Dodson's walk-off single pushes Royals past Tom Sox
WINCHESTER -- Two hits. That is what it took for Winchester to beat the Charlottesville Tom Sox on Sunday night. The second hit, a walk-off single off the bat of Michael Dodson, was much more thrilling than the first, and infield single from Aaron Palensky in the fourth.
Palensky drew a one-out walk and represented the winning run in a 1-1 tie in the ninth inning. Chad Feely advanced his teammate to second with a soft grounder to the pitcher. Seeing that Dodson was in the on-deck circle and had three strikeouts earlier in the game, Charlottesville elected to intentionally walk Samyr Santos.
Just as fast as he entered the batters box, Dodson sprinted past first base only to have his teammates meet him at second base with a shower of chants. He slashed a first pitch line drive to right field to bring in Palensky and give Winchester a victory over Charlottesville at Bridgeforth Field, 2-1.
There was virtually no offensive attack from either team, as Charlottesville tallied but four hits themselves. All hits and one run was charged to starting pitcher Dylan Gentry, who went six innings and struck out five while walking three.
After recording the first two outs of the fourth, the southpaw allowed three consecutive two-out hits as the Tom Sox plated the first run of the game. Gentry pitched out of a bases loaded situation and recorded his next six outs in order in the no-decision.
Winchester tied the game in the sixth with some situational and savvy base running. Jordan Huntley reached on a error to start, while Masen Prososky bunted him over to second. Huntley then stole third base and Johnny Butler lifted a sacrifice fly deep enough to score his teammate.
Bryan Whitacre, although pitching three scoreless innings out of the bullpen, nearly let down upon entering in the seventh. After committing an error to start, he hit the next two batters to load the bases with none out.
Although, he induced a fly ball that was not quite deep enough to score the runner from third. The next batter sent a line drive that Masen Prososky impressively snagged at second base and doubled up the runner at second base to end the inning and preserve the tie.
Whitacre settled down and sat the next six batters down in order to set the stage for Dodson.
Winchester (19-18) hosts Strasburg at Bridgeforth on Tuesday night. Ruben Ramirez gets the ball in attempt to send the Royals to the playoffs. First pitch is at 7 p.m.