How Did Our AFL Guys Do?

Can you believe, Dear Reader, that the Arizona Fall League has concluded already?

Well, it’s an honor to be selected to play there, so let’s look at how the three former Valley Leaguers pitched (because all three are hurlers).

  • Max Povse (Staunton 2013) started 6 games for Peoria, and went 1-2, 4.56, with 28 hits, 6 walks, and 25 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings pitched. I can’t help but wonder if he was auditioning for a starting job with the 2018 Seattle Mariners… right now, has Max listed at #7 for the rotation (2nd in AAA, with a mid-2018 ETA).
  • Tyler Cyr (Waynesboro 2014) pitched in 8 games for Scottsdale, and was also named to the all-star team. He went 0-1, 5.63 in 8 innings, with 8 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts.
  • Ryan Meisinger (Staunton 2014) was assigned to Salt River after the season started. He appeared in 6 games, going 1-0, 0.00 in 6 innings, while allowing 1 hit, 2 unearned runs, 0 walks, and 0 strikeouts. It’s a little odd that he didn’t walk or strike out anyone.

Playoff Results, Thursday August 3

The Tom Sox will wait another day!


Strasburg 4, Winchester 3 (10 innings); Turner Buis hit a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning to send this series to a deciding 3rd game.

Hitter of the Day

Turner Buis Coastal Carolina 2017Yep, it’s Turner Buis, who went 2-5, with 2 runs, an RBI, walk, and game winning home run. From Coastal Carolina, Turner hit 299/427/410 in 134 regular season at-bats, and is 167/286/333 after 24 playoff at-bats.

Others of Note

Sebastiano Santorelli, Strasburg: 2-5, run, RBI
Tyler Halas, Strasburg: 2-5
Dillon Reed, Winchester: 2-3, run, RBI, SB, 2 BB
Alejandro Rivero, Winchester: 2-4, RBI, 2B, 3B

Pitcher of the Day

The best stat line from last night was turned in from Strasburg’s Lawson Humphries, Lawson Humphries Ga Southern 2017from Georgia Southern. Lawson threw 3 shutout, no-hit innings, with 2 walks and 1 strikeout last night. Lawson is 0-0, 2.45 in 3 2/3 playoff innings, after he went 1-2, 5.16 in 22 2/3 regular season innings.

Tonight’s Game

Winchester at Strasburg, 7 PM, deciding game 3. I’m planning to attend this one, and might even bring my daughter along, in her last evening in the states for quite a while. Say hello to Karen if you see her!

Playoff Result from Wednesday, August 2

Just one game last night. Charlottesville has already cleared the South, so to speak, and they are waiting for Winchester and Strasburg to finish up the North semifinals.


Winchester 16, Strasburg 6 (The Royals scored 13 runs in the 5th inning, making the outcome rather obvious.)

Hitter of the Day

Dillon Reed Santa Fe 2017Our HOD is Winchester’s Dillon Reed, from Santa Fe CC, who went 3-5, with 2 runs, 4 RBIs, a walk, and a home run. Dillon hit 347/414/413 in 167 at-bats in the regular season, and is now 7-20 in the playoffs. Dillon will be attending Flagler this fall.

Others of Note (almost the whole Royal lineup)

Cody Wilson, Winchester: 4-6, run, RBI
Kenneth Gilmore, Winchester: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, 2 BB
Lorenzo Hampton, Winchester: 1-3, 2 runs, RBI, 3 BB
Matt Allen, Winchester: 3-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, HR
Nick Goode, Winchester: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB, HR
Seth Woodard, Winchester: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, HBP
Sean Scales, Strasburg: 2-4, run, RBI, BB, HR
Jacob Hirsh, Strasburg: 2-4, RBI

Pitcher of the Day

Pretty obviously, our POD is Winchester’s Kyle Fulton, from Central Methodist. Kyle Kyle fulton Cent Methodist 2017threw 4 shutout innings against the Express while allowing 1 hit, 2 walks, and struck out 6. He earned a game score of 62. He went 2-2, 3.85, with 39 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings pitched.

Tonight’s Game

Strasburg at Winchester (Winchester will try to finish off the Express to move on to the finals)

Playoff Results, Tuesday August 1

Two games on tap last night, and both ended up being elimination games…


Charlottesville 3, Waynesboro 2 (Tom Sox win series, 2-0; I’ve got them also in a 14-game winning streak! Now the Sox will wait for the winner of Winchester vs Strasburg in he North)
Winchester 9, Purcellville 4 (Royals win series, 2-1, move on to face Strasburg in the semifinals)

Hitter of the Day

LMU baseball 2017 HeadshotsOur hitter of the day, for the last time, is Purcellville’s Trevin Esquerra, from Loyola Marymount! Trevin went 3-5, with a run, 2 RBIs, a double, and a home run. He hit 362/407/632 in 152 at-bats in the regular season, and hit 385/385/923 in 13 at-bats in hte playoffs. Spoiler alert- he will be on the top hitters countdown that will begin after the season.

Others of Note

Kyle Battle, Charlottesville: 3-4, 2 RBIs
Dillon Reed, Winchester: 3-6, 3 runs, RBI, 3 SB
Kenneth Gilmore, Winchester: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, HR
Lorenzo Hampton, Winchester: 2-3, run, RBI

Pitcher of the Day

In a huge elimination game, Winchester’s Trent Rider came up big; he threw 6 2/3 Trent Rider Charleston 2017innings, allowing 8 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, and struck out 6. He earned the win and a game score of 59. The young man from Charleston went 4-2, 4.24 in 46 2/3 innings in he regular season.

Others of Note

Rick Spiers, Charlottesville: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K’s, win (56)
Bobby Hearn, Charlottesville: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K’s, save
Daniel Tolano, Waynesboro: 5 Ip, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s, loss (52)
Patrick OShea, Waynesboro: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K’s

Tonight’s Game

Winchester at Strasburg (Game 1 of the semifinals in the North)


Game Report: Charlottesville 3, Waynesboro 2

On a night when storms were threatening to the west, the storm that is the Charlottesville Tom Sox blew into Linco Park at Kate Collins Field with a chance to sweep the Waynesboro Generals and head to the finals.

The Generals struck first in the opening frame off Tom Sox starter Rick Spiers, when Malik Stephens flew around from first base on a throwing error by Tom Sox third baseman Jack Barry. The Tom Sox answered right back in the next frame off Waynesboro starter Daniel Tolano, when Barry led off with a single, stole second, and came home on a Kyle Battle single to right field.

The Tom Sox took the lead in the 5th on one big blow- a Cole Migliorini home run to right center field. It was even more impressive because of the field; Linco Park at Kate Collins Field suppresses home runs rather significantly (stay tuned after the season for ATVL’s Park Factors article).

Charlottesville touched Waynesboro reliever Patrick OShea for a run in the top of the 6th, when Vinnie Pasquantino singled, stole second, and scored on Battle’s third single on the day.

Down 3-1, the Generals struck back for a run with 2 outs, when James Cosentino singled, went to second on a Joseph Bellini single, and came home on yet another single, this one by Patrick Cromwell. Spiers struck out Dakota Robbins to end the threat.

The Generals had a one-out runner in the 8th, but a nifty pickoff move by Charlottesville reliever Bobby Hearn erased that issue.

The Waynesboro faithful stomped the bleachers and chanted for the home team in the 9th, but Hearn worked around a one-out hit-by-pitch and closed out the game with a sharp curveball to strike out Jason Bush, sending the Tom Sox to the finals for the first time in team history.

The defensive play of the game was turned in by Waynesboro’s left fielder, Reid Long, who laid out to steal a hit from Ari Sechopoulos in the top of the 8th inning.

The Tom Sox will now have at least two days off while they wait for the winner from the Northern Division. Game one of the finals will be in Charlottesville either on Friday or Saturday this week.

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….


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)