Results from Thursday July 20

Five games, with another doubleheader for C-ville….


Charlottesville 5, Purcellville 3 (7 innings, game 1)
Charlottesville 4, Purcellville 0 (7 innings, game 2)
Harrisonburg 4, Front Royal 3
Winchester 7, Staunton 5
Woodstock 6, Covington 5

Hitter of the Day

Jared McDonald Grand Canyon 2017Our hitter of the day is Front Royal’s Jared McDonald, from Grand Canyon (and soon to be Western Oregon)! Jared went 3-3, with a run, 2 RBIs, 2 doubles, a hit-by-pitch, and a home run. He is now hitting 284/366/457 in 116 at-bats this summer, with 8 doubles and 4 home runs.

Others of Note

Keenan Bell, Charlottesville: 2-3, 2 runs, RBI, 2 2B
Brandon Johnson, Charlottesville: 3-3, 3 RBIs
Steven Carpenter, Charlottesville: 3-4, run, 2 2B
Joe Lytle, Harrisonburg: 3-4, run, 3 RBIs, 2B, HR
Cody Wilson, Winchester: 2-5, 2 RBIs, 2 2B
Alejandro Rivero, Winchester: 2-3, BB, HBP, SB
Max Wood, Staunton: 3-5, 2B, SB
Austin Edens, Staunton: 2-2, 3 runs, HBP
Lee Clark, Covington: 3-5, run, RBI
Ryan Alvarez, Covington: 2-4, run, BB

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Charlottesville’s Rick Spiers, from Randolph Macon, who threw 5 shutout Rick Spiers Charlottesville 2017innings in game 2 of the Tom Sox’s doubleheader. He allowed 2 hits, 0 walks, and struck out 6 for a game score of 69. Rick is now a ridiculous 4-0, 0.81, with 25 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched this summer.

Others of Note

Sean McCracken, Charlottesville: 6 Ip, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s, win (56)
Ryan Leckich, Front Royal: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K’s (59)
Rhett Willis, Harrisonburg: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, win
Trent Spikes, Woodstock: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K’s
Eric Rosenberg, Covington: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K’s

Friday’s Games

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



Results from Monday, June 26


Strasburg 2, Woodstock 1 (Express only had 1 hit!)
Front Royal 14, New Market 5
Purcellville 8, Staunton 5

Hitter of the Day

Knoxville, TN - 2017.01.09 - HeadshotOur HOD is Tennessee’s Luc Lipcius, from Front Royal! Luc was on base 5 times last night, going 4-5, with 2 runs and a walk. He’s 22-61 so far this summer, with a slash line of 361/480/508.

Others of Note

Chase Sudduth, New Market: 2-3, 2 runs, RBI, 2B, SF, SB
Conner Corbitt, New Market: 2-3, run, 2 2B
Nick Barber, New Market: 2-3, 2 2B
Jaden Hassell, Front Royal: 4-6, run, RBI
Marc Mumper, Front Royal: 3-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs
Sheldon Reed, Purcellville: 3-5, run, RBI
Onassis Matos, Purcellville: 2-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, 2B, HR, BB
Antwaun Tucker, Staunton: 2-4, run, RBI, BB

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD, for the third time already, is Zachary Peek, from Strasburg and Winthrop! The Zach Peek Winthrop 2017winner in all three of his starts so far, Zach went 7 innings, and allowed 6 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, and struck out 6. He earned the win and a game score of 66. Zach is now 3-0, 1.28, with 12 hits, 4 walks, and 25 strikeouts in 21 innings.

Others of Note

Trent Spikes, Woodstock: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 0 K’s (62)
Trevor Harris, Front Royal: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K’s

Tuesday’s Games

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

League Record Book: Innings Pitched

“Innings Pitched” is not a very sexy category, is it? I thought it was interesting, though, so I decided to include it this year.

Most innings pitched since the 2004 Valley League season:

1 Tucker Pryor Front Royal 2008 79.0
2 Joshua MacDonald New Market 2005 76.0
3 Aaron Luchterhand Harrisonburg 2011 73.0
4 Drew Granier Harrisonburg 2010 72.2
5 Kyle Dubois Woodstock 2004 72.1
6 Lee Tabor New Market 2005 71.0
7 Peden Rucker Winchester 2005 70.2
8 Ross Fetterly New Market 2007 69.2
9 Jon Dages Waynesboro 2007 68.2
Ben Hildreth Haymarket 2008 68.2

Why is this instructive? The latest pitcher to join this list was a full five seasons ago- Aaron Luchterhand, in 2011. This year, Brandon Caples (Purcellville AND Harrisonburg) got the closest- he finished with 62 1/3 innings pitched. Managers are functioning with pitch counts and innings limits more and more, so this isn’t surprising.

Also, it’s strange that only two members of this list went on the play affiliated baseball- Drew Granier and Lee Tabor. I believe both are retired now.

Next up is the much-more-sexy category of strikeouts!


Tucker Pryor, way back in 2009


Top Playoff Relief Pitchers

Due to popular request, today we’ll take a look at the top relievers in the playoffs. Pitchers had to pitch in more than one inning to be eligible.

9. Dylan Burns, Waynesboro and South Florida: 0-0, 2.45, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K’s

8. Tanner Kirby, Waynesboro and Arkansas State: 0-0, 1.80, 5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

7. Will Reed, Purcellville and Harford: 0-0, 0.00, 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s

6. Tyler Elwer, Waynesboro and Georgia State: 0-0, 0.00, 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

5. Tanner Muovich, Covington and Bluefield State: 0-0, 2.25, 4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s

4. Nicholas Purpera, Covington and Cumberlands: 0-0, 0.00, 1 save, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K

3. Abraham Almonte, Strasburg and Philadelphia University: 0-0, 0.00, 1 save, 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K’s

2. Brandon Quaranta, Strasburg and Philadelphia University: 0-0, 0.00, 1 save, 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K’s

and the top reliever in the playoffs is:

Mitch Stophel, Front Royal and King: 1-0, 0.00, 1 save, 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K’s

Congrats to all!

Mitch Stophel Front Royal 2016 FB

Not Quite Everything That Happened, Tuesday July 19

Sometimes there are several walk-offs in a Valley League evening… sometimes not. Last night saw four games all decided by at least 6 runs. In fact, 58 runs were scored in these four games. Wow.


Winchester 14, Purcellville 5 (Royals crush the Cannons with an onslaught of 22 hits and 14 runs. TWO Royals went 5-5 in this one. The Cannons are still one game behind New Market for the final playoff spot, with 6 to play. Winchester, also with 6 games left, trails first place Strasburg by 4.5 games, and leads 3rd place Front Royal by 3.)

Front Royal 10, Woodstock 4 (The Cards pummel the Bandits. With 6 to play, the Cards are 3 games behind 2nd place Winchester, and 3 games ahead of 4th place New Market. The Bandits are now 5 games out of the last playoff spot in the North with 6 games to play.)

Staunton 9, Harrisonburg 1 (Braves use a 7-run 7th (in which 6 of the runs were unearned) to wallop the Turks. Turks are now 2 games behind Waynesboro for the top seed in the South with 6 to play. Staunton are 2 games ahead of the Tom Sox for the last playoff spot in the South with 8 games left.)

Covington 13, Strasburg 2 (Jacks are THIS close to clinching a playoff spot. By the way, something happened to the Express side of the boxscore, so I have no information about half of this game.)

Hitter of the Day

Zac Wiley Bellarmine 2016Our HOD is Zac Wiley, from Front Royal and Bellarmine! Zac went 4-4, with 2 runs, 4 RBIs, a double, and a home run. He’s now hitting 320/419/550 in 100 at-bats this summer, along with 16 runs, 21 RBIs, 8 doubles, and 5 home runs.

Others of Note

Spencer Levine, Winchester: 2-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, HR
Ricardo Soto, Winchester: 5-5, run, RBI
Kevin Fuller, Winchester: 5-5, 2 runs
Christian Leung, Woodstock: 3-4, run
Bernabe Camargo, Front Royal: 2-5, 2 runs, 2 2B
Bruce Valentin, Covington: 3-6, run, RBI, 2 2B
Juan Given, Covington: 2-3, 3 runs, 2 BB, HBP, SB
Fabian Pena, Covington: 3-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, 2B, HR
Miguel Reyes, Covington: 3-4, 3 runs, RBI, 2B, HBP, HR
Keegan Maronpot, Staunton: 3-5, run, RBI, 2B

Pitcher of the Day

It’s odd that the pitcher of the day would come from the losing side of a 9-1 blowout, but Harrisonburg’s Chris Farish Chris Farish Wake Forest 2016came out right before the wheels came off for the Turks. In his first start of the summer, the Wake Forest Demon Deacon threw 6 innings, and allowed 5 hits, 1 earned run, 4 walks, and struck out 6. His game score is 60. He’s now 1-0, 3.50 in 18 innings this summer.

Others of Note

Andrew Green, Purcellville: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K’s
Blake Whitney, Front Royal: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K’s, win (53)
Mike Hanchar, Covington: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K’s, win (54)
Thaddeus Ward, Staunton: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K’s (59)

Tonight’s Games

Purcellville (Zach Sloan) at Charlottesville (Matthew Sullivan)
New Market (TBD) at Strasburg (Peyton Plumlee)
Waynesboro (Tyler Howe) at Covington (Orlando Cannon)
Woodstock (TBD) at Staunton (Sm Vicenzo)
Front Royal (TBD) at Harrisonburg (John McCarren)

#1 Starting Pitcher: Keegan Long, Front Royal

Well, here we are: finally, at the top of the list of top starting pitchers in the 2014 Valley League season!

Before we get to the choice, though, let’s take a look at previous winners:

2013: Ricky Winters, Woodstock

2012: Jansen Carr, Winchester

2011: Aaron Luchterhand, Harrisonburg

2010: Greg Nappo, Haymarket

2009: Grant Sasser, Haymarket

2008: Drew Rucinski, Luray

2007: Dustin Umberger, Luray

This year, the top two starters come from the same team, which hasn’t happened since Dustin Umberger and Rob Gilliam took the top spots in 2007.

Photo by Ken Pullen

Photo by Ken Pullen

Without further ado, the top starting pitcher in the league in 2014 is Front Royal’s Keegan Long, from St. Joseph’s! Keegan joins Jake Harper to make a tough duo at the top of the list.

The 6-foot-2 junior righthander had a fantastic season for the Cardinals. He went 4-2, 1.61, with a .205 batting average against, 1.074 WHIP, 2.6 BB/9, and 8.3 K/9 in 44 2/3 innings pitched. He finished 1st in the league in ERA, 2nd in batting average against, and 3rd in WHIP. He also started and won one game in the playoffs, going 6 innings, and allowing 6 hits, 5 runs (but only 1 earned), 2 walks, and striking out 4.

Keegan’s two best starts were both in June. The first, on June 7th, was against Strasburg, when he threw 6 shutout innings and allowed only 1 hit, 1 walk, and struck out 2. The next was exactly a week later, when he shut out Winchester over 7 innings and allowed only 2 hits, 0 walks, and struck out 8. The second one earned him a game score of over 80.

In college, things have been a mixed bag thus far. As a freshman in 2013, Keegan only pitched 10 2/3 innings. As a sophomore, he went 0-4, 7.18, while allowing 31 hits, 12 walks, and striking out 20 in 26 1/3 innings.

Congratulations on your excellent season in the Valley, Keegan, and good luck this spring at St. Joseph’s!

League Record Book: On-Base Percentage

In our next installment of the Valley League record book (since 2004), we have on-base percentage.

This list has been destroyed this year, not unlike the way the power numbers were radically changed during the 2o12 season. Three players clocked in with an OBP over .500, with two of the three recording one of the top three OBPs since 2004.

This is what it looks like:

1 Nick Sinay Front Royal 2014 0.534
2 Jordan Tarsovich Strasburg 2013 0.522
3 Cole Gruber Waynesboro 2014 0.518
4 Luke Greinke Winchester 2007 0.517
5 Ryan Sullivan Covington 2012 0.516
Blake Sipe Staunton 2012 0.516
7 Mike Schwartz Harrisonburg 2009 0.508
8 Mike Marcinko Waynesboro 2014 0.502
9 Tyler Townsend Winchester 2008 0.500
10 Jason Kipnis Covington 2007 0.498

So, Front Royal’s Nick Sinay has taken over the top spot by a huge margin, with Waynesboro’s Cole Gruber coming in 3rd, and Mike Marcinko coming in 8th.

Interestingly, this list is not as full of pro players like the batting average list. Sinay, Gruber, and Marcinko, along with Jordan Tarsovich, Ryan Sullivan, and Blake Sipe, still have college eligibility left. Greinke played in pro ball, but as a pitcher (and briefly, at that). Schwartz got a small taste of affiliated pro ball, and has been in the Frontier League the last number of seasons (he was actually the All-Star game MVP in 2014). Townsend was a high draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles, but just couldn’t stay healthy, and has since retired.

Kipnis is the star of this list, of course. Mostly the starting second baseman for the Cleveland Indians, Jason has carved a space in the major leagues for himself.

So there you have it- the best OBPs in the last 11 seasons!