Both games were played last night, with one series ending and another extending.
- Waynesboro 12, Charlottesville 7 (Series tied, 1-1)
After two days of waiting for the skies to clear and dirt to dry, the Waynesboro Generals outlasted Charlottesville to send their series to a deciding third game.
The Generals’ lineup, led by Hunter Johnson (3-5, 2 runs) and Andrew Orzel (2-2, run, 4 RBIs), put up crooked numbers in 4 different innings to make sure this series went the distance. The Generals also took advantage of some uncharacteristically sloppy play by the Tom Sox, walking 5 times, getting hit 4 times (Tyler Bielamowicz was hit 3 times!), and, for example, scoring runs on wild pitches and hit-by-pitches. The Sox also committed 3 errors in the field.
Alex Harper-Cook received the win for this one after 1 2/3 innings pitched in relief, and Austin Hohm and Tyler Thompson threw effectively out of the pen. (This was Thompson’s last game in the Valley- he heads home today.)
The Tom Sox were led at the plate by Zac Ching, who went 4-5 with a big 3-run home run in the 3rd inning, momentarily giving his team the lead. He also hit a double and stole a base.
The loss went to Evan Justice, who gave up 6 runs in 2 innings.
The teams meet tonight in Charlottesville to decide who will go on to face the Covington Lumberjacks in the South Division finals, starting, hopefully, on Friday.
- New Market 5, Winchester 3 (Rebels win the series, 2-0)
After a delay of some time, the Rebels won their 11th game in a row, sending the team to the Finals for the first time since 2005.
Winchester’s tough luck loser Ruben Ramirez did his best, no-hitting the Rebels for 4 innings before Henry Moore singled home Adan Fernandez with 2 outs in the 5th. The Rebs struck for three in the 6th off reliever James Grant, the big blow being a 2-run home run by Oraj Anu, while the third run scored on a Marc Coffers suicide squeeze.
The Royals made it close by scoring 2 unearned runs in their half of the 6th, when Aaron Palensky scored on an error, and Chris Salvey scored on a wild pitch.
Ryan Andrzejczyk got the win after 5 shutout innings, and Anthony Trevato, Trevin Eubanks and Jacinto Arredondo finished it off for the Rebels out of the pen.
The Rebels will now wait for the South to get caught up; the Generals and Tom Sox need to finish their series, and the winner plays a best-of-three against Covington. The finals will start on either Sunday or Monday, barring any more rainouts.
Waynesboro at Charlottesville (7 PM)