By Tanner Wood
A walk-off base hit in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Covington Lumberjacks to a 7-6 win over the Charlottesville Tom Sox.
Parker Nolan (Davidson) made his Tom Sox debut on Wednesday against the Lumberjacks. The Davidson product had two hits on the night, scored twice, while also batting in a run. The Davidson product also stole two bases.
Thomas Francisco (East Carolina) had a great night at the plate with two hits, a run scored, one RBI, and a walk after his 23-game hit-streak abruptly ended on Tuesday.
Pitchers Ethan Sund (North Park) and Walker Imwalle (Davidson) were outstanding on the mound.
Sund got the Tom Sox going with an impressive start, yielding no earned runs and striking out a quintet of Lumberjacks over five innings. Sund ran into early trouble, but seemed to make the perfect pitch when it mattered.
Imwalle came in and shut the door in a tie game. The North Carolina native closed the ninth inning of play, sending the game into extras.
The Tom Sox started the game off hot, scoring two runs on base hits from Brock Edge (Florida), Francisco, and Imwalle.
The next few innings had little action, with the Tom Sox scoring only one run in the top half of the fifth. Nolan singled to left and advanced to third base after a stolen base and a fielder’s choice, where he eventually scored on a pass ball.
The Lumberjacks did most of their damage in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, where they used the two frames to swing the momentum in their favor.
The Tom Sox will look to conclude the regular season on a positive note against the Harrisonburg Turks on Thursday night. First pitch from Veterans Park is set for 7:30 p.m.