TOM SOX DOMINATE CANNONS 18-3
By Doria Martingayle
PURCELLVILLE, Va. — The Tom Sox used an impressive offensive showing Wednesday night to pick up their second win of the season against the Purcellville Cannons and score the second-most runs in team history.
It was a night full of records and hits in Purcellville as the Tom Sox put up 18 runs against the Cannons. Christian Hlinka (Virginia) tied for sixth in team history for hits in a game with four on the night. Alex Fedje-Johnson (Davidson) tied the team record for walks in a game with four, and Thomas Francisco (East Carolina) extended his hit-streak to 15 games. Francisco’s hit-streak is now two games shy of tying Dupree Hart’s team record set in 2016.
After a scoreless first inning, Devin Warner (Auburn) got the Tom Sox started with a two-run double in the top of the second. RBI singles from Fedje-Johnson and Cayman Richardson (Virginia) put the Tom Sox ahead 4-0 after two innings.
The third and fourth innings saw no runs from either team, but the Tom Sox caught on fire in the fifth with a two-run homer from Hlinka; his third of the season. In the sixth, the Tom Sox brought in four more runs off a single from Francisco, an error, and a two-run single from Brock Edge (Florida).
The Cannons finally got on the board with two solo home runs and a run off of a rundown in the bottom of the sixth. The Tom Sox immediately answered with a second consecutive four-run inning. RBIs from Ramon Garza (Cornell), Francisco, Hlinka as well as an error by the Cannons put the Tom Sox up 14-3 after seven.
The Tom Sox finished the night with RBI singles from Richardson and Hlinka as well as a sacrifice fly from Francisco in the eighth. The final run came in the top of the ninth off an RBI single by Garza.
Starting pitcher, Devin Hemenway (Florida), threw for five innings – a feat no Tom Sox pitcher had accomplished so far this season. Hemenway held the Cannons to just four hits, threw five strikeouts, and kept them scoreless through all five innings.
The Tom Sox have an off day on Thursday and will return to action on Friday at C-VILLE Weekly Ballpark when they take on the Covington Lumberjacks on Library Night.