Wow. Crazy night in the Valley! All five games were played, true, but the night’s results are crazy! Three one-run games, two extra-inning games, one of which had a grand slam in extras, and a 13-5 beatdown. The two top teams lost, and the next three won, significantly tightening the regular season race.
Let’s take a look!
- Strasburg 13, Woodstock 5: The Express all but clinched a playoff spot with the win; the Bandits were all but eliminated. Strasburg is 3.5 up on New Market (in 9th place), with only 5 games to play. Woodstock is now 2.5 games behind Aldie (8th place), with 6 games left. The Express ripped 17 hits and scored 13 runs to grab this one.
- Waynesboro 8, Front Royal 7: The Generals salvaged a win by pushing across a run in the bottom of the 9th after giving up 3 runs in the 8th. Waynesboro is now tied for 4th place with Charles Town. The Cardinals have fallen into a tie for 2nd with Staunton; both teams are 1.0 game behind the Turks.
- Staunton 9, Covington 8: In a game that featured 30 total hits, the Braves hung on to move into a tie for 2nd place, 1.0 game back, with Front Royal. The Jacks are now alone in 7th place, 2 full games ahead of Aldie. Staunton hit 8 doubles in this one!
- New Market 7, Winchester 6 (10 innings): You wouldn’t think that a game between teams with winning percentages below .400 would be meaningful, but this one was. With the win, the Rebels are now only half a game behind Aldie in the race for the final playoff spot. The Royals fell to 1.5 behind. Josh Mason rapped a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th for the Rebs.
- Charles Town 10, Harrisonburg 3 (10 innings): This one was weird. The Turks were up 3-1 going into the 9th. With one out, only a double-play grounder away from losing, the Cannons pushed across two runs to tie it. Then, in the 10th, they exploded for 7 runs to put the game away. The big blow was Andrew Yacyk’s grand slam. The Turks are still in first place, albeit only 1 game ahead of Staunton and Front Royal. Charles Town stayed tied with Waynesboro for 4th place; both of them are only 2.5 games behind the Turks.
This is shaping up to be a crazy last six days of the regular season!
Hitter of the Day
This one could have gone a number of different ways, as multiple players had excellent games at the plate. However, I’m a sucker for home runs, in particular grand slams, so our hitter of the day is Charles Town’s Andy Yacyk, from Liberty, who went 3-5 against the Turks, with a run, 5 RBIs, a double, and a 10th inning grand slam. Andy’s power has been evident all summer: he’s hitting 265/350/569 in 30 games and 102 at-bats. He has scored 21 runs, knocked in 29, and hit 10 doubles and 7 home runs. His BB/K ratio is a solid 11/20.
Others of Note
With all those runs scored, we can’t help but have another long list!
Esteban Puerta, Woodstock: 2-4, run, 2 RBIs, 2B, HR
Sky Overton, Strasburg: 4-6, run, 3 RBIs, SB
Kevin Baron, Strasburg: 3-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, 2 2B
Luke Wurzelbacher, Strasburg: 3-5, run, 2B
Jose Bonilla, Strasburg: 2-4, run, BB
Cole Gruber, Waynesboro: 2-2, 3 runs, RBI, 3 BB, 3 SB
Garrett Russini, Waynesboro: 4-5, 4 RBIs
Dre Gleason, Waynesboro: 3-4, BB, SB
Jose Carrera, Covington: 2-4, run, RBI, 2 2B, BB
Grant McKown, Covington: 3-5
Matt O’Neil, Covington: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, HR
Joey Rodriguez, Staunton: 4-5, run, RBI, 3 2B, SB (A close second for hitter of the day)
Connor Short, Staunton: 3-4, run, 2 RBIs, 3 2B
Wesley Hoover, Winchester: 2-5, 2 RBIs, BB
Lucas Luopa, Winchester: 2-4, run, RBI, 2 BB, SB
Alex Mata, Winchester: 2-4, run, BB, 3B
Michael Hyman, Winchester: 1-2, 2 runs, 2 BB, SB
Darian Carpenter, New Market: 3-4, run, RBI, BB
Dom Wyshinski, New Market: 2-4, run, RBI, BB, 2B
Tanner Dofflemyer, New Market: 2-5, 2 runs, RBI, HR
Justin Harris, Charles Town: 2-5, run, BB, 2 SB
Chris Townsend, Charles Town: 1-3, 2 runs, 2 BB, HBP, SB
Austin Bream, Charles Town: 3-4
Daniel Nichols, Harrisonburg: 2-3, run, RBI, 2 BB, HR
Matt Rose, Harrisonburg: 2-4, BB
Joey Roach, Harrisonburg: 1-2, 3 BB
Pitcher of the Day
Only one starter had a solid performance last night: Harrisonburg’s Ryan Castellanos, from Illinois- Champaign. Ryan threw 7 innings and allowed 7 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and struck out 5 to earn a game score of 63. His bullpen didn’t come through (well, the defense didn’t come through might be more accurate), so he didn’t earn the win, but he threw well enough to earn the POD award. For the summer, Ryan is 1-1, 2.00, with 18 hits, 2 walks, and 18 strikeouts in 18 innings.
Schedule for Wednesday
Covington (Cody Strayer) at Waynesboro (Jeff Schank) (Doubleheader- 5 PM, 7 PM)
Strasburg (David Hafer) at Winchester
New Market at Charles Town (Jean Acevedo)
Harrisonburg (J.R. Holloway) at Aldie
Staunton (Cody Beck) at Woodstock (Michael O’Reilly)