BY DORIA MARTINGAYLE
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – In the first 3 P.M. game of the season, the Charlottesville Tom Sox defeated the Purcellville Cannons on a warm Father’s Day afternoon, 17-16. The game saw multiple lead changes and several innings with three or more runs.
The Cannons started the scoring with a run in the top of the first, and the Tom Sox responded in the bottom of the third when Walker Imwalle (Davidson) put three runs on the board with his second home run of the season. The Tom Sox brought in two more runs in the frame via a trio of balks from Cannons pitcher Angel Hernandez.
After briefly trailing, the Cannons scored eleven runs in the next three innings off of ten hits. The Tom Sox came away with two runs in the fifth off an error from the Cannons’ third baseman and an RBI single from pinch hitter Ramon Garza (Cornell). Two more were added in the seventh with Cal Greenfield’s (Florida) first home run of the season, making it 12-9 heading into the eighth.
Determined to snap their four-game losing streak, the Tom Sox entered the eighth inning on a mission. With strong hits and several walks, the Tom Sox were able to pull even with the Cannons at 12 runs apiece before the Cannons’ pitcher hit Garza with the bases loaded, scoring Dan Harwood (Wooster) to take the lead 13-12. Cayman Richardson (Virginia) hit a two-run single to later in the eighth, which saw seven total runs and 11 total batters from the ‘Sox.
The Cannons came back fiercely in the top of the 9th, from down 16-12 to tying the game.
The effort wasn’t enough, however, as Kirby McMullen (Florida) drilled a walk-off home run to left field to end the near-four hour game.
The 33 total runs scored over the 3:58 were the most combined runs in a game in team history, and Kirby McMullen’s five runs scored also set a team record. The 16 runs given up are also the most in a game in team history.
The Tom Sox return to action tomorrow night in Covington for a make-up game. The first pitch is set for 7 P.M.