By Seth Orensky
Jerod Edmondson had a monster week for the Tornadoes, bashing three, two-run home runs and crossing the plate six times. For the week, Edmondson hit .260 (6-for-23) and recorded seven RBI while reaching base in six out of the seven games. The Johnson City, New York native’s home run in the fifth inning Saturday’s game gave the Tornadoes the lead for good in helping the Tornadoes take down the Rockland Boulders 7-2. He also added a pair of highlight reel defensive plays in the center field in support of Kevin Cooper Saturday, including crashing into the center field fence Saturday to help stem a Boulders rally in the top of the first inning.
Reliever Mike Gedman only made one appearance for the Tornadoes this week but it was a vital one. Gedman made the longest appearance of his career Thursday against the Quebec Capitales, by going four innings in relief of Ryan Bicondoa. After the Capitales jumped out on top of the Tornadoes 7-1 after three innings, Gedman allowed just three hits and one run over the course of the next four innings to give the Tornadoes a chance to get back into the game, and to keep the rest of the team’s pitching staff fresh for their hectic upcoming home stand. The four-inning relief appearance was the longest relief appearance of any Tornadoes reliever this year.