UVA's Richardson making most of summer with Sox

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Cayman Richardson has enjoyed the chance to stay in Charlottesville this summer and play for the Tom Sox.

"It's honestly been really cool, just to come out here and see some of the same faces that I see over at the UVA games, and just the whole community feel," said Richardson, a rising senior at Virginia who played in the Cal Ripken League in Maryland after his freshman year, and the Northwoods League in Michigan last summer.

As the catalyst at the top of the Tom Sox lineup, Richardson has spent the summer giving those fans plenty to cheer about.

Richardson has played in 25 games for the Sox -- and gotten at least one hit in 19 of them. He got on the bus for Purcellville on Tuesday with an eight-game hitting streak. Richardson's 29 runs scored were second in the Valley League, while his .396 batting average and 40 hits both ranked fourth. His .465 on-base percentage was seventh in the league.

"He's one of those guys you want to try to get as many at-bats in the game as you can," said Tom Sox head coach Corey Hunt. "To get him on base, to get some stolen bases. To get some things going."

"It's honestly been a lot of fun," Richardson said. "I hit in the two-hole my sophomore year, so coming over here and being able to lead off and set the tempo for the game has been something I've enjoyed a lot."

At UVA, Richardson has appeared in 117 games the past three seasons, including 94 starts. He hit a career-best .270 in 51 games this past spring. The opening-day shortstop as a freshman for the Cavaliers in 2017, Richardson has also started college games at third base and all three outfield positions.

That versatility in the field has been on display with the Tom Sox this summer, with Richardson seeing time in both center field and second base. Hunt says Richardson has used the same quiet approach with the Sox that he takes the field with across town with the Wahoos.

"He's not one of those guys that's rah-rah," Hunt said. "He'll sit down and think about what he needs to do to compete. He's that quiet competitor."

"A lot of people come out here and they feel like summer ball should be completely different that school ball. Because you play so many games during the regular season and this is kind of just your chance to lay back and have fun," said Richardson. "I mean, at the same time it is, but you still have to approach it as, I have to get better each day."

The Sox headed to Purcellville on Tuesday with a 20-13 record this summer, 2 1/2 games behind first-place Waynesboro in the South Division with nine games left on the regular season schedule. Before boarding the bus, Richardson said he had one goal down the stretch -- and it had nothing to do with hit streaks or other statistics.

"Just continue to find ways to win ballgames," he said. "We went on a streak a little bit until we lost a couple nights ago. I think just finding ways to win ballgames down the stretch is going to help us coming toward playoffs, and then in playoffs, obviously."



 
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