CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The Tom Sox let a three-run lead get away with a sloppy fifth inning. They found away to redeem themselves in the ninth.
The Sox rallied from an 8-4 hole with five runs in the ninth inning -- capped by a walk-off single by Luke Coker -- to beat Staunton 9-8 Friday night. That ninth inning rally also included an RBI single from Thomas Francisco, and a three-run double by Walker Imwalle.
The Tom Sox put up 12 hits as a team, including three from Cayman Richardson and two apiece from Francisco, Imwalle, Coker and Christian Hlinka. Francisco and Hlinka both had RBI singles in the first, and Richardson drove in a run with a two-out single in the second as the Sox got out to a 3-0 lead.
That lead disappeared quickly in the fifth inning, as Staunton sent 12 batters to the plate and put up seven runs. Jack Friedman and Luke Burton each walked in a run with the bases loaded, while the Braves also scored a run on a Coker throwing error, an infield hit by Caleb Brophy and a two-run single by Chet Moore.
The Sox got one back in the bottom of the fifth when Hlinka scored on a dropped fly ball by Moore in left field, off the bat of Imwalle.
Imwalle (1-0) also got the win on the mound for the Tom Sox after striking out two of the three batters he faced in the top of the ninth.