Results from Friday, June 23


Front Royal 11, Woodstock 1
Strasburg 11, Purcellville 8
Waynesboro 12, Covington 5
Harrisonburg 3, Staunton 1
Winchester 7, New Market 2

Hitter of the Day

Dominic Canzone Ohio State 2017

Some excellent choices for today- three hitters tallied 4 hits! The best stat line, however, was put up by Dominic Canzone, from Front Royal and Ohio State. The rising sophomore went 4-5, with 4 runs, 3 RBIs, a double, home run, and 2 stolen bases. Dominic is now 23-61 for the summer, with a slash line of 377/473/590.

Others of Note

Thomas Johns, Front Royal: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB
Simon Landry, Strasburg: 4-6, 3 runs, 4 RBIs, HR, SB
Brandon Quaranta, Strasburg: 3-6, run, 2 RBIs, HR
Jake Perry, Strasburg: 3-4, 2 runs, 2 BB, 2 2B
Tyler Martin, Strasburg: 2-5, RBI, BB, 2B
Jackson Furstace, Strasburg: 2-3, run, BB, HBP, SB
Sheldon Reed, Purcellville: 3-5, run, RBI, SB
Caleb Walls, Covington: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B, SB
Malik Stephens, Waynesboro: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, 3B
Luke Robinson, Waynesboro: 3-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB
Dillon Reed, Winchester: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB, SB
Cody Wilson, Winchester: 4-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, 3B, 4 SB
Damian Rodriguez, Winchester: 2-3, run, BB

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Mason Studstill, from Harrisonburg! Mason threw 8 innings against Mason Studstill Miami 2017Staunton, allowing 6 hits, 1 earned run, 3 walks, and struck out 8 for a game score of 71. Mason pitched at Miami in 2017, but will transfer to Eastern Florida State College for the 2018 season. Mason threw a whopping 128 pitches in this game; I believe that this is the first time all season that a starter in the Valley went over 100.

Others of Note

Mark Moclair, Front Royal: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K’s, win (60)
Trevor Harris, Front Royal: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 Bb, 4 K’s
Jordan Cox, Staunton: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K’s (65)

Saturday’s Games

New Market at Front Royal
Strasburg at Winchester
Woodstock at Purcellville
Charlottesville at Harrisonburg
Covington at Staunton

Results from Thursday, June 8

All games were played this evening, and a ton of runs were scored. I mentioned the other day that the pitching seemed to be ahead of the hitting; that is definitely not the case on this night!


Woodstock 10, Covington 8
Charlottesville 17, Strasburg 7 (Whoa)
Purcellville 8, Harrisonburg 3
Waynesboro 10, New Market 9 (10 innings)
Staunton 13, Front Royal 11 (11 innings)

Hitter of the Day

Dominic Canzone Ohio State 2017Tough call today; three players had 4 hits last night! When in doubt, go with total bases, so our hitter of the day is Front Royal’s Dominic Canzone, from Ohio State! Dominic went 4-7, with 4 runs, 2 RBIs, a double, home run, and stolen base. In 6 games this summer, Dominic is 9-23, with a slash line of 391/481/739.

Others of Note

Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 3-5, 3 runs, RBI, 2B, 2 SB
Jacob Reimold, Woodstock: 3-5, run, RBI
Kyle Battle, Charlottesville: 3-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B
Michael Wielansky, Charlottesville: 2-6, 3 runs, 3 RBIs, 2 2B, SB
Ari Sechopoulos, Charlottesville: 2-5, run, 4 RBIs, HR
Brandon Johnson, Charlottesville: 2-4, 3 runs, RBI
Jake Perry, Strasburg: 2-5, 3 RBIs, 2 2B
Brandon Quaranta, Strasburg: 0-2, 3 runs, 3 BB
Trevin Esquerra, Purcellville: 2-4, run, 2 RBIs, BB, 3B
Trey McDyre, Purcellville: 2-3, run, RBI, BB
Jake Washer, New Market: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB
Jack Hartman, New Market: 2-5, RBI, 2 2B, SB
Nicholas Barber, New Market: 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, 2B, HR
Ryan Rosa, Waynesboro: 2-5, 4 runs, 3 RBIs, 2 2B, BB
Cash Gladfelter, Woodstock: 4-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs
Antwaun Tucker, Staunton: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, BB, SB
Luc Lipcius, Front Royal: 3-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B
Connor Pohl, Front Royal: 4-6, run, RBI, BB
Ryan Coale, Staunton: 1-2, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, eventual game winning grand slam in the 11th
Richard Miller, Staunton: 1-3, 4 runs, RBI, BB, HBP, SF

Pitcher of the Day

Our pitcher of the day on this offense-heavy evening is Colin Brown, from Woodstock Colin Brown Hendrix College 2017and Hendrix College! Colin went 6 innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 2 walks, and striking out 5. He earned the win and a game score of 63.

Others of Note

Alec Aleywine, New Market: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K’s (57)

Schedule for Friday

Waynesboro at Covington
Purcellville at Winchester
Strasburg at Front Royal
Charlottesville at Harrisonburg

Results from Tuesday, June 6

A crisp, cool night in the Valley- a little cold for this dude from East Africa. But all 5 games were played, so at least there’s that.


Charlottesville 8, Woodstock 1
Strasburg 7, Harrisonburg 3
Covington 10, Purcellville 2
New Market 13, Staunton 8 (Runs for NM!)
Front Royal 12, Winchester 6 (This game was never “finished” on the website last night (or yet this morning). This drives me crazy when this happens, I must admit. So, Cardinals and Royals, I had to go off of the Gamelive stats, which do not give all the detail that a regular boxscore would. Hopefully the final boxscore will be posted sometime today.)

Hitter of the Day

Brandon Quaranta Phil U 2017For once, this was an easy choice (relatively): the hitter of the day is Strasburg’s Brandon Quaranta, from Philadelphia University! Brandon was on base 5 times for the Express last night, going 4-4, with 2 runs, 4 RBIs, a double, home run, and a hit-by-pitch. Clearly he has picked up right where he left off in 2016, as he is now 6-11 after three games, with 2 doubles, a home run, and 7 RBIs.

Others of Note

Tyler Martin, Strasburg: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB, 2B
Caleb Walls, Covington: 3-4, run, RBI
Sean Lawlor, Covington: 3-5, 2 runs, RBI, 2 2B
Allan Berrios, Covington: 2-4, 2 runs, 6 RBIs, 2 HR
Seth Hunt, New Market: 2-6, 3 runs, 2B
Alec Aleywine, NM: 3-5, run 3 RBIs, 2B, SB
Jake Washer, New Market: 2-4, run, 4 RBIs, BB, HR
Patrick Overstreet, Staunton: 2-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, HR
Jay Charleston, Staunton: 3-5, 2 runs, 2 SB (8 already??!!!)
Payton Robertson, Staunton: 2-3, 2 runs, 2 BB, 2B, 3 SB
Garrett Marchand, Staunton: 3-3, RBI, BB
Seth Woodard, Winchester: 2-4, 4 RBI
Trevor Rosenburg, Front Royal: 2-3, 3 runs, RBI, BB
Blake Thomas, Front Royal: 1-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs

Pitcher of the Day

From what I can tell, the pitcher of the day really needs to be Front Royal’s Joshua Andrews, from Grand Canyon. He threw 7 shutout innings against Winchester, allowing Josh Andrews Grand Canyon 2017only 1 hit, 0 walks, and struck out 12. He earned the win and a game score of 87- the best game score by far this season.

Others of Note

Sean Byrnes, Charlottesville: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K’s
Connor Gillispie, Charlottesville: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K’s, win (64)
Ben Dum, Strasburg: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s, win (57)
Kyle Craft, Covington: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K’s, win
Joe Bobiak, New Market: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s, win (60)

Schedule for Wednesday

Front Royal at Purcellville
New Market at Charlottesville
Winchester at Covington
Strasburg at Woodstock
Harrisonburg at Waynesboro

Minor League Record Book “Movement”

Some of you know that I spent a few weeks working on my overall list of former Valley Leaguers who have played in the major leagues, but at the same time, I was updating both the major league AND the minor league record books. And, of course, being the nerd that I am, I love to keep track of the movement throughout both the major league and minor league seasons.

So, Brilliant Reader, read on to see some movement (and some potential milestones) on the minor league record books.

  • Erik Kratz (Waynesboro 2000, Harrisonburg 2001) was drafted in 2002, so he’s slowly moving up in a couple categories.
    • Doubles. Erik started the year with 199, in 14th place. He now has 4 on theErik Kratz Columbus 2017 season, putting him at 203, and 11th all time. He passed Tony Thomas (Harrisonburg 2005), Ryan Shealy (Harrisonburg 1999), and Wes Timmons (Winchester 1998-99). Tenth place is held by Tommy Murphy (Staunton 1998), who finished with 205 career doubles.
    • Home runs. Erik started 2017 with 110, in 12th place. He now has 115, and is in 10th place. He passed Jack Voigt (Staunton) and Stephen Smitherman (Winchester 1998-99). Next up, in 9th place, is Ryan Schimpf (Luray 2008), who has 120 dingers.
    • RBI. 440 pre-season, which was out of the top 20. Erik now has 450, which is 4 RBIs away from the player at #20- Pat Watkins (Staunton).
  • Clint Robinson (Harrisonburg 2005-06) is on the leader board several times as well.
    • Runs. Clint had 534 pre-2017, and was in 19th place. He now has 545, and is in 14th place. He passed Timmons, Andy Barkett (Winchester 1992), Joe Koshansky (Staunton 2002-03), Emil Brown (Waynesboro 1994), and Watkins. Clint RobinsonNext up is Kevin Reese (Winchester 1998), who has 546 career runs.
    • Hits- 1,016, 10th place pre-2017. Clint now has 1038. He’s still in 10th place, and is 22 hits away from Murphy at #9.
    • Doubles- 238 before the season, tied for 6th place (with Jon Zuber (Harrisonburg 1991). Now 242, in 6th alone, and 7 doubles away from Barkett in 5th place.
    • Home runs- 141 preseason, tied for 6th place (with Alan Cockrell (Staunton)). Now 146, alone in 6th, but only 1 home run away from 5th place (Christopher Carter (Waynesboro 2001)).
    • RBIs- 587 preseason, in 9th place. Now with 608 (milestone!), and in 6th place, after passing Carter, Shealy, and Barkett. Next is Koshansky with 658.
    • Walks- 409 preseason, tied for 18th (with Joey Butler (New Market 2006), who is still active). Now with 418, he passed Butler and Steve Decker (Front Royal). Koshansky is in 16th place with 420.
    • Batting average- .302 preseason, tied for 12th place. Now at .299, he’s dropped into a tie for 17th place.
  • Joey Butler, as mentioned above, is on the leader board or close in several categories. He has been on the disabled list for a while, so he hasn’t moved as much as Robinson.
    • Runs- 523 pre-2017, tied for 20th place (with Louie Meadows (Staunton)). Now Joey Butlerwith 524, he’s alone in 20th, and 11 runs behind Timmons in 19th.
    • Hits- 941 through 2016, 17th place. He’s now at 946 hits, still in 17th, but 7 hits behind Reese. And 54 from 1,000!
    • 2B- 177 pre-2017, 178 now, and still 14 doubles behind 20th place (Reese and Carter).
    • HR- 90, and has not hit one yet in 2017. #20, Marshall McDougall (New Market 1998), has 92.
    • RBI- 441, now has 443, 11 from #20 (Watkins).
    • Walks- 409, tied for 18th with Robinson. Now has 410, in 18th place alone, 2 walks from Decker.
  • Rudy Flores (Haymarket 2010) entered 2017 with 83 home runs. He now has 89, and is only 3 behind McDougall for 20th place.
  • Sherman Johnson (Covington 2009-10) is nearing 20th place on two lists…
    • Triples. Sherman had 29 through 2016, and now has 30. This puts him 2 away from tying for 20th place.
    • Walks. He had 369 before the season, and he now has 390, which is only 5 away from 20th place!
  • Tyler White (Haymarket 2010) is our last hitter.
    • Batting average- started 2017 at .301, in 14th place. He’s dropped to .298, which puts him in a tie for 19th place.
  • Scott Copeland (Staunton 2007) is our first pitcher.
    • Wins- Scott had 52 pre-2017, with put him in a tie for 18th (with Mike Ballard (Staunton 2004)). He has 55 now, which puts him in a tie for 14th place (with Jamie Brewington (New Market 1992)). He passed Mike O’Connor (New Market 2001), Matt Fox (Staunton 2003), and Brandon Dickson (New Market 2006). There is a 4-way tie for #10 with 59 wins- that’s next for Scott.
    • Strikeouts- 529 pre-2017, now has 556. #20 on the list is Ralph Citarella (Staunton) with 654.
  • Stephen Kohlscheen (Harrisonburg 2010)
    • ERA- Stephen was at 3.21 pre-2017, and is now at 3.20. He hasn’t moved from #11. Colter Bean (Winchester 1997) is 10th, with an career ERA of 3.16.
  • Brad Mills (Harrisonburg 2005) deserves a mention here. He’s currently 8th in wins with 62, and 5th in strikeouts with 858, but he has not pitched yet in 2017 due to an injury.

21 Players Released

We have reached the time of year when major league organizations start culling players from their system. More than usual, anyway. It seems to be a constant numbers game- new free agents signed are moving in, players are moving up levels, and there just isn’t enough space for everyone. Things change quickly.

So that means that players are released. Sometimes these players are grabbed right away by other organizations (Jon Fitzsimmons (Front Royal 2012), released by Arizona, signed immediately by the Angels, James Alfonso a couple days ago), and some move on to Indy Leagues (Stephen Cardullo (Covington 2007) spent years toiling in Indy Ball, and Fitzsimmons fits here, too), but for many, their careers are over.

21 former Valley Leaguers have been released in the last three months. Let’s give them what might be their last moment in this space:

  • Jamill Moquete (Winchester 2012), picked in the 32nd round of the 2014 draft. Jamill played 82 games in 2014-15 in Baltimore’s system, finishing with a 212/325/431 stat line. He did not play in 2016 due to injury.
  • Logan Longwith (Front Royal 2014-15), Detroit’s 20th round pick in 2015. Logan went 3-4, 4.14 in 41 games and 78 1/3 innings over his two seasons in the minors. He finished with a 1/3 BB/9 and 7.6 K/9.
  • Brandon Glazer (Waynesboro 2013). The Angels signed Brandon as a free agent in 2015. (Interestingly, he was a high school draftee in 2010, but did not sign.) Brandon went 3-9, 4.84 in 32 games and 96 2/3 IP over two seasons. He finished with a 1.324 WHIP, 1.5 BB/9, and 6.0 K/9.
  • James Alfonso (Front Royal 2012), a 30th round pick of Seattle in 2014. James got a total of 524 at-bats in 3 minor league seasons, and hit 254/329/358. He hit 20 doubles in 276 at-bats in Clinton in 2016. BREAKING NEWS: James was signed by the Los Angeles Angels just a few days after being released!
  • Ray Guerrini (Rockbridge 2013), who was signed as a free agent by the Seattle Mariners in 2016. He received a total of 83 plate appearances, and hit 250/415/313. His OBP is so high because he walked 12 times and was hit by a pitch 6 times. Ray is the 2nd-to-last Rockbridge Rapid left in organized ball. Can anyone name the last?
  • Orlando Olivera (Luray 2011-12)- drafted in 38th round in 2015 by the Cardinals. Overall, he hit 265/324/385 in 533 at-bats in 2 seasons. Hit 340/392/521 in 2015 to win ATVL’s prestigious (hah) short season A-ball hitter of the year, but he didn’t duplicate those numbers the next year in full season ball.
  • Aaron Attaway (Haymarket 2011)- drafted in 2014 by Toronto. Over 3 seasons and 357 at-bats, he hit 210/311/297.
  • Jordan Edgerton (Woodstock 2013)- drafted in the 9th round in 2014 by Atlanta. Jordan hit 239/286/331 in 1085 at-bats over 3 seasons. He hit 27 doubles in the Carolina League in 2016.
  • Josh Gardiner (Strasburg 2012)- signed as a free agent by the Yankees in 2016. Josh got a grand total of 77 plate appearances in organized ball, hitting 250/377/328 for Pulaski in the Appy League.
  • Jake Johnson (Charles Town 2013)- 16th round pick in 2015 by the Reds. Jake went 4-7, 6.80, with a 1.915 WHIP, 5.6 BB/9, and 9.1 K/9 in 82 total innings.
  • Joe Maloney (New Market 2010)- 10th round pick in 2011 by the Texas Rangers, spent 2 seasons in Indy Ball. Overall, hit 234/302/386 in 1066 total at-bats. He hit 27 doubles and 14 home runs at two different minor league levels in 2013.
  • Chaz Pal (Charles Town 2014), a 38th round pick of the Astros in 2016. Chaz hit 269/336/462 in 104 at-bats for Greeneville in the Appy League.
  • Ben Paullus (Woodstock 2010). Originally drafted by the Yankees in 2011, Ben spent the last couple seasons in the San Diego Padres’ system. Ben went 14-8, 4.47, with a 1.427 WHIP, 3.5 BB/9, and 8.2 K/9 in 143 games and 231 1/3 innings pitched.
  • Andy Perez (Harrisonburg 2013)- a free agent signing out of Duke by the Boston Red Sox. Andy played in the minors for parts of two seasons only, and hit very well, putting up a 318/391/393 slash line, albeit in only 201 total at-bats.
  • Chris Diaz (Staunton 2012). Chris was a 5th round pick of the Braves back in 2014. Chris pitched in 10 games in 2014, but had labrum surgery and missed all of 2015 and 2016.
  • Garrett Cortright (Front Royal 2011-12)- 40th round pick in 2013 of the Orioles. Over 4 seasons, Garrett went 9-10, 2.32, with a 1.167 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, and 6.2 K/9 in 198 total innings.
  • Michael Katz (Waynesboro 2012)- 9th round pick of the Mets in 2014. The Mets released him a month ago, the Orioles signed him, and subsequently released him a couple days ago. Michael hit 236/305/335 in 200 minor league games.
  • Alexander Fernandez (Staunton 2012). 25th round pick in 2015 of the Marlins, Alex was released in 2016, signed by the Tigers, and now has been released again. He hit 244/346/362 in 399 minor league plate appearances.
  • Garrett Kelly (New Market 2014), signed as a free agent in 2016 by the Twins. He pitched in 18 games in the Gulf Coast League in ’16.
  • Josh Judy (Haymarket 2006-07). Josh is an “old” name to readers of this space. He pitched in 12 games in the majors in 2011 for the Indians. He pitched in the Mexican League in 2016, and was signed by the Mariners before spring training. Alas, they released him a few days ago.
  • David Carpenter (Covington 2004). David has had the most illustrious major league career of the players on this list, as he’s pitched in 211 major league games. (He made $1.3 million for the Yankees in 2015!) The Rays signed David as a free agent in January, but was released at the end of spring training.
  • Matt Tindall (Aldie 2013), a free agent signee in 2015 of the Angels. He finished in the National’s system in 2016. Overall, he went 5-6, 5.44 in 48 minor league innings.

Two last updates:

  • Rico Noel (Covington 2008) signed with the Indy ball Lancaster Barnstormers. Rico played in 15 games for the Yankees in 2015. He only got 2 at-bats, but he stole 5 bases. Rico holds most of the stolen base record in the minor leagues for the VBL, or at least since the 2006 draft.
  • Tyler Bortnick (Front Royal 2006) also signed with an Indy team- the Somerset Patriots. Tyler hit 280/380/408 in over 2,400 minor league at-bats. He did not make the majors, but played almost 200 games in Triple-A.

Well, guys, you got to chase the dream for a while. I would love for all VBLers to make the major leagues, but as we all know, that’s just not the way it works.

(By the way, according to my records, including Japan, there are 155 active minor and major league players at the moment- and 607 former players (from the 2006 draft))

Update on Craport, Ingram, and Wiley

Three more former Valley Leaguers are performing rather well for their college teams in the 2017 NCAA season-

  • Trevor Craport (Harrisonburg 2016) is hitting 342/438/589 through 18 games and 73 at-bats for Georgia Tech. He has 7 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 17 runs scored, 15 RBIs, and an excellent 12/9 BB/K ratio.
  •  Dylan Ingram (Strasburg 2016), at Auburn, is hitting 292/415/431 in 19 games and 65 at-bats. He has 6 doubles, 1 home run, and a sterling 15/8 BB/K ratio.
  • Zac Wiley (Front Royal 2016) has missed a couple games for Bellarmine, but over 42 at-bats, he’s hitting 452/538/786, with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, and an 8/7 BB/K ratio.

Keep it up, guys!




2016 Short-Season Pitcher of the Year

jordan-delorenzo-state-college-2017The award for this level of the minor leagues came down to only two pitchers this year, and while both were very good, one juuuuust edged the other. So, the 2016 short-season pitcher of the year award goes to Jordan DeLorenzo (Front Royal 2013)!

Jordan, pitching for State College in the New York-Penn League, pitched mostly out of the bullpen. In 14 relief appearances (he started one game, too), he went 2-1, 2.90, with a 1.29 WHIP, 3.5 BB/9, and 11.0 K/9 in 31 innings pitched. He also saved one game. The high K/9 comes from 38 K’s in those 31 innings. He also pitched in 2 games for Peoria in the Midwest League, but those stats are not added here.

Jordan was drafted in the 12th round in 2014 by the Cardinals. He pitched in only 6 games in 2014 in the Appalachian League, and then 17 games in the Rookie-Level Gulf Coast League in 2015. Hopefully he will make a full-season team in 2017!

Previous Winners:

2015- Brody Greer (Rockbridge 2012), Hillsboro in the Northwest League
2014- Ryan Yarbrough (Luray 2012), Everett in the Northwest League

Other for Consideration:

Chad Martin (Aldie 2014), Staten Island: 4-0, 2.73, 1.27 WHIP, 4.6 BB/9, 8.5 K/9 in 33 IP

Front Royal Cardinal's pitcher Jordan DeLorenzo Rich Cooley/Daily

DeLorenzo pitching for Front Royal in 2013