Results From Sunday, June 11

Four of the five games were played last night- did I cause the postponement because I mentioned it? Anyway, let’s look at the four games that were played…

Results

Waynesboro 14, Staunton 2
Strasburg 6, Winchester 2
Charlottesville 9, Covington 3
New Market 5, Woodstock 3
Front Royal-Purcellville postponed

Hitter of the Day

Joseph Estrada Alabama State 2017Our HOD for Sunday is Waynesboro’s Joseph Estrada, from Alabama State! Joseph went 4-5, with 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and a double. He’s hitting a cool 350/480/400 after 20 at-bats this summer.

Others of Note

Garrett Marchand, Staunton: 2-3, run, RBI, BB, 2 2B, SB
Grant Suponchick, Waynesboro: 2-4, 2 runs, BB, SB
Hunter Wilson, Waynesboro: 4-5, 2 runs, RBI
Joe Vranesh, Waynesboro: 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2B, SB
Jake Perry, Strasburg: 2-4, 2 runs, BB, RBI
Dillon Reed, Winchester: 2-4, run, BB, 2B, 2 SB
Allan Berrios, Covington: 2-5, run, 2 2B, SB
Kyle Battle, Charlottesville: 2-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, BB, 2B, SB
Michael Wielansky, Charlottesville: 3-5, run, RBI, 2B, 3B (3 hits again!)
Vinnie Pasquantino, Charlottesville: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2B

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Waynesboro’s Gabe Mosser, from Shippensburg! Gabe earned a game score Gabe Mosser Shippensburg 2017of 58 after completing 6 innings and allowing 6 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, and striking out 8. Gabe has now struck out 10 batters in his first 7 innings in the Valley.

Other of Note

Evan Sperling, Charlottesville: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K’s (56)

Monday’s Games

New Market at Charlottesville
Purcellville at Waynesboro
Covington at Strasburg
Harrisonburg at Woodstock
Winchester at Staunton

Two Named All-SWAC

Two former Valley Leaguers have been named to the All-SWAC postseason teams, released Monday. Both from Alabama State, our honorees are…

First of all, Tyler Howe (Waynesboro 2015-16) was named the Pitcher of the Year. The press release included this information:Tyler Howe Alabama State 2017

Howe, who was selected SWAC Pitcher of the Week on March 28 and was a SWAC Preseason First-Team selection, led the team in wins with a 7-4 record in 12 starts. He tossed three complete-games, and pitched in 78.0 innings with 83 strikeouts, which ranked second in the conference. This season, Howe became Alabama State’s All-Time strikeout leader (228). He posted a 3.35 ERA with one shutout. The Lakeland, Fla. native ranked 13th nationally in complete games and second in the conference. Also, he ranked third in the conference in victories.

Secondly, Diandre Amion (Purcellville 2016) was named to the second team in the outfield. The press release said the following:Diandre Amion Alabama State 2017

Amion, who was second on the team in batting with a .318 average in 151 at-bats, registered 48 hits, including six doubles, one triple and one home run. He scored 24 times and drove in 25 runs.

Congratulations to both players!

 

Quick Link Dump

I’ve been super busy lately- thus the trickle of posts.

Tonight I have a few links for you to peruse at your leisure….

#14 Reliever: Ivanniel Vazquez, Waynesboro

ivanniel-vazquez-2016-alabama-stateNext up: Ivanniel Vazquez, from Waynesboro and Alabama State! (Sometimes I think the entire Alabama State roster played in the Valley League in 2016.)

Our #14 reliever went 1-2, 2.25, with a 1.202 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9, and 5.9 K/9 in 18 1/3 innings pitched for the Generals. The 5-foot-7 lefty from Puerto Rico also threw a shutout inning in the All-Star game.

He’s pitched for 2 years in college so far. In 2015, as a freshman, Ivanniel went 0-0, 4.80 in 10 appearances out of the bullpen, covering 15 innings. In 2016, he appeared in 9 games but only pitched 6 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 earned runs, 4 walks, and striking out 7.

Congratulations on your excellent summer, Ivanniel, and good luck this spring for the Hornets!

#3 Starting Pitcher: Terrell McCall, New Market

Terrell McCall Alabama State 2016ATVL’s 3rd best starter in the 2016 Valley League season, New Market’s Terrell McCall, entered the Valley League last June in a similar position to many pitchers in the league each year- he hadn’t seen much time on the mound in the spring for his college team, Alabama State, in his freshman season, and he just needed time pitching. (He threw 4 1/3 innings for the Hornets.)

Not only did Terrell get the desired work, but he was easily one of the best pitchers in the league as well. Overall, he went 3-0, 1.60, with a 0.967 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9, and 8.9 K/9 in 6 starts and 39 1/3 innings. He finished 4th in the league in ERA, tied for 4th in K/9, and 5th in WHIP. Perfect Game named him the #20 prospect in the league, and the VBL named him 2nd team All-League.

Terrell’s best two games were on July 13, against Front Royal, and June 28, at Covington. Against the Cardinals, Terrell threw 7 innings and allowed 5 hits, 1 earned run, 0 walks, and notched 7 strikeouts. Against the ‘Jacks, he threw 6 shutout innings while allowing 2 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 6.

Watch for Terrell to play a much larger role on the Alabama State staff in 2017!

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#8 Starting Pitcher: Brandon Caples, Purcellville AND Harrisonburg

Brandon Caples Alabama St 2016It’s unusual, but every once in a while players switch Valley League teams in the middle of a season. More often, teams are added for the playoffs, but even that is pretty rare.

In this case, the 8th best starting pitcher in the 2016 Valley League season, Brandon Caples, started the season with the Purcellville Cannons, but was traded to the Harrisonburg Turks on July 13th. (Terms were not disclosed.)

The senior righthander from Alabama State went 4-2, 2.77 overall, in 55 1/3 innings. He had a 1.049 WHIP, 1.5 BB/9, and 5.7 K/9. He walked only 9 batters in his 55 innings. He was a workhorse; he pitched 9 innings twice, and 8 innings 3 times, which is pretty rare these days. Brandon finished 2nd in the league in innings pitched, tied for 3rd in BB/9, 7th in WHIP, and tied for 9th in strikeouts (with 35). He also started a game in the playoffs for the Turks, and allowed 10 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), 1 walk, and struck out 7 in a losing effort.

Brandon’s best game with the Cannons was on June 14th against Strasburg, when he threw 8 innings, allowing 6 hits, 1 unearned run, 1 walk, and struck out 4 in the win. For the Turks, his best game was on July 22nd at Front Royal, when he again threw 8 innings and allowed 7 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 2 walks, and struck out 7 in the win.

This was a “return” summer for Brandon, too, as he pitched in Charles Town in 2015. That summer, he went 1-3, 4.14, with a 1.06 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, and 8.3 K/9 in 41 1/3 innings.

Now, on to his college stats (large profile today, eh?). In 2014 as a freshman, Brandon went 0-0, 3.75, with 2 saves, 26 hits, 7 walks, and 17 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched, all out of the bullpen.

In 2015, he went 3-2, 6.75 in 15 games and 28 innings, again out of the bullpen. He allowed 32 hits, 10 walks, and struck out 30. He got to start 3 times in 2016, and also appeared 9 times out of the ‘pen. Overall, he went 3-1, 3.76, with 43 hits, 15 walks, and 31 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings.

Whew. That’s a ton of stats. Congrats, Brandon, and good luck this spring at Alabama State!

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Playoffs, Day One: Thursday, July 28

Well, so much for four games- three games were washed out by rain last night. But one game WAS played, and featured a tremendous start by a Waynesboro pitcher.

Result

Waynesboro 6, Staunton 0: Tyler Howe threw a complete game, 2-hit shutout, giving the Generals a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three semifinals against the Braves.

Hitter of the Day

TJ Condon Faulkner 2016The hitter of the day is TJ Condon, from Faulkner! The General’s catcher went 3-3, with 2 runs, a double, a walk, and a stolen base. During the regular season, TJ hit 307/374/534 in 88 at-bats.

Others of Note

Sam Palensky, Waynesboro: 2-5
Zack Sterry, Waynesboro: 2-3, RBI, BB
Eli Putnam, Waynesboro: 2-4, run RBI
Brent Sakurai, Waynesboro: 1-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, 3B
Romy Gonzalez, Staunton: 2-4. 2B (Had both Brave hits)

Pitcher of the Day

Not only was Tyler Howe the best pitcher last night, but the Alabama State Hornet earned the highest game score of the entire seasonĀ withTyler Howe Alabama State 2016 his 9 shutout, 2-hit innings. He only walked 3, and struck out 9 for a score of 89. Tyler went 2-2, 5.59 in 5 games started in the regular season.

Other of Note

Parker Johnson, Staunton: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K’s

Tonight’s Games

Front Royal (Stephen Xirinachs) at Winchester (Christopher Hopkins) (Game 1)
Purcellville (Alex London) at Strasburg (Garrett Richards) (Game 1)
Waynesboro (David Ehmen) at Staunton (Samuel Crocker) (Game 2)
Covington (TBD- still?!?) at Harrisonburg (Corey Childress) (Game 1)