Plumlee, Zombro, Almonte Have Excellent Outings

Three former Valley Leaguers performed very well in their starts over the past half week or so. Let’s take a look!

  • Peyton Plumlee (Strasburg 2016) threw 6 excellent innings against Tennessee in Mississippi State’s 14-4 victory on Saturday. He allowed 5 hits, 1 unearned run, 1 walk, and struck out 6. For the season, he’s now 3-1, 2.84, with 30 hits, 8 walks, and 24 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings pitched.
  • Tyler Zombro (Staunton 2014) threw a complete game shutout against Fordham on Friday for George Mason. He allowed 6 hits, 0 walks, and struck out 1. He only threw 83 pitches in the 9 innings. Overall, he’s 1-3, 2.48, with 39 hits, 6 walks, and 27 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings.
  • Abraham Almonte (Strasburg 2016) also threw a shutout, albeit “only” 7 innings, in the second game of a doubleheader for Philadelphia University against Caldwell on Saturday. He gave up 2 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 7. Overall, he’s now 2-1, 2.20, with 34 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings pitched.

Way to go, guys!

Plumlee, Valdes, and Valentin Also Off to Great Starts!

In the same vein as yesterday’s look at three former Valley Leaguers who are hitting well so far this college season, today we have three pitchers who are “shoving it,” so to speak, so far in 2017!

  • Erne Valdes (Front Royal 2016) has made four starts so far for St. Thomas, and has been lights out. He’s 4-0, 2.11 in 21 1/3 innings, while allowing only 14 hits, 10 walks, and striking out 35! That’s a K/9 of 14.79!
  • Brandon Valentin (Front Royal 2016) has also been excellent for St. Thomas. He’s 0-1, 1.00, with 2 saves, in 9 innings. He’s allowed 4 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 5.
  • Last but certainly not least, Peyton Plumlee (Strasburg 2016) has been awesome in his first two starts for Mississippi State. He’s 2-0, 0.64 in 14 innings, while allowing only 7 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 12.

Well done, guys!

Valdes

Valdes

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Valentin

Plumlee

Plumlee

#10 Starting Pitcher: Peyton Plumlee, Strasburg

Peyton Plumlee NW MS Comm CollegeAccording to ATVL, the 10th best starting pitcher in the 2016 Valley League season is Peyton Plumlee, from Strasburg and Mississippi State!

Peyton had an excellent summer for the league champs, going 5-0, 2.46 in 9 games (6 starts), with a 1.199 WHIP, 4.2 BB/9, and 7.4 K/9 in 36 2/3 innings pitched. He also started one game in the playoffs, in which he gave up 2 hits, 2 earned runs, 5 walks, and struck out 8 in a no-decision. His best start of the summer was on June 13 against Charlottesville, a 6-1 victory, when he allowed only 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, and struck out 3 in 6 innings. Peyton was named first team All-Valley League by the media and coaches after the season.

Peyton spent his 2016 college season at Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he went 6-2, 4.58 in 55 innings, while allowing 57 hits, 23 walks, and striking out 53. He started 9 games and appeared in one out of the bullpen.

Now Peyton is at Mississippi State, and we’ll see how his excellent summer translates into his sophomore season!

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#3 Hitter: Tanner Poole, Waynesboro

Tanner Poole Miss St 2016Welcome to the top three 2016 Valley League hitters!

Our 3rd best hitter is Mississippi State’s Tanner Poole, who was a consistent run producer in the Waynesboro General lineup.

In 41 games and 156 at-bats, Tanner hit 333/467/558, with 49 runs scored, 27 RBIs, 52 hits, 7 doubles, 5 triples, 6 home runs, 27 walks, and 21 stolen bases. He finished in the top 8 of 10 different hitting categories! Here they are: 1st in runs scored, tied for 1st in triples, 2nd in on-base percentage, 3rd in hits and slugging percentage, tied for 3rd in walks and stolen bases, tied for 4th in home runs, tied for 7th in RBIs, and 8th in batting average. Wow.

His two top games were tremendous. First of all, he went 4-5, with 2 runs, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs and a stolen base against Staunton on June 30th. Secondly, he went 5-5 against Front Royal on June 14, with 2 runs, a home run, 2 RBIs, and a walk. He also hit a home run in the all-star game in Harrisonburg, and then went 3-24 with another home run in the playoffs. He was named first team All-Valley in the outfield after the season, Baseball America tagged him as the 5th best pro prospect in the league, and Perfect Game had him at #2.

The proof in in the stats: Tanner has produced exceptionally well every season he’s played. In 2014, at Itawamba Community College, he hit 353/420/504 in 119 at-bats, while leading his team with 3 triples and 10 stolen bases. He was named Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State.

The next year, in the 2015 season, he hit even better, finishing 378/447/643 in 143 at-bats. He led the Itawamba team in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs (46), hits (54), doubles (12), triples (4), home runs (6), RBIs (29), and stolen bases (26). He was again named MACJC All-State, and also NJCAA All-Region. Tanner will play for Mississippi State this spring.

Congratulations on your excellent summer, Tanner!

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(Michelle L. Mitchell/News Virginian)

(Michelle L. Mitchell/News Virginian)

Playoffs Day 7; Wednesday August 3

Now we’re down to one series left….

Result

Strasburg 12, Front Royal 4 (Express win series, 2-1. The Express scored 4 runs in the 2nd, 5th, and 8th innings to leave no doubt about the victor in the elimination game 3 with Front Royal.)

Hitter of the Day

Jeffery Scott Lincoln TrailThe HOD is Jeffery Scott, from Strasburg and Bowling Green State! Jeffery, transferring from Lincoln Trail, went 2-4, with 2 runs, 4 RBIs, a triple, and a home run. Jeffery is hitting 267/353/733 in 15 at-bats in the playoffs, and hit 245/350/429 in 98 at-bats in the regular season. This Express lineup is roaring into the finals like a…. freight train. (Sorry, I had to.)

Others of Note

Martin Napleton, Front Royal: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, HR
Haiden Lamb, Strasburg: 2-5, 2 runs
Erick Delgado, Strasburg: 2-5, run, RBI, 2B
Brandon Quaranta, Strasburg (On this list every day, it seems): 2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2B, HR

Pitcher of the Day

It’s Keegan James, Strasburg’s starter, who is enrolled at Mississippi State. Keegan threw 7 innings, and allowed 6 Keegan James Miss St 2016hits, 4 earned runs, 1 walk, and struck out 7. He earned a game score of 55. Keegan is now 2-0, 2.76 in the playoffs, after going 1-0, 3.41 in 26.1 innings in the regular season.

Other of Note

Abraham Almonte, Strasburg: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K’s

Tonight’s Game

Waynesboro (TBD) at Strasburg (TBD)- game one of the championship series. Did you know that this is the first time that the top two teams are facing each other in the finals since 2003? And even then, three teams tied for the 2nd best record. In 2001 the top two faced each other, but there were only 8 teams and 2 rounds of playoffs back then.

Playoffs, Day 2: Friday, July 30

All four games were played last night! One series has ended already, two of the others have the underdog up 1-0, and one top seed held serve (to use a tennis metaphor).

Here we go:

Results

Front Royal 6, Winchester 5 (10 innings- down 5-3 in the top of the 9th, with 2 outs and no one on base, the Cardinals put together 3 singles and an error to tie the game. Then in the 10th, Clay Hunt and Joey Mundy hit back-to-back doubles to defeat the higher-seeded Royals. The Cards will try to finish things off tonight at home.)

Strasburg 16, Purcellville 6 (The Express hit 2 doubles and 4 home runs to crush the Cannons in game one of their series. Strasburg was up 14-0 after 6 innings. See below for who put up these crazy numbers.)

Waynesboro 11, Staunton 6 (Generals finish off the Braves in a sweep. This was an odd one- the score was 3-2 after 7 innings, but then both teams erupted to score a combined 12 runs over the last 12 outs. Again, see below to see who did the most damage. Waynesboro now waits for the winner of the Covington-Harrisonburg series.)

Covington 8, Harrisonburg 6 (Down 6-4 going into the 8th, the Jacks erupted for 4 runs, thanks to two home runs and a double. The Jacks now try to finish the series off at home tonight.)

Hitter(s) of the Day

Two hitters had almost exactly the same night, so, for today, we have two hitters of the day!

  • Brandon Quaranta, Strasburg and Philadelphia University: 3-4, 4 runs, 5 RBIs, walk, and 2 home runs
  • Zach Sterry, Waynesboro and Oakland University: 3-4, 4 runs, 5 RBIs, hit-by-pitch, 2 home runs, and one stolen base.

See what I mean? Almost identical hitting lines. If these two keep this up, the Express and the Generals are going to be hard to beat (and will eventually play each other in the finals, too).

Brandon Quaranta

Brandon Quaranta

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Zach Sterry

 

 

 

 

 

Others of Note

Michael Hartnagel, Front Royal: 3-5, run, 3B
Joey Mundy, Front Royal: 3-5, 2 runs, 2B
Clay Hunt, Front Royal: 2-4, run, RBI, 2 2B
Jarrett Clymer, Purcellville: 2-3, RBI, BB, 2 2B
Erick Delgado, Strasburg: 2-3, 4 runs, BB, 2B, HBP, 2 SB
Michael Curry, Strasburg: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B
Jacob Tisevich, Strasburg: 2-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, HR
Andrew Bullock, Waynesboro: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, HR
Andrew Kuwalo, Staunton: 2-5, run, 2 RBIs, HR
Jose Carrera, Covington: 2-5, 2 runs, RBI, 2B, SB
Juan Given, Covington: 3-5, run, 3 RBIs, HR
Brandon Vicens, Covington: 2-5, 2 runs, RBI, 2B, HR
Jason Serchay, Harrisonburg: 2-4, 2 RBIs

Pitcher(s) of the Day

Similar to the hitters of the day, we also have a tie for the best pitcher of the evening (with another starter pretty close, too). Both of these young men ended up with a game score of 69:

  • Blake Whitney, Front Royal and USC Upstate: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K’s, no decision
  • Keegan James, Strasburg and Mississippi State: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K’s, win

This is the 3rd time Blake is POD, while it’s the 2nd time for Keegan.

Blake Whitney

Blake Whitney

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Keegan James

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other of Note

John Lollar, Winchester: 8 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K’s (65)

Tonight’s Games

Strasburg (Benjamin Dum) at Purcellville (Pat Doudican) (Strasburg up 1-0)
Harrisonburg (Brandon Caples) at Covington (Orlando Cannon) (Covington up 1-0)
Winchester (Joey Jones) at Front Royal (Jacob Ramos) (Front Royal up 1-0)

Everything That Happened, Tuesday July 26

Five games played last night…. and I have the sneaking suspicion that a couple of these teams didn’t try very hard. (Understandable, with the playoffs coming up on Thursday.) Let’s take a look at the outcomes.

Results

Strasburg 11, Purcellville 5 (Preview of semi-finals in North)
Charlottesville 5, Covington 0 (5 innings. 5 innings? Did it rain?)
Waynesboro 8, Staunton 0 (Preview of semi-finals in South)
New Market 17, Front Royal 2 (Rebs go out with a bang!)
Winchester 10, Woodstock 3 (Royals prepare for Front Royal; Bandits end the season 11-31)

Hitter of the Day

Tanner Poole Miss St 2016Tons of good hitting performances last night; it’s what you might expect with 61 runs scored in 5 games. Our hitter of the day is Waynesboro’s Tanner Poole, from Mississippi State, for the 3rd time in the past 7 days! Tanner went 2-5, with a run, 4 RBIs, a triple, and a home run. Once again, I must say that Tanner has had a super regular season, and will most likely be in the top 7 or so of ATVL’s list of top hitters in the season. He has hit 333/467/558 in 156 at-bats, with 49 runs, 27 RBIs, 7 doubles, 5 triples, 6 home runs, 21 stolen bases, and a 27/40 BB/K ratio.

Others of Note

Carter Pharis, Strasburg: 3-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B
Michael Curry, Georgia: 2-3, run, 3 RBIs, 2B, HR
Tommy Richter, Strasburg: 2-3, run, RBI, BB, 2 2B
Zack Sterry, Waynesboro: 3-5, 2B
Luke Manzo, New Market: 2-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B, HBP
Brady Lloyd, New Market: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2B, 2 BB
Chase DeMars, New Market: 2-5, 2 runs, 5 RBIs, 2B, HR
Jacob Koos, Winchester: 3-6, 2 runs, RBI, SB
Devin Gearhart, Winchester: 3-5, run, 2 RBIs
Derek Gibree, Winchester: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB
Ryan Keegan, Winchester: 2-5, 2 RBIs, 2B
Nick Ward, Woodstock: 2-5, 2B
Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 2-5, run, RBI, 2B
Cole German, Woodstock: 2-3, run, 3B

Pitcher of the Day

For the 2nd time, our pitcher of the day is once again Charlottesville’s Matthew Sullivan, from Lenoir-Rhyne! Matthew threw 5Matt Sullivan Lenoir Rhyne 2016 shutout innings against Covington while allowing 2 hits, 0 walks, and striking out 6. He earned the win and a game score of 69. Matthew’s Valley League season is over, but after 7 games started this summer, he was 3-1, 2.84, with 41 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched. Seems to be a strong candidate for a top 10 starter spot in ATVL’s off season lists!

Others of Note

Logan Weins, New Market: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K’s, win
Justin Camp, New Market: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, ) BB, 3 K’s (I believe he should have a save, too)

Tonight’s Games

None! We have a day off before the playoffs start on Thursday!