CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- One week into the summer, the Tom Sox have the best record in the Valley League.
Charlottesville completed an unbeaten three-game homestand with Friday night's 7-2 win against Waynesboro. By beating the Generals, the Tom Sox -- who ran their winning streak to five straight after an opening night loss at Harrisonburg -- became the last one-loss team in the Valley League. Waynesboro and the Sox began the night tied for the best record in the league at 4-1.
Five Tom Sox pitchers combined to limit Waynesboro to two runs on eight hits Friday night, with six strikeouts and just two walks.
Both of the Generals' runs and both Tom Sox walks allowed were charged to Sam Crawford, who also gave up two hits and recorded just one out in the eighth. After walking in a run, Crawford was pulled in favor of side-winding Covenant School graduate Luke Burton. Burton got a strikeout with the bases loaded, then walked in another run on a hit batter before escaping the jam with a grounder to first to preserve the 4-2 Tom Sox lead.
Starter Carden Mellown (1-1) got the win for Charlottesville after giving up four hits and striking out one in four scoreless innings. Alex Tyson (0-1) was charged with four runs on five hits in three innings of work to take the loss for Waynesboro.
The Sox got RBI doubles from Josh Simon in the third and Michael Nickles in the bottom of the eighth as part of an eight-hit night.