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Charlottesville Tom Sox Win Valley Baseball League Championship, Beat Strasburg 2-1

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The Tom Sox celebrate their first ever VBL championship The Tom Sox celebrate their first ever VBL championship
Tom Sox are the 2017 Valley Baseball League champions Tom Sox are the 2017 Valley Baseball League champions
The Sox finish with a record of 38-11 The Sox finish with a record of 38-11

The Charlottesville Tom Sox won their first ever Valley Baseball League championship Tuesday night beating Strasburg 2-1.

Charlottesville's Michael DeRenzi hit a single to center field in the bottom of the eighth inning scoring Michael Wielansky for the game-winning run.

"I was happy that we got that run across but I was still thinking in the back of my head, we got to shut them down," says DeRenzi.

Charlottesville wins despite only getting six hits.  Strasburg had nine hits.  The two teams combined to strand 27 runners.

Strasburg put two runners on base in the ninth inning but couldn't score, as winning pitcher Rick Spiers gloved a comebacker and threw to first for the final out.

The Tom Sox win the best-of-three series 2-1. 

"I'm going to go back and watch the video of the last play of the game and the smile on my face at first base just shows what this summer meant," says first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino. "For anybody that watches that video, you're going to see what it took to get to where we are."

"These players have worked hard all summer," says Tom Sox manager Corey Hunt. "They deserve the credit that they're getting tonight and I know the fans came out in droves tonight. We had over 2,000 fans tonight."

"Everybody local comes out and supports us," says pitcher Connor Gillispie. "People playing summer ball see this and this is where they want to go because it’s a great town, we get lots of fans and we win." 

Vinnie caught that second out, right before he handed you the ball. Did he say anything to you?

"Yeah, he said, 'we got this' and he 'believed in me,'" says pitcher Rick Spiers. "I just went out there, tried my best and hoped my team would back me up for it."

Can you do much better in summer league, VBL Player of the Year and VBL Champion?

"I don't know," says infielder Michael Wielansky. "I don't think so. It was a special summer and it was great!"

Strasburg was the 2-time defending VBL champion.

A crowd of 2,154 showed up at C-Ville Weekly Ballpark to watch the game.

The Tom Sox finish the season with a record of 38-11.