Some interesting things happened last night! First of all, six games were played- yay!- but some other odd things were going on, too. Start reading!
- Staunton 15, New Market 1: Game one of Staunton’s mix-and-match doubleheader. The Braves ripped the Rebels, scoring early and often. The Braves starting substituting after just three innings. This loss, coupled with Aldie’s win, eliminated the Rebels from the playoff chase.
- Waynesboro 13, Staunton 1: A tale of two games (cities) for the Braves. Blowouts both ways. The Generals pounded out 16 hits and 13 runs to pull into a half-game lead for 2nd place, just ahead of the Braves and Front Royal.
- Woodstock 9, Strasburg 8: Take a look at the boxscore. I’ll wait. Seriously- go look. Notice anything strange? No, not the fact that Woodstock scored 8 runs in the 8th inning to overcome a Strasburg 8-1 lead. Look at Strasburg’s Tyler McDonald- he played all nine positions for the Express, including pitching in the fateful 8th inning. Take a look at the next post about what this win means for the Bandits.
- Winchester 3, Front Royal 2: Nate Traugh and Brandon Valentin held the Cardinals to 4 hits to keep the Royals’ slim playoff hopes alive…
- Aldie 7, Charles Town 4: The Senators, still in 8th place, received excellent nights from Joseph Consolmagno, Tremayne Toorie, and Matt Albanese to keep a grip on the last playoff spot.
- Harrisonburg 2, Covington 0 (8 innings): Ben Parr and Luke Scherzer held the Jacks offense in check. The Turks are flying into the playoffs, 9-1 in their last ten games.
Hitter of the Day
There were a number of good performances last night, but only one hitter with 4 hits- Aldie’s Joseph Consolmagno, from UMass Lowell. Joseph went 4-5, with 2 runs and 2 RBIs against Charles Town. He’s having a solid season, hitting 289/392/380 in 121 at-bats, with a 19/30 BB/K ratio, and 10 stolen bases.
Others of Note
Joey Rodriguez, Staunton: 1-2, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, 2B, HBP
Gunnar McNeill, Staunton: 3-3, run, 2 RBIs
Elliott McCummings, Staunton: 2-3, 2 runs, RBI, BB
Connor Short, Staunton: 3-5, 3 runs, RBI, 2B
Esteban Puerta, Woodstock: 3-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, HR
Kevin White, Woodstock: 1-3, run, 2 BB
Andrew Brodbeck, Woodstock: 1-5, run, 4 RBIs, HR
Jay Lizanich, Strasburg: 3-6, run, 2 RBIs
Anthony Payne, Strasburg: 2-3, 2 RBIs, 2 BB
Brandon Harvell, Strasburg: 2-3, 2 runs, BB, 2B, HBP
Michael Hyman, Winchester: 1-2, run, 2 BB
Cole Gruber, Waynesboro: 3-4, 2 runs, RBI
Garrett Russini, Waynesboro: 3-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 2B
Michael McClellan, Waynesboro: 2-3, run, 3 RBIs, BB, 2 2B
Kyle Pitts, Waynesboro: 3-4, run, 2 RBIs, 2 2B
Andrew Mulato, Charles Town: 1-2, run, 2 BB
Tremayne Toorie, Aldie: 3-4, 2 runs, BB
Matt Albanese, Aldie: 3-4, 3 RBIs, BB
Pitcher of the Day
Our POD is Staunton’s Brandon Ritchie, from George Washington, who shut down the New Market Rebels in the afternoon game yesterday. Brandon threw 7 innings and allowed 6 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and struck out 8 to earn the win. He’s now 4-0, 4.00 on the season, with 45 hits, 12 walks, and 29 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched.
Others of Note
Taylor Martin, Strasburg: 4 IP, 4 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 4 K’s
Nate Traugh, Winchester: 6 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 3 BB, 6 K’s, win
Brandon Valentin, Winchester: 3 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 3 K’s, save
Logan Longwith, Front Royal: 2 1/3 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 BB, 3 K’s
Griffin Krieg, Waynesboro: 5 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 BB, 4 K’s, win
Mark Hendricks, Covington: 2 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 1 K
Ben Parr, Harrisonburg: 5 1/3 IP, 4 hits, 0 runs, 3 BB, 2 K’s, win
Schedule for the Rest of the Regular Season
Waynesboro at Staunton (1PM START)
Aldie at Winchester
Strasburg at Charles Town
Harrisonburg at Covington
Waynesboro at New Market (Josh Hudson)
Front Royal at Woodstock
Charles Town at Front Royal
Covington at Winchester
Waynesboro at Woodstock