Waynesboro Generals outlast Staunton Braves, 4-3

gens-braves3A strong outing from starting pitcher Phillip Taylor and a gutsy ninth from closer Austin Goss closed out a 4-3 win for the Waynesboro Generals over their rival Staunton Braves Tuesday night.

Taylor, a North Georgia junior, picked up the win for Waynesboro (11-3), giving up two runs on eight hits in six innings of work, striking out six and walking none.

A Michael McClellan sacrifice fly RBI put Waynesboro on the board in the top of the first. The Braves (4-8) tied it in the third on an RBI single by Hunter Thomas.

A fifth-inning RBI single by Travis Naraine and a sixth-inning double steal on which McClellan scored from third put the Generals up 3-1.

A James Vasquez RBI double in the Staunton half of the sixth cut the lead to 3-2. Waynesboro made it 4-2 on a bases-loaded walk to Colin Bennett.

It would stay that way until the ninth, when Goss, with one out, walked Thomas, then gave up a single to Gunnar McNeil that center fielder Chase Hamilton misplayed, allowing the runners to advance to second and third.

A Vasquez RBI single made it 4-3, and left runners on the corners for the Braves with still just the one out. Goss bore down and struck out Tommy Williams for the second out, and then induced a pop fly to first from Bobby San Martin to finish it out.

The save was the Valley League-leading seventh of the season for Goss, a 6’8”, 225-pound freshman righthander from USC-Upstate.

Waynesboro returns home to Kate Collins Field Wednesday to host Woodstock. First pitch is at 7 p.m.

More online at www.WaynesboroGenerals.net.


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