Results from Wednesday July 19

Six games played last night….

Scores

Charlottesville 12, Front Royal 7
Waynesboro 5, Purcellville 4
Winchester 5, Charlottesville 4
Harrisonburg 6, Woodstock 3
New Market 7, Strasburg 6
Staunton 8, Covington 4

Hitter of the Day

Michel Wielansky Charlottesvile 2017Several worthy candidates from last night, but the best game belongs to the young man who is making a strong case for MVP of the league- Charlottesville’s Michael Wielansky, from Wooster. Michael went 3-4, with a run, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, a double, and a home run. After the day-night doubleheader, Michael is hitting 425/490/612 in 134 at-bats, with 13 doubles, 3 triples, and 2 home runs.

Others of Note

Ari Sechopoulos, Charlottesville, game 1: 3-4, 2 runs, BB, 2 2B
Ari Sechopoulos, game 2: 2-3, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B
Haiden Lamb, Charlottesville: 2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs
Steven Carpenter, Charlottesville: 1-2, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, 3 BB, SB
Jordan Greene, Front Royal: 2-4, 3 RBIs, BB
Reid Long, Waynesboro: 4-5, run, RBI, 2 2B, SB
Trevin Esquerra, Purcellville: 3-5, 3 runs, 3B
Trey McDyre, Purcellville: 4-5, RBI
Adam Whitacre, Purcellville: 2-4, BB, 2B
Dillon Reed, Winchester: 3-5, run
Ty Andrus, Harrisonburg: 4-5, run, RBI
Sean Scales, Strasburg: 4-6, run, 2 2B
Jacob Hirsh, Strasburg: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB, SB
Chase Sudduth, New Market: 2-3, run, 4 RBIs, 2 BB, SB
Connor Corbitt, New Market: 2-4, BB
Max Wood, Staunton: 3-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2B, HR
Jay Charleston, Staunton: 2-3, 2 runs, RBI, BB, 2 SB (31 on the year)

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Harrisonburg’s Grant Stewart, from Florida State! Grant threw 6 effectiveGrant Stewart Florida State 2017 innings against Woodstock, allowing 3 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, and striking out 10. He is now 0-2, 5.71 in 17 1/3 innings this summer.

Others of Note

Parker Dyson, Purcellville: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K’s
Jared Drayton, Winchester: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s, win
Mark Delas, Woodstock: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 Er, 1 BB, 5 K’s
Keven Pimentel, New Market: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K’s
Deacon Medders, Staunton: 7.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K’s, win

Tonight’s Games

Purcellville at Charlottesville, double header, 5 PM and 730 PM
Woodstock at Covington
Winchester at Staunton
Front Royal at Harrisonburg

A Look at the Standings

We’re nearing the end of the regular season, so it may be time to take a look at the league standings. This info is, of course, available on the league’s website, but let’s take a look at what’s up….

North W L Pct. GB
1 Purcellville 22 11 0.667
2 New Market 20 15 0.571 3
3 Strasburg 17 17 0.500 5.5
4 Winchester 16 18 0.471 6.5
5 Front Royal 16 19 0.457 7
6 Woodstock 12 21 0.364 10

The Cannons have a good grip on the top seed here- 3 games with 9 games left. New Market is a solid #2 (with only 7 games left), and the Express (8 left), Royals (8 left), and Cardinals (7 left) are battling for the last two spots. The Cards are sinking, and the Royals are streaking. The River Bandits have a hill to climb to get back into it.

If the season ended right now, the playoffs would be:

#1 Purcellville vs #4 Winchester
#2 new Market vs #3 Strasburg

South W L Pct. GB
1 Charlottesville 23 9 0.719
2 Waynesboro 19 17 0.528 6
3 Harrisonburg 17 17 0.500 7
4 Staunton 15 20 0.429 9.5
5 Covington 10 23 0.303 13.5

This division is a little more settled, at least at the top.

The Tom Sox have clinched a playoff spot, even with 10 games left. The Generals (6 games left) and the Turks (8 left) are battling for the 2nd spot, with the Braves (7 left) looking on. The Lumberjacks aren’t eliminated from the playoffs, but they need a run in their last 9 games to catch Staunton.

If the season ended today:

#1 Charlottesville vs #4 Staunton
#2 Waynesboro vs #3 Harrisonburg

Charlottesville is 1.5 games ahead of Purcellville for the top overall seed as well.

Results from Tuesday July 18

Scores

Covington at Winchester PPD
Woodstock 4, Waynesboro 3
Staunton 4, Strasburg 3 (10 innings)
New Market 16, Purcellville 4
Charlottesville 7, Front Royal 1

Hitter of the Day

Jacob Rhinesmith Indian Hills CC 2017This guy is on a tear. New Market’s Jacob Rhinesmith, from Indian Hills CC, went 3-6 last night, with 2 runs, 3 RBIs, double, home run, and stolen base. He is an insane 12-17 in his last 3 games, and is slashing 365/430/552 in 96 at-bats this summer. He is very quickly rising to join the best hitters in the league.

Others of Note

Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 3-5, run, 2 RBIs
Turner Buis, Strasburg: 2-4, run, BB, SB
Simon Landry, Strasburg: 2-5, run, 2 2B
Jake Washer, New Market: 2-4, 3 runs
Alec Aleywine, New Market: 3-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, 2B
Chase Sudduth, New Market: 3-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, BB, 2 2B
Michael Neustifter, New Market: 1-3, 3 RBIs, SF
Nolan Ritchie, Purcellville: 2-5, run, 2 2B, RBI
Trevin Esquerra, Purcellville: 2-3, RBI, BB, 2B, SF
Michael Wielansky, Charlottesville: 4-5, run, RBI
Rick Spiers, Charlottesville: 3-5, run, SB

Pitcher of the Day

A Tom Sox hurler grabbed this one- it’s Wake Forest’s Drew Loepprich, who threw 5Drew Loepprich Wake Forest 2017 shutout innings in relief last night, while allowing 1 hit, 0 walks, and striking out 2. He’s an amazing 3-0, 0.46 in 19 1/3 innings, with 12 hits allowed, 0 walks, and 17 strikeouts. ZERO WALKS. There is so much fun stuff going on this year…..

Others of Note

Jonathon Murphy, Woodstock: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K’s, win
Nick Fuchs, Woodstock: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K’s
Dean Stramara, Staunton: 3 Ip, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s, win
Derek Duffy, Staunton: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K’s
Dylan Hall, Strasburg: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 Bb, 6 K’s

Wednesday’s Games

Charlottesville at Front Royal 1 PM
Charlottesville at Winchester 7 PM
Waynesboro at Purcellville
Harrisonburg at Woodstock
Strasburg at New Market
Covington at Staunton

The Chase for .400

 

Michael Wielansky, Charlottesville: 4-5, now at .421
Dominic Canzone, Front Royal: DNP, .404 (Rumor has it Dominic has left for the summer)
McClain Bradley, Waynesboro: 1-5, now at .389
Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 3-5, now .381

Results from Monday July 17

Scores

Front Royal 6, Covington 4
Winchester 5, Waynesboro 4
Staunton 7, Charlottesville 2

Hitter of the Day

Richard Miller Towson 2017Our HOD is Staunton’s Richard Miller, from Towson! Richard went 2-3, with a run, 4 RBIs, home run, and walk. He’s now hitting 344/433/469 in 128 at-bats this summer, with a solid 19/21 BB/K ratio.

Others of Note

James Cosentino, Waynesboro: 2-4, run, RBI, BB, 2B
Dillon Reed, Winchester: 3-5, run, RBI
Michael Wielansky, Charlottesville: 2-3, run, RBI, BB, HR
Rick Spiers, Charlottesville: 2-3, BB, 2B
Max Wood, Staunton: 3-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is also from Staunton- William & Mary’s Wade Strain! Wade threw 6 innings Wade Strain William and Mary 2017against the Tom Sox, allowing 6 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and striking out 4. He’s now 2-4, 6.75 in 29 1/3 innings this summer.

Others of Note

Keagan McGinnis, Front Royal: 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K’s
Emilio Valdes, Covington: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Layne Looney, Charlottesville: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K’s

Tuesday’s Games

Front Royal at Charlottesville
New Market at Purcellville
Waynesboro at Woodstock
Staunton at Strasburg
Covington at Winchester

Adams Makes MLB Debut

Austin Adams Nationals 2017The 205th Valley League alumnus to make his major league debut is Austin Adams, who pitched in Staunton in 2011!

Austin has been a strikeout machine in the minor leagues since he was drafted in the 8th round in 2012 by the Los Angeles Angels. Over 254 1/3 minor league innings, he has struck out 334 batters. Of course, the problem lies with his control- he’s also walked 185 in that time.

Austin made his major league debut on Saturday, July 15, for the Nationals against the Cincinnati Reds. He entered the game in the 8th inning of a 10-0 game. The inning, ah, did not go well. Perhaps Austin was a bit ramped up, but he faced five batters and did not record an out. He gave up 1 hit, walked 2, hit a batter, and a hitter reached on an error.

Hopefully Adams will get a second shot at pitching in the big leagues soon!

Results from Sunday, July 16

Scores

Covington 4, Staunton 3
Waynesboro 8, Charlottesville 4
Winchester 10, Front Royal 5
Strasburg 9, Woodstock 8
Harrisonburg 7, New Market 5

Hitter of the Day

Turner Buis Coastal Carolina 2017It’s Turner Buis, from Strasburg and Coastal Carolina! Turner went 2-5 last night, with 3 runs scored, an RBI, a triple, and a home run. Turner is now hitting 250/388/370 in 100 at-bats. He has 24 walks in 25 games played!

Others of Note

Sebastian Dunn, Covington: 2-3, run, BB
Bryce Windham, Charlottesville: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB
Steven Carpenter, Charlottesville: 2-3, BB, 2B
Reid Long, Waynesboro: 1-3, run, 5 RBIs, HR, SF
Dillon Reed, Winchester: 1-2, 4 runs, 3 BB, 3 SB
Kyle Vesnesky, Winchester: 2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 2B
Simon Landry, Strasburg: 2-3, RBI, BB
Tyler Martin, Strasburg: 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, HR
Connor Golden, Woodstock: 2-5, RBI, BB, 2B
Kole Harris, Woodstock: 3-4, 2 runs, 2B
Jacob Rhinesmith, New Market: 3-5, 2 runs (9-11 in his last 2 games!)
Joe Lytle, Harrisonburg: 3-5, RBI, 2B

Pitcher of the Day

A Strasburg sweep today- our POD is Benjamin Dum, from VCU! Benjamin went 5 innings Ben Dum VCU 2017and allowed 5 hits, 1 unearned run, 1 walk, and struck out 3. He’s now 4-2, 2.74 in 39 1/3 innings, along with 32 strikeouts.

Others of Note

Orlando Cannon, Covington: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Garrett Bye, Waynesboro: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K’s, save
Grant Hoover, Woodstock: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Monday’s Games

Front Royal at Covington
Waynesboro at Winchester
Charlotteville at Staunton

Results from Saturday July 15

Just a heads up here; I have been at Red Wings Music Festival all weekend, so I’m a little behind on some of the stuff going on in the league.

For example, a former VBLer made his major league debut last night. Do you know who? Another former VBLer was traded…. the Valley League also sent a team to the Southern Collegiate Showcase, and won their first game yesterday. I hope to get to all of these in the next day or two.

Move on to the scores from last night….

Scores

Purcellville 7, Front Royal
Harrisonburg 7, Waynesboro 3
Staunton 8, Charlottesville 4
New Market 11, Strasburg 5
Winchester 5, Woodstock 3

Hitter of the Day

Jacob Rhinesmith Indian Hills CC 2017This is the easiest call I’ve ever made for this award- the HOD from last night is New Market’s Jacob Rhinesmith, from Indian Hills Community College! Jacob went an incredible 6-6, with 3 runs, 6 RBIs, and 2 doubles. He is now hitting 341/417/506 in 85 at-bats this summer. He average went up 50 points, OBP 39, and slugging 63 points in just one night! Anyway, this is the best night I can remember seeing in the last number of years.

Others of Note

Gabriel Castillo, Purcellville: 2-2, 2 runs, 2 BB, HBP, SB
Onassis Matos, Purcellville: 2-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, BB, 2B
Dylan Hardy, Front Royal: 2-4, run, BB
Jordan Greene, Front Royal: 2-4, BB
Austin Embler, Harrisonburg: 3-5, run, RBI
Elliott Cary, Harrisonburg: 2-4, 2 runs, BB, 2B
Dakota Robbins, Waynesboro: 2-3, run, BB
Eric Jones, Charlottesville: 2-3, 3 RBIs, 2B, SF
Hunter Lipscomb, New Market: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 BB
Alec Aleywine, New Market: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, 2 BB, SB
Pablo Cabrera, New Market: 2-5, run, RBI, BB, 2B
Luke Johnson, New Market: 2-4, BB
Turner Buis, Strasburg: 3-4, RBI, BB
Alex Reynolds, Winchester: 2-4, run, BB, SB

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Harrisonburg’s Jacob Ramos, from Shorter University, who threw 3 shutout Jacob Ramos Shorter U 2017innings last night, along with 2 hits allowed, 1 walk, and 6 strikeouts. Jacob, who threw in Front Royal last summer and was one of the league’s best relievers, is now 1-2, 4.26, with 30 K’s in 19 innings pitched so far this summer.

Others of Note

Andrue Hughart, Purcellville: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K’s (56)
Drew Loepprich, Charlottesville: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K’s
Daniel Collins, Winchester: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s, win (55)

Sunday’s Games

Staunton at Covington
Charlottesville at Waynesboro
Front Royal at Winchester
Strasburg at Woodstock
New Market at Harrisonburg

Chase for .400

Dominic Canzone, Front Royal: DNP, .404
Michael Wielansky, Charlottesville: DNP, .398
McClain Bradley, Waynesboro: 2-5, .395
Tony Beam. Harrisonburg: DNP, .375
Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 1-4, .370