Win over Harrisonburg
By: Joshua Gingrich
With two out and bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, the Waynesboro Generals were down 9-6 to the Harrisonburg Turks. Catcher Garrett Bogart strode to the plate. He turned on a pitch and launched it well over the left-field fence, sending the crowd and the Generals into a frenzy and giving the Generals a 10-9 win.
Waynesboro started off quickly, scoring three in the first, all with two outs. Outfielder Kasey Caras hit an RBI double and outfielder Thad Ector had a bases-loaded walk. The Generals added a fourth run on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Braden Luke in the second.
In the top of the third, Harrisonburg cut the deficit to one thanks to a three-run homer by outfielder Jaylon Lee. The Generals would add a run in the fifth to make it a two-run game.
The Turks would answer with two in the top of the seventh to tie the game. In the eighth, seven of the first eight Turks reached base, and four of them came across to score and make it 9-5.
In the bottom of the ninth, the first four Generals reached base, making it 9-6. After a flyout, strikeout and a walk, Bogart crushed the ball over the fence for the walk-off win.
It was Bogart’s second ninth-inning, go-ahead homer in two nights. Last night, he hit a home run to give the Generals the late victory over the Staunton Braves.
Pitcher Henry Hardie pitched a scoreless ninth for the Generals and was awarded the victory.
Waynesboro improves to 2-1, while Harrisonburg drops to 1-1. The Generals play Tuesday on the road at the Covington Lumberjacks, with first pitch set for 7 p.m.