By: Tanner Wood
The Charlottesville Tom Sox used two big innings to defeat the Front Royal Cardinals 9-4 on Sunday night.
Thomas Francisco (East Carolina) extended his record-setting hit-streak to 22 games. Francisco finished his night at the plate with that being his only hit of the night but he did drive in three RBI’s.
Another member of the Tom Sox continued his hit-streak at the plate. Cayman Richardson (Virginia) extended his streak to an impressive, 13 games. Richardson finished the contest at the plate with that being his only hit but walked twice and scored three times.
Paul Giacomazzi (Rhodes College) turned in a stellar debut for the Tom Sox. Giacomazzi had three hits, had three RBI’s and scored anadditional run.
Pitchers Joe Sprake (Elon) and Sam Crawford (Georgia Tech) had great nights on the bump .
Sprake got the Tom Sox going with an impressive start, yielding only one earned run while striking out four Cardinal batters. Crawford came into the game to start the fourth inning and had a very impressive night, allowing no runs in his five-inning relief appearance. He struck out six batters and allowed just three hits in the winning effort. Catcher Josh Simon (VCU) came in and shut the door of the rallying Cardinals in the ninth inning, as he relived Ramon Garza (Cornell) for the final two outs of the game.
Trey McDyre (Liberty) began the night with an RBI single to left, scoring Richardson and giving Charlottesville an early 1-0 lead after one inning of play. Front Royal scored in the top of the second to tie the game, before the Tom Sox got rolling in the bottom half of the frame. There, Francisco hit a bases-clearing double, scoring Alex Fedje-Johnson (Davidson), Giacomszzi, and Richardson, giving the Tom Sox a 4-1 lead.
The third and fourth innings saw less action, but McDyre added to his stellar hitting performance with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the fifth. McDyre had three hits in four at-bats with the big fly in the fifth to help the Tom Sox keep their foot on the gas. He tallied two RBI’s while also scoring twice in the Tom Sox victory.
The sixth inning played a large part in Sunday night’s game, as the Tom Sox batted around the lineup scoring four times on three hits. Richardson started the inning off with one of his two walks followed by singles from Garza and McDyre. Richardson scored after Dan Harwood (Wooster) walked and put the Tom Sox up 6-1. The Tom Sox stayed hot in the inning with a hit from Giacomazzi that gave Charlottesville a 9-1 lead.
The Cardinals came storming back in the ninth inning, scoring four times before Simon halted the rally.
The Tom Sox are back in action at home on Monday night against the VBL North Division-leading Strasburg Express.