Tom Sox Beat Strasburg 4-1 to Win Valley Baseball League Championship
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Tom Sox beat Strasburg 4-1 to win the Valley Baseball League championship on Wednesday at Cville Weekly Ballpark.
Charlottesville swept the Express in the three game series to
win the VBL title for the second time in the last three years.
Head coach Corey Hunt says, "I'm excited for our guys. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. They come up here, and spend their summer here for two months, they build the relationships that they get, and then they put themselves in an opportunity to win a championship, and they come through. I'm just excited for them, and very happy for those guys."
First baseman Thomas Francisco adds, "Going into summer ball, you just want to get better, and be able to help your team out. I think everybody on our team improved this summer, and we're excited for the future. You're here so long, and you want to win, and when you come out on top, it's always nice."
Francisco batted a league-leading .412 for Charlottesville during the regular season, and he hit an even .400 in the playoffs.
The Tom Sox jumped out to the early lead against the Express on Wednesday night, as they scored two runs in the 1st inning, and added another on a Paul Giacomazzi single in the 2nd.
Strasburg scored a run in the 4th inning to cut the lead to 3-1, but Francisco singled home Cal Greenfield with an insurance run in the 7th.
Sam Crawford pitched 5.1 innings of scoreless relief for Charlottesville. The junior from Georgia Tech had five strikeouts, including the final out of the game.
The Tom Sox have won the VBL championship twice since the franchise was formed in 2015, and they have played in the finals in each of the last three seasons.