Playoff Results, Tuesday August 1

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

Scores

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)

 

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Playoff Results, Saturday July 29

Three game ones were played last night, with the contest between Winchester and Purcellville rescheduled for tonight.

Scores

Waynesboro 2, Harrisonburg 1 (See my writeup here) (Generals up, 1-0)
Charlottesville 11, Staunton 2 (Tom Sox up, 1-0)
New Market 5, Strasburg 4 (Rebels score a shocking 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th, all unearned, all with 2 outs, to stun the Express) (Rebels up, 1-0)

Hitter of the Day

Ari Sechopoulos Charleston 2017Our HOD is Ari Sechopoulos, from Charlottesville and Charleston! Ari went 3-5 in the Tom Sox’s first p[layoff win in franchise history, with 2 runs, 3 RBIs, a double, and a home run.

Others of Note

Joe Lytle, Harrisonburg: 4-4, run, 3B
Michael Wielansky, Charlottesville: 2-3, 3 runs, RBI, BB, SF, SB
Vinnie Pasquantino, Charlottesville: 2-4, run, 2 2B, HBP
Eric Jones, Charlottesville: 3-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2B
Jeffrey Butler, Strasburg: 3-4, RBI
Philip Madonna, Strasburg: 3-3, RBI, BB
Jacob Rhinesmith, New Market: 3-5, 2 runs, RBI, HR
Alec Aleywine, New Market: 3-5, run, RBI, 2B, 3B, SB
Chase Sudduth, New Market: walk off RBI single in the bottom of the 9th

Pitcher of the Day

Waynesboro’s Payton Kinney, from Nebraska-Omaha, threw a complete game against thePayton Kinney NEbraska Omaha 2017 Turks, allowing only 6 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, and striking out 4. He earned a game score of 74.

Others of Note

Matt Young, Harrisonburg: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K’s, loss (62)
Justin Sorokowski, Charlottesville: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K’s, win (66)
Ben Dum, Strasburg: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K’s (66)

Tonight’s Games

Charlottesville at Staunton (God willing, I’ll be at this one)
Harrisonburg at Waynesboro
New Market at Strasburg
Winchester at Purcellville

2016 Full Season A Pitcher of the Year

MiLB: MAY 02 Clearwater Threshers at Tampa YankeesOur full season A-ball pitcher of the year is James Reeves (Staunton 2013)!

In a season full of stiff competition, James has risen to the top with his performance at High-A Tampa in the Florida State League and Low-A Charleston in the South Atlantic League. James pitched 17 times out of the bullpen and started 12 games for Tampa, and appeared 4 times out of the bullpen for Charleston. Overall, he went 6-2, 2.32, with a 0.90 WHIP, 2.8 BB/9, and 10.51 K/9 in 93 1/3 innings pitched. He finished the year at Double-A Trenton of the Eastern League, and couldn’t be hit there, either. In 4 games, he gave up 0 earned runs, and struck out 8 in 4 innings.

James was drafted in the 10th round in 2015 by the Yankees. After the draft, he has assigned to Staten Island of the New York-Penn League, where he went 1-1, 3.08, with 27 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings pitched.

I imagine Reeves will start 2017 at Trenton- congrats on your excellent season!

Past Winners:

2015- Austin Gomber (Luray 2012), for Peoria of the Midwest League
2014- Chad Kuhl (New Market 2012), for Bradenton of the Florida State League

Others in Consideration (whew- what a list!):

  • Kevin Herget (Strasburg 2012), Palm Beach- 0-0, 0.00, 6 svs in 23 IP
  • Austin Gomber (Luray 2012), Palm Beach- 6-8, 2.92, 1.07 WHIP, 8.44 K/9 in 107 2/3 IP
  • Matt Hockenberry (Woodstock 2013), Clearwater- 3-1, 1.39, 7 saves in 58 1/3 IP
  • Sam Howard (Staunton 2012), Modesto- 4-3, 2.47, 10.00 K/9 in 65 2/3 IP
  • Chris Huffman (Staunton 2012-13), Lake Elsinore- 10-5, 3.78 in 131 IP
  • Conor Kaden (Harrisonburg 2013), Augusta- 6-3, 3.71, 3 svs in 87 1/3 IP
  • Tyler Cyr (Waynesboro 2014), Augusta/San Jose- 5-4, 2.32, 3 svs, 10.87 K/9 in 73 2/3 IP
  • Reece Karalus (Aldie 2014), Bowling Green- 2-3, 3.33, 9.39 K/9 in 46 IP
  • Luke Leftwich (Aldie 2013), Lakewood/Clearwater- 10-7, 3.37, 10.05 K/9 in 122 2/3 IP
  • Keegan Long (Front Royal 2014), Kane County- 1-1, 1.87, 7 svs in 67 1/3 IP
  • Ryan Meisinger (Staunton 2014), Delmarva/Frederick- 6-4, 1.57, 5 svs, 11.33 K/9 in 74 2/3 IP
  • Sarkis Ohanian (Harrisonburg 2012), Dayton- 0-3, 3.31, 13 svs, 15.55 K/9 in 35 1/3 IP
  • Armando Ruiz (Woodstock 2013), Beloit- 3-4, 3.46, 3 svs in 52 IP
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James Reeves firing a pitch for Tampa

Everything That Happened, Monday July 25

Six games were played last night, so now we have just 5 games left in the regular season!

Results

Charlottesville 4, Harrisonburg 2 (Game 1, 7 innings)
Waynesboro 11, Covington 3
Purcellville 6, Winchester 3
Staunton 6, Strasburg 3 (10 innings)
New Market 8, Woodstock 1
Harrisonburg 7, Charlottesville (Game 2 , 7 innings)

Hitter of the Day

Dan Wondrack Charleston 2016The hitter of the day is Charlottesville’s Dan Wondrack, from Charleston! Dan, in game one of the doubleheader last night, went 3-3, with a run, 3 RBIs, 2 doubles, and a home run. He accounted for 3 of his team’s 4 runs in the contest. Overall this summer in 119 at-bats, Dan is hitting 269/351/412, with 11 doubles and 2 home runs.

Others of Note

Sam Palensky, Waynesboro: 2-4, 4 runs, RBI, BB
Zack Sterry, Waynesboro: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB
Marques Inman, Purcellville: 3-3, run, RBI, BB, 2 2B
Adam Sisk, Staunton: 1-3, 3-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning
Ryan Hall, Staunton: 2-5, run, RBI, 2B, HR
Luke Manzo, New Market: 2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2B, 3B
Brendan Donovan, New Market: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, HR
Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 3-3, BB
Cameron Pearcey, Woodstock: 2-3, BB, 3 SB
Jake Kusz, Harrisonburg: 3-4, 3 RBIs
Jack Morris, Charlottesville: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, 2B, HR
Ben Socher, Charlottesville: 3-3, RBI, 2 SB

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Staunton’s Thaddeus Ward, from Central Florida! Thaddeus threw 8 innings against Strasburg and Thaddeus Ward Central Florida 2016allowed 4 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 2 walks, and struck out 5. He didn’t get the win, as it took the Braves another couple innings to break the tie, but he earned a game score of 65, which is the highest from last night. Over 9 games (8 starts) this summer, Thaddeus is 2-2, 4.74, with 44 hits, 21 walks, and 27 strikeouts in 43.2 innings pitched.

Others of Note

AJ Franklin, Charlottesville: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s, win (54)
Vince Braman, Waynesboro: 7 IP 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s, win (62)
Andrew Green, Purcellville: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K’s (58)
Jared Silva, Strasburg: 6.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K’s (63)
Dustin Lander, New Market: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K’s (63)
Nathan Pawelczyk, New Market: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 6 K’s, save
Daniel Brumbaugh, Charlottesville: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K’s (57)

Tonight’s Games

Purcellville (Nicholas McIntyre) at Strasburg (TBD)
Charlottesville (Matthew Sullivan) at Covington (Justin Heckert)
Staunton (Eric Harp) at Waynesboro (Brett Sasse)
Front Royal (Andrew Honiotes) at New Market (Ryan Evans)
Winchester (TBD) at Woodstock (Drew Mancuso)

Everything That Happened, Sunday July 17

All five games were played last night, with an appropriate amount of craziness. Let’s take a look…

Results

Covington 9, Charlottesville 8 (Jacks score THREE in the bottom of the 9th to walk off. Brandon Vicens tied it with a 2-run double, and Bruce Martin drove in Vicens with a sac fly to win it. Jacks solidify hold on 3rd place in South, while Tom Sox stay 1.5 games behind Staunton for the last playoff spot in the South.)

Winchester 10, Front Royal 3 (Royals score 5 times on 3 hits and 2 errors in the 5th inning. Winchester now has a 3-game lead over the Cardinals for 2nd position in the North, with only 7 to play. Front Royal still is ahead of New Market (in 4th place) by 2 games, also with 7 to play.)

Purcellville 3, New Market 2 (Cannons’ Denathan Dukes scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th to win it. Purcellville pulls to within one game of the Rebels for the last playoff spot in the North.)

Waynesboro 11, Woodstock 9 (12 innings) (Play-by-play is not available for this one, but I can tell you that Kyle Jackson hit a 2-run home run in the top of the 12th to win it. Gens stay a half game ahead of the Turks for 1st place in the South, and poor Woodstock is 4.5 games behind the last playoff spot in the North, with 8 games to play.)

Harrisonburg 6, Staunton 5 (Tanner Dofflemyer scored on a Bryan Arias fielder’s choice in the bottom of the 9th to win it. A walk-off fielder’s choice! My hunch is that Staunton tried to turn an inning-ending double play, but Arias beat the throw to first. Turks stay a half game behind Waynesboro for 1st place in the South, and Staunton falls 6 games behind 3rd place, but stay 1.5 ahead of Charlottesville for the last playoff spot.)

Hitter of the Day

Riley Mihalik Rider 2016Our HOD is Covington’s Riley Mihalik, from Rider, who went 3-3, with 3 runs, an RBI, 2 doubles, and 2 walks. A little bit of everything. Riley’s first game this summer was on July 5th, but he’s been raking the whole time. He’s hitting 462/563/692 in 26 at-bats, along with a whole lot of sixes- 6 runs, 6 doubles, 6 RBIs, 6 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Hmm.

Others of Note

Justin Novak, Charlottesville: 3-6, run, RBI
Brandon Vicens, Covington: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, 2B
Ricardo Soto, Winchester: 3-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, HR
Michael Hartnagel, Front Royal: 3-5, 2 runs, 2B
Zach Sterry, Waynesboro: 2-6, run, 4 RBIs, BB, HR (#12)
Nick Ward, Woodstock: 4-6, 3 runs, BB, 2B (Now hitting .402)
Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 4-6, 2 runs, 2B
Jacob Tisevich, Woodstock: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, HR, 2B
Charles Zaloumis, Waynesboro: 2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, SB

Pitcher of the Day

For the second time, the POD is Purcellville’s Pat Doudican, from Charleston. Also the POD back on June 22nd, PatPat Doudican Charleston 2016 went 7 innings and allowed 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 walks, and struck out 8. His game score of 66 was the highest. After 7 starts this summer, Pat is 1-4, 4.40, with 32 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings pitched.

Others of Note

Joey Johnson, New Market: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s (58)
Brandon Miller, New Market: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K’s
Merritt Huber, Waynesboro: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K’s
Will Reed, Purcellville: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K’s, win

Tonight’s Games

Woodstock (TBD) at Covington (Daniel Schiller)
Harrisonburg (TBD) at Waynesboro (Vince Braman)
Strasburg (Benjamin Dum) at New Market (Jonathan Bowlan)

Daily Update, Saturday July 9

All five games were played last night… with only one scheduled for today. Here we go…

Results
Strasburg 5, Front Royal 1 (Strasburg now a league-leading 21-8)
Purcellville 12, Covington 3 (Cannons now tied for 4th in North Division)
Harrisonburg 14, Woodstock 0 (Three Turks hold Bandits to one hit)
Staunton 11, Charlottesville 10 (17 runs were scored from the bottom of the 7th to the end. Braves score 4 in the bottom of the 9th to win it. Walk-off walk!)
Waynesboro 9, New Market 5 (Generals win 5th in a row)

Hitter of the Day

Dupree Hart Charleston 2016The hitter of the day is Charlottesville’s Dupree Hart, from Charleston! Dupree went 2-4, with 3 runs, 5 RBIs, a walk, sacrifice fly, and home run. He did a little bit of everything! Overall, in 88 at-bats this summer, he’s hitting 295/373/398.

Others of Note

Tyler Halas, Strasburg: 2-4, RBI, 2 2B
Brandon Quaranta, Strasburg: 2-4 run, 4 RBIs, HR
Raul Cabrera, Purcellville: 2-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, 3B, SB
Ray Hernandez, Purcellville: 2-4, run, 2 RBIs, BB, SB
Greg Popatak, Harrisonburg: 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, HR (#8)
DJ Lee, Charlottesville: 3-6, run, RBI
Brooks Crawford, Charlottesville: 2-5, BB
Brian Fortier, Charlottesville: 3-4 RBI, BB
Irving Lopez, Staunton: 2-5, run, 4 RBIs, BB, 2B
Adam Sisk, Staunton: 2-3, run, BB, HBP, SB
Andrew Bullock, Waynesboro: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, 2B, HR

Pitcher of the Day

The pitcher of the day is Malik Jones, from Georgia Gwinnett and the Harrisonburg Turks! Malik, who played for Pensacola this spring, threw 6 one-hit, shutout innings against the River Bandits. He allowed 1 walk, and struck out 3. He was assigned the win, and ended with a game score of 72. He’s now 3-1, 0.52 in 17 innings this summer. By the way, he has a 13-inning scoreless streak going…)

Others of Note

Derrick Mount, Strasburg: 7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K’s, win (69)
Kevin Fuentes, Purcellville: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K’s, win (56)
Matt Kaster, Purcellville: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K’s
Patrick Wiseman, Harrisonburg: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K’s
Jack Alkire, Charlottesville: 5 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (62)
Zach Neff, Waynesboro: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K’s, win

Tonight’s Game

The All-Star game, in Harrisonburg! See the league website for times and activities. If you’re anywhere close, or have an important person playing in the game, you should be there! (Alas, I won’t be there… I’m still pretty far away.

Daily Update, Wednesday June 22

All five games were played last night…

Results

Covington 5, Front Royal 4 (11 innings)
New Market 7, Strasburg 4 (10 innings)
Purcellville 6, Woodstock 1
Winchester 7, Charlottesville 4
Harrisonburg 3, Staunton 2

Hitter of the Day

Bernabe Camargo Galveston 2016Our hitter of the day is Bernabe Camargo, for Front Royal, and from Galveston! Bernabe went 4-6 in the 11 inning game against Covington, along with 2 runs, a double, and a triple. He’s now hitting 325/378/450 in 40 at-bats this summer. For the junior college Galveston, the freshman hit 288/332/457 in 184 at-bats.

Others of Note

Zac Wiley, Front Royal: 2-4, run, 3 RBIs, BB, HR
John Cable, New Market: 2-5, 2 runs, RBI, HR
Jason Costa, New Market: 2-5, 2 runs, RBI, HR
Luke Bolka, New Market: 1-5, 3-run HR in top of 10th inning
Diandre Amion, Purcellville: 3-5, 3 RBI
Ray Hernandez, Purcellville: 3-4, RBI
Bruce Steel, Charlottesville: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 3B, HR
Ricardo Soto, Winchester: 3-4, 2 runs, 2B

Pitcher of the Day

For the third day in a row, a Purcellville Cannon wins this thing; this time, it’s Pat Doudican, from Charleston! Pat Pat Doudican Charleston 2016threw 7 shutout innings against Woodstock, while allowing 5 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 6. He earned the win and a game score of 72. For the summer, he’s now 1-3, 2.94, with 19 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings!

Others of Note

Mark Hendricks, Covington: 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K’s, win
Blake Whitney, Front Royal: 7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K’s (59)
Benjamin Dum, Strasburg: 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K’s (55)
Jake Lee, Harrisonburg: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K’s, win (66)
Sam Vincenzo, Staunton: 7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K’s, loss (68)

Tonight’s Games

Charlottesville (Jake Alkire) vs Strasburg (Peyton Plumlee)
Front Royal (Erne Valdes) at Covington (Jesse Ferreira)
Staunton (Brandon Gochenour) at Waynesboro (Tyler Howe)
Winchester (Jon Peterson) at New Market (Davis Kirkpatrick)
Harrisonburg (Corey Childress) at Woodstock (Hunter Morgan)