Game Report: Strasburg 10, New Market 1

Sometimes the outcome of a game is determined on the very last play, while sometimes it is determined at the very beginning.

We didn’t realize it at the time, but this outcome was determined by Strasburg’s 5th batter, Jacob Hirsh, who hit a bases-loaded double, scoring three, to put the Express up 4-0 in the top of the first inning. Little did we know then, but those runs were more than enough for Express starter Brendan Smith.

Smith, with his “turn-his-back” windup, held the Rebels lineup, one of the best in the league, to 3 hits and 1 earned run over 7 complete innings. He walked 3 and struck out 7. “I just wanted to go out there with my best stuff, leave it all on the field,” Brendan said after the game. “I didn’t want to regret anything after this one.” Working with mostly just his fastball and slider, Brendan kept the Rebels off balance all night, bringing some order to a series that saw 29 runs scored in the first two games.

The Express were led at the dish by the aforementioned Jacob Hirsh, Sean Scales, who had 3 hits, and Sebastiano Santorelli, who also had 3 hits, including a double and a home run (which put the Express up 7-0 in the 3rd inning).

Brandon Quaranta walked twice at the plate, but also made two very nice catches at first base. He ranged to his left and caught a foul fly ball over his shoulder in the 4th inning, and then followed it up by going the other way and catching a flare over his other shoulder one inning later. As a whole, the Strasburg defense did not commit an error all game.

The Express moves on to face the winner of tonight’s game in Purcellville- game three between the Cannons and Winchester Royals.

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Brendan Smith firing a pitch- photo credit Eliot Swartz

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Smith talking to some “reporter”- photo credit Eliot Swartz

 

Playoff Results, Monday July 31

Hard to believe we’ve just entered August! Well, we’re down to five teams remaining for the coveted Jim Lineweaver Cup….

Results

Charlottesville 7, Waynesboro 2 (Semi-finals; Tom Sox lead, 1-0)
Winchester 9, Purcellville 3 (First round; tied 1-1)
Strasburg 10, New Market (First round; Express win 2-1)- game report coming later!

Hitter of the Day

Sebastiano SANTORELLI Seton Hall 2017Our HOD is Strasburg’s Sebastiano Santorelli, from Seton Hall, who not only had an excellent game at the plate last night, but who also has a fantastic name. Sebastiano went 3-5 against the Rebels, with 3 runs, 2 RBIs, a double, and a home run. He hit 188/259/250 in 48 regular season at-bats, and is 4-8 in the playoffs so far.

Others of Note

Cole Migliorini, Charlottesville: 2-4, run, RBI, 2B, HR
Trevin Esquerra, Purcellville: 2-4, run, 2 RBIs, HR
Sean Scales, Strasburg: 3-5, run, RBI, SF
Philip Madonna, Strasburg: 2-4, BB

Pitcher of the Day

It’s a Strasburg sweep- our POD is Brendan Smith, from Albany! Brendan threw 7 Brendan Smith Albany 2017innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, and struck out 7. He earned the win and a game score of 71. He went 0-1, 2.57 in 28 innings in the regular season, and is 1-0, 1.08 in 8 1/3 playoff innings.

Others of Note

Connor Gillispie, Charlottesville: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K’s, win (70)
Daniel Collins, Winchester: 7.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 10 K’s, win (67)

Tonight’s Games

Charlottesville at Waynesboro (Game 2 of semi-finals)
Winchester at Purcellville (Game 3 of first round- Strasburg is waiting for the winner)