Big seventh inning pushes Waynesboro past ‘Jacks
The Generals scored seven times in the lucky number seven inning to turn a 3-2 lead into a 9-3 win over the visiting Covington Lumberjacks.
Waynesboro starter Seth Lucio was masterful until his final pitch in the seventh, when a two-run, two-out single off the bat of Ashton Paige gave the Lumberjacks a 3-2 lead.
Before the first pitch to Paige in that at-bat, Lucio had given up a run on three hits, but an uncharacteristic four walks – Lucio had surrendered just four walks in 25 and two-thirds innings coming in – came back to bite him in the seventh.
But the Generals turned things around quickly in the bottom of the seventh, tying the game at 3 on an RBI single by Caleb Palensky, then taking a 4-3 lead when Bradley Noland scored from third on a wild pitch.
A two-run single by Austin Johnston scored Palensky and Ryan Breen to make it 6-3, and then three batters later Julian Ridings hit a bases-clearing three-run double that blew the game open.
Joseph Lucas (1-0) got the win in relief for Waynesboro, which maintains a half-game lead in the South Division with the win.
The Generals travel to New Market Friday night.