By Maddie McNamee – @maddmcnamee
The Harrisonburg Turks defeated the Charlottesville Tom Sox 3-2 in 10 innings on Thursday night (July 25) to mark the end of the regular season for both sides. The Tom Sox now advance to the playoffs for a third consecutive season while the Turks’ season comes to a disappointing end, missing the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons. The majority of the game was an unusually quiet way to wrap up the regular season; however, some late excitement was anything but ordinary for the ‘Sox.
Maddison Furman (VCU) started on the mound for Charlottesville, facing Harrisonburg for the third time this season. Furman pitched four complete innings and gave up two runs (one earned), striking out four.
Thomas Francisco (East Carolina) began a new hit streak, leading off his 2-for-5 night with a single in the first inning. He had his second hit of the night in the third, marking his second consecutive multi-hit night since ending his record-setting 23-game streak on Tuesday.
The Turks got things going in the bottom of the third, putting two on with no outs. Matthew Larson singled and then Nick Zona mirrored the action to advance Larson to second. Larson then scored off an RBI sac fly to Cayman Richardson (Virginia) in center field, who had an impressive catch to prevent further damage. Zona then stole second to move to scoring position. Furman walked Josh Madole, then Zona scored off a throwing error to make the game 2-0 in favor of the home team.
Furman quickly recovered in the fourth, going 3-up, 3-down to end his night. Peyton Glavine (Auburn) came in to pitch the 5th for the ‘Sox, striking out two to start his night as part of a 1-2-3 fifth inning. His impressive pitching continued, not giving up a run through three complete innings.
Remarkable pitching was the theme of the night for both squads. Kyle Kingsbury (Lebanon Valley) made his Tom Sox debut and made his mark on the team with a 2.2-inning first outing. He pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th, but ultimately picked up the loss in the 10th.
Eli Ellington started for the Turks, pitching six scoreless innings. Branden Kunz came in in the 7th for Harrisonburg and closed it out, only allowing two runs off a late Charlottesville rally. Austin Mueller (IUP) led off the ninth with a double, then Dan Harwood (Wooster) got the ‘Sox on the board with an RBI triple to score Mueller. Alex Fedje-Johnson (Davidson) walked to put runners on the corners, then stole second to put two runners in scoring position. Harwood was able to score one off of a wild pitch to tie the game, but the ‘Sox were unable to capitalize further.
The Turks could not resemble the Tom Sox’s exponential offense in their half of the ninth, leading to extra innings. Kunz came out for the 10th and did not allow a run in a 3-up, 3-down inning, giving his team the chance to come back in the bottom of the frame. Harrisonburg got their offense moving again with another single by Madole, followed by a fielder’s choice by Jed Bryant which eliminated Madole. Bryant then stole second to put one in scoring position. Aaron Levy was the final batter of the night, hitting an RBI single to walk off the game and score Bryant, securing the victory for the Turks.
Thursday night’s game was the second consecutive night of extra innings for Charlottesville, and ultimately their third straight loss. The Tom Sox look to get back on the winning side Sunday (July 28) as they host either Staunton or Covington to begin the playoffs. First pitch will be at C-VILLE Weekly Ballpark at 7 p.m.
|July 25, 2019||7:30 pm||Valley Summer League||2019||90'|
|229-283 South High Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, USA|
|Charlottesville Tom Sox||2||Loss|