Four games played, two games cancelled. The middle of the standings stabilized a bit…
- Waynesboro 6, Covington 0
- Waynesboro 6, Covington 2: With the doubleheader sweep, the Generals have moved into 4th place, alone, 2.0 games out of first, 1.0 game ahead of Charles Town, and .5 of a game behind Front Royal and Staunton. Covington is alone in 7th place, 1.5 ahead of Aldie, and 2.0 behind Strasburg.
- Strasburg 10, Winchester 8: The Express overcame an 8-2 deficit after 5 innings to reach .500 and a firm grip on 6th place. Strasburg is 3.0 behind Charles Town, and 2.5 ahead of Covington- they are all alone. Winchester wasted another chance to slip closer to the playoffs. The Royals are 1.5 games behind Aldie and New Market.
- Harrisonburg 15, Aldie 5: The opposite of last night- the Turks ripped open a 5-5 game by scoring 10 times over the 8th and 9th innings. The Turks are in first place by 1.5 games ahead of Staunton and Front Royal. Aldie, now losers of 6 games in a row, have fallen into a tie for the last playoff spot with New Market.
Hitter of the Day
Our HOD is Waynesboro’s Garrett Russini, from Stetson, who went 3-4 with a run, 3 RBIs, and a home run in game one against Covington last night. Garrett has given the Generals’ lineup a real boost when he arrived ten games ago- he’s hitting 350/372/525 in 40 at-bats, with a 2/7 BB/K ratio.
Others of Note
Mike Marcinko, Waynesboro: 1-1, 2 runs, 3 BB (game 1)
Tyler Orris, Waynesboro: 3-3, run, RBI (game 1)
Sky Overton, Strasburg: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, HR, SB
Joe Camp, Strasburg: 1-3, run, RBI, 2 BB, HBP
Jose Bonilla, Strasburg: 2-4, run, RBI, BB
Zachary Carter, Winchester: 2-4, run, RBI, BB
Michael Landestoy, Winchester: 3-5, 2 runs, RBI, 2 2B, SB
Lucas Luopa, Winchester: 2-4, run, RBI, BB
Cole Gruber, Waynesboro: 1-2, run, RBI, 2 BB, SB (game 2)
Daniel Nichols, Harrisonburg: 1-2, 4 runs, 2 RBIs, 3 BB, 2B, HBP
Matt Rose, Harrisonburg: 4-5, 3 runs, RBI, BB
Jesse Baker, Harrisonburg: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 BB
Eric Kalbfleisch, Harrisonburg: 1-3, run, 4 RBIs, BB, 2 SF
Mitchell Matulia, Harrisonburg: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, 2B
Weber Pike, Aldie: 2-4, run, BB
Pitcher of the Day
The best start of the night, by far, was turned in by Waynesboro’s Jeff Schank, from Butler, who spun 6 shutout innings in game one of the doubleheader against Covington. He allowed only 3 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 3 to earn the win and a game score of 68. Jeff has been great this summer, going 4-0, 2.09, with 38 hits, 9 walks, and 43 strikeouts in 43 innings. It surely looks like Jeff will be one of the top ten starters in the league… but let’s not get ahead of ourselves!
Others of Note
Chase Wissman, Strasburg: 2 1/3 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 2 BB, 4 K’s
Hunter Abbe, Strasburg: 3 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 1 K, win
Sean Pare, Covington: 2 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 1 K
Luke Scherzer, Harrisonburg: 4 2/3 IP, 2 hits, 1 run (unearned), 0 BB, 5 K’s, win
Schedule for Tonight
Harrisonburg at New Market (Doubleheader- 5 PM, 730 PM)
Aldie at Charles Town
Woodstock at Covington (Griffin Fuller)
Front Royal (Darrick Brilz) at Winchester (Darrell Thompson)
Waynesboro (Marcus Shippey) at Staunton
At least one more post will be coming later; I’ll attempt to deconstruct the playoff race further, including schedule and opponents!