The rains came to Charlottesville last night- boy, did they ever- and it pushed game three between Covington and the Tom Sox back a day to tonight (7 p.m.). The game in Strasburg started late, but much to the Express’s chagrin, it started….

Woodstock 18, Strasburg 7 (Bandits lead series, 1-0)

Well, we all knew they could hit, but when this River Bandit lineup gets rolling, it’s like that huge stone in Raiders of the Lost Ark, just smashing everything in its path.

Last night in Strasburg, the Bandits scored two in the first, and then four in each of theWoodstock second, third, and fourth innings, inundating the Express with 12 hits and 14 runs in just the first four frames. Things may have slowed after that, but the Bandits ended the gane with 20 hits, six walks, and 18 runs.

There were eye-popping numbers up and down the lineup. Willy Escala walked three times. Aidan Nagle went 3-6, with three runs, two home runs, and five RBIs. Caleb Ward went a ridiculous 5-6, with two runs, a double, and two RBIs. Josh Jones went 2-3, with two runs, a double, and an RBI. Connor Hood, who replaced Jones in the fifth inning, went 1-3 with a two-run home run. Andrew Puglielli went 4-6, with two runs, a double, home run, and four RBIs. Isaac Quinones went 3-6, with two runs, a double, and an RBI, and Jaylon Deshazier went 2-4, with two runs, a hit-by-pitch, home run, walk, and three RBIs.

On the pitching side, starter Seth Konkel threw four shutout innings, and Hunter Hoopes finished the game with 2.1 shutout innings in relief.

All that adds up to a first-game blowout.

The Express fought gamely, scoring seven runs in the middle innings, with five coming on two home runs- a three-run shot by Sonny Dicharia, and a two-run blast by Josiah Ortiz. But of course, when that huge stone gets rolling….

The Bandits are now one victory away from the franchise’s first ever appearance in the finals. The teams play tonight at Woodstock at 7 p.m. (weather permitting).

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