Written by Michael Kerr
The Waynesboro Generals won their 2nd straight game against The Staunton Braves here at Kate Collins Field 10-7, and now have won 3 in a row against their rival. Grant Buckner had a big night going 4-5, a double and a RBI. Brandon Sizemore once again had a hot night going 3-5, 3 singles, 3 stolen bases and had 2 RBI's. Ryan Adams and Evan Webb both had 2 RBI's, and Gabriel Saade had 3 runs along with Derek Hamblen who had 2 runs.
Waynesboro had a 8-0 lead up until the 5th when the Braves got it within 3 runs to make it a 8-5 game and got no closer than 3 runs. Andy Altemus got the win going 5 1/3 innings, gave up 4 runs on 5 hits, with 4 K's and 4 walks. Altemus is now (7-1) and has to be in the mix for pitcher of the year along with Adam Liberatore for Waynesboro. At a crucial time in the 8th inning when Chris Enourato who came in relief for Altemus, "Pistol" Pete Vandenbout did walk one batter but got the next 3 Braves out on strikeouts. Daniel Wiltz pitched the 9th only going 1/3 of a inning and Kaleb Fleck finished the last 2/3 of the game. Fleck got the save for the Generals. Gerald Sokolis for the Staunton Braves got the loss going 3 2/3 innings, giving up 8 runs on 9 hits, striking out 2 and walked two. Sokolis is now (4-4)
Going now into the final weekend before the playoffs start, The Waynesboro Generals (29-13) will be off tomorrow and rest up before another game this time in Staunton (23-19). The Braves will be at Covington (22-20). The match-up with the Braves and Lumberjacks looks to be a huge battle for 5th place going into the playoffs. The Generals are still alive for the #1 seed and will be keeping a close eye on the Luray Wranglers (29-11) versus Fauquier Gators (25-15) doubleheader match-up tomorrow.
Waynesboro for the regular season did finish with the best home record in the league going (18-4). They are also (19-0) when score 6 or more runs and (4-0) in extra inning games. Great stats going into the playoffs come next week. If the Generals also win the final two regular season games at Staunton and Luray they will finish with a better record this year that last, with last year record being (30-13-1)
My last regular season blog will come tomorrow for you die-hard General fans and I will have a recap of Game 1 of the playoffs when the day comes!