By Tyler Fannin
The Charlottesville Tom Sox (22-13) defeated the Harrisonburg Turks (14-21) 3-2 in a game that featured solid pitching and outstanding defense.
Jasper Carmichael (Johns Hopkins) made his debut for the Tom Sox and earned the win after five scoreless innings pitched. Carmichael struck out five Turks and allowed just one hit in a rare five-inning outing.
Fellow Blue Jay, Matthew Dillard, relieved Carmichael at the top of the sixth inning. After seven scoreless innings the Turks sent a home run over the fences to make the score 2-1 Tom Sox. Harrisonburg added a run in the top of the ninth, but it was not enough.
Alaska Abney (Coastal Carolina) came in relief in the ninth inning, and struck out three batters.
There was a heavy Johns Hopkins flavor at C-VILLE Weekly Ballpark on Friday night In addition to the two Blue Jay pitchers, catcher James Ingram made his first career start for the Tom Sox.
Charlottesville jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning. Cayman Richardson (UVA) extended his hit streak to 11 games with a deep double to lead things off. Then, Thomas Francisco (ECU) continued to write history with a single extending his hit streak to a whopping 20 games. This gave the Tom Sox a 2-0 lead right off the bat.
Charlottesville got an insurance run after the Turks walked a batter to make it 3-1 Tom Sox going into the ninth inning. Trey McDyre (Liberty) led the Tom Sox with two hits and two RBI.
The Tom Sox will be back in action Saturday night on the road at Covington at 7 PM. They will be back at C-Ville Weekly Ballpark on Sunday night against Front Royal again at 7 PM.