Sox narrow gap in South with another win

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The Tom Sox are making a push for a division title in the final week of the Valley League regular season.

Monday's 8-3 win at home against Strasburg was the 10th victory in the last 12 games for the Sox, who improved to 25-14 on the summer. Waynesboro's visit to Covington on Monday was rained out, meaning the Sox moved back within two games of the first-place Generals in the South Division standings with a visit to Waynesboro on the schedule for Tuesday.

The Sox got three hits apiece on Monday from Thomas Francisco -- who extended his team-record hitting streak to 23 straight games with a first inning single -- and Christian Hlinka, plus two hits apiece from Ramon Garza, Trey McDyre and James Ingram. Hlinka drove in three runs, while McDyre drove in a pair with a two-run home run in the fifth inning. Francisco scored three times.

Cayman Richardson's 13-game hitting streak came to an end with an 0-for-4 night at the plate -- though Richardson did keep Strasburg off the board with a diving catch in center field that robbed Zach Scott of a hit and ended the fourth inning.

Carden Mellown (3-2) picked up the win for the Tom Sox after throwing five shutout innings. Mellown didn't give up a hit until the fourth inning, and finished with two hits allowed and a pair of walks, with two strikeouts.