A few weeks ago, I listed the top playoff hitters, in a terrifically non-scientific way.
So, now, obviously, it’s time to look at the pitchers! (Also in a non-scientific way. Many of these pitchers threw in only one game, for example.)
10. The 10th best pitcher in the Valley League playoffs is Harrisonburg’s Jared Dotac, from Georgia Tech. Jared threw 4 perfectly clean innings in his 2 games pitched. Seriously- 4 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts.
9. Burk FitzPatrick, Aldie and Delaware. Burk started one game for the Senators, throwing 5 innings and allowing 2 hits, 1 earned run, 3 walks, and struck out 6. He did not earn a decision in his start.
8. Michael Elwood, Front Royal and Canisius. Michael also started one game, and threw 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and struck out 4. He, also, did not receive a decision.
7. Jason Seever, Aldie and Santa Clara. Jason started one game, and allowed 4 hits, 1 unearned run, 3 walks, and struck out 5 in 6 innings pitched. In what looks like a theme, Jason did not earn a decision.
6. Luke Burnidge, Front Royal and Drury. Luke started one game, but he won his! He allowed 3 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, and struck out 6 in 6 1/3 innings pitched.
5. Garrett Cave, Staunton and Florida International. Garrett threw in 2 games; one a start and one a relief appearance. He threw 11 innings, and allowed 10 hits, 4 runs, 2 earned runs, 7 walks, and struck out 11. His ERA was 1.64.
4. Damon Frazier, Staunton and Concord. 2-0, 1.59 in 4 games (1 start). He allowed 10 hits, 2 earned runs, 4 walks, and struck out 8 in 11 1/3 innings pitched.
3. Wade Arduini, Strasburg and Charleston. Wade went 1-0, 1.80 in his 2 starts. He allowed 16 hits, 6 runs, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, and struck out 7 in 15 innings pitched.
2. Randy Dobnak, Front Royal and Alderson-Broaddus. Randy won 1 game and saved 2 more, along with an ERA of 0.77. He allowed only 5 hits, 1 earned run, 3 walks, and struck out 8 in 11 2/3 innings pitched.
And the top playoff pitcher is……
Danny Rafferty, from Strasburg and Bucknell! Danny is one of those rare pitchers- he received a win or a save in every game in which he appeared (in the playoffs). He threw in 4 games, and went 3-0, 0.75, with 1 save. He allowed only 6 hits, 1 earned run, 4 walks, and struck out 14 in 12 innings pitched. He won one game in each playoff series for the Express, helping to make him the best pitcher of the playoffs!