Tom Sox host Women in Sports Appreciation night
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS)-- The summer may be winding down but the Tom Sox are not. After completing their 9th game in the past 7 days, the boys of the summer return home Monday for Women in Sports Appreciation night.
"I think so much of the recognition just is always based on men's sports and so just having a time where it's bringing more focus to women to say like hey we deserve a night too," said Tom Sox intern and UVA junior cheerleader Abby Cebula, "Just because the men get more doesn't mean that we shouldn't get any and so it's just really special to feel like you have a purpose here and you're making a difference for all the little girls that are watching and want to do collegiate sports when they're older too."
The second game of Monday night's twin bill against the Woodstock River Bandits will serve to honor female athletes, women in sports and Tom Sox female interns. Former UVA women's lacrosse coach Julie Meyers is scheduled to throw out the first pitch 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.
"I think it's really cool that a boy's team is celebrating women in sports," said Tom Sox intern and UVA junior lacrosse player Shannon Garvey, "Because it shows that we're united even though it's two different games, two different genders, but it's awesome just feeling the support from them and from the fans and it's great recognition especially because a lot of the other interns are also women in sports."
With playoffs quickly approaching the Tom Sox are currently ranked 2nd in the Valley League Baseball standings. After Saturday night's loss against the Express, Charlottesville hit the road for a doubleheader against the Royals. There the Sox had no trouble getting runs across the plate as they notched a 10-0 shutout to start the day. Charlottesville just couldn't hang on to that momentum though as they lost game two 7-5, splitting the series with the Royals 2-2. Now they turn their attention back home for Woman in Sports Night.
"I think it's important to spread awareness just about that anybody can play sports whether you're a little girl or a Tom Sox baseball player," said Tom Sox intern and UVA junior lacrosse player Abby Jansen, "I think it's awesome that the Tom Sox are using a night to dedicate to women."
The first pitch for game one against the River Bandits is slated for 4 p.m., with the second game to follow 30 minutes after.