#10 Starting Pitcher: Payton Kinney, Waynesboro

Payton Kinney NEbraska Omaha 2017The 10th best starting pitcher in the 2017 Valley League season is Waynesboro’s Payton Kinney!

Payton, a 6-foot-3, 215 pound righthander from Nebraska-Omaha, put up the following statline for the Generals:

Way ERA W L G GS IP H R ER BB K BAVG WHIP BB/9 K/9
2017 3.40 4 0 9 7 37.0 38 20 14 12 32 0.260 1.351 2.9 7.8
Play 1.00 1 0 1 1 9.0 6 1 1 1 4 0.212 0.778 1.0 4.0

Of the pitchers considered for this list, Payton finished 9th in ERA, tied for 7th in strikeouts, 10th in batting average against, 8th in BB/9, and tied for 6th in K/9. His best start was the playoff start you see above, which was against Harrisonburg on July 29th. He also threw 6 shutout, one-hit innings against the Turks on June 14th. He was named 2nd team All-Valley.

Here are his college stats:

ERA W L G GS IP H R ER BB K BAVG WIP BB/9 K/9
2017 3.88 3 3 16 3 51.0 39 25 22 31 56 0.204 1.373 5.5 9.9
2016 5.40 4 4 11 7 41.7 44 34 25 18 62 1.487 3.9 13.4
2015 4.17 8 2 14 12 69.0 71 47 32 22 52 1.348 2.9 6.8

Payton redshirted in 2014, and spent 2015 and 2016 at Southeast Community College, a junior college in Nebraska.

Congratulations on your excellent summer, Payton!

Payton Kinney Nebraska Omaha 2017

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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

Results from Wednesday June 14

Three of the five scheduled games were played last night- let’s take a look!

Results

Covington 5, Woodstock 4
Waynesboro 7, Harrisonburg 0
Strasburg 3, Purcellville 2
Charlottesville-Staunton and Front Royal-New Market were postponed

Hitter of the Day

Danton Hyman Newberry 2017Danton Hyman is our hitter of the day, after going 3-5, with a run, 2 RBIs, and a double. Weirdly, this is the second day in a row that he had exactly the same hitting line! Danton was the 10th best hitter in the league in 2016, and is off to a scorching start this year as well. The sophomore from Newberry is hitting 409/462/500 in 44 at-bats.

Others of Note

Nicolas Lares, Covington: pinch hit walk off 2-run HR
Andrew Robinson, Waynesboro: 2-5, run, BB, 2B
Parker Phillips, Waynesboro: 2-4, run, 3 RBIs, 2B

Pitcher of the Day

Three excellent choices (well, five) for today, but the best start was thrown byPayton Kinney Nebraska Omaha 2017 Waynesboro’s Payton Kinney, from Nebraska Omaha! Payton threw 6 shutout innings while allowing only 1 hit, 1 walk, and striking out 6. He earned a game score of 75. After three starts and 15 1/3 innings for the Generals, Payton is 2-0, 2.34, with 14 K’s.

Others of Note

Francisco Fernandez, Covington: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s (69)
Brady Jones, Woodstock: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K’s
Tyler Thompson, Waynesboro: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K’s
Dylan Hall, Strasburg: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K’s (68)

Thursday’s Schedule

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

Results from Wednesday, June 7

Running a bit behind today, but here are the results from Wednesday night…

Results

Purcellville 9, Front Royal 7
Waynesboro 6, Harrisonburg 4
Winchester 11, Covington 5
Woodstock 8, Strasburg 4
New Market 11, Charlottesville 7

Hitter of the Day

Andrew Zban Marshall 2017This is an interesting choice, I think, but the HOD is Purcellville’s Andrew Zban, from Marshall! Andrew only had two at-bats last night, but he had two mighty swings- he went 2-2, with 2 runs, 3 RBIs, a triple, and a home run. He’s now 4-10 this summer.

Others of Note

Ty Andrus, Harrisonburg: 3-4, 3 runs, BB
Dillon Reed, Winchester: 3-5, 2 runs, 2 2B, SB
Nick Goode, Winchester: 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 BB
Hunter Lipscomb, New Market: 2-4, 3 runs, 2 BB
Jake Washer, New Market: 1-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 3 BB
Alec Aleywine, New Market: 3-6, run, 3 RBIs, SB
Jack Hartman, New Market: 2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B
Chase Sudduth, New Market: 2-5, 2 RBIs, BB
Kyle Battle, Charlottesville: 2-5, 2 runs, HBP, SB
Michael Wielansky, Charlottesville: 3-6, 2 runs, SB
Vinnie Pasquantino, Charlottesville: 2-4, run, 3 RBIs, BB, 2B, HBP
Ari Sechopoulos, Charlottesville: 2-4, run, 2 BB

Pitcher of the Day

The pitcher with the highest game score last night is Waynesboro’s Grant Suponchick, Grant Suponchick Nebraska Omaha 2017from Nebraska Omaha! Grant threw 5 shutout innings, while allowing 3 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 3. He earned the win and a game score of 63. This was his second game as a General so far; he has not allowed a run in 6 2/3 innings.

Others of Note

Will Heflin, Front Royal: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K (51)
Tyler Swiggart, Winchester: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K’s, save
Parker Boyle Walker Jones, Covington: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Levi Gesell, New Market: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 1 K
Nathan Pawelczyk, New Market: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K’s, win

Tonight’s Schedule

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

#11 Reliever: Brett Sasse, Waynesboro

brett-sasse-neb-omaha-2016This is an odd occurrence- our #11 reliever, Brett Sasse, from Waynesboro and Nebraska Omaha, was also ATVL’s #7 starting pitcher in the 2015 Valley League season!

Brett has had an excellent two seasons in the Valley. In 2016, he went 2-0, 2.20, with a 0.920 WHIP, 1.1 BB/9, and 6.1 K/9 in 16 1/3 innings pitched. His BB/9 ranks 3rd among all relievers surveyed for this list. In 2015, he went 2-2, 2.77, with a 1.128 WHIP, 0.7 BB/9, and 5.3 K/9 in 39 innings. He walked only 3 batters in 2015, and 2 in 2016. I would say that Brett controls his pitches pretty well.

The Business major redshirted in 2013 at Omaha. In 2014, he threw only 5 1/3 innings. In 2015, he went 0-2, 5.79, with 2 saves, in 28 innings pitched. In 2016, he went 2-4, 8.36 in 37 2/3 innings- in 10 appearances out of the bullpen and 4 starts. He walked 16 and struck out 35.

Brett has received some academic honors, too. He made the Summit League Winter/Spring Honor Roll and “Distinguished Scholars List” in both 2013-14 and 2014-15, and was named to the Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence in 2014-15.

Congratulations, Brett!

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#13 Hitter: Clayton Taylor, Waynesboro

Clayton Taylor Nebraska Omaha 2015Our first two hitters on this list, Matthew Koehler and Seth Lancaster, were both college sophomore with relatively little track record in college ball.

Our #13 hitter, though, is the opposite- he’s a college senior with three years of full-time experience under his belt. This young man is Clayton Taylor, the 6-foot-4 infielder attending Nebraska-Omaha, who played the 2015 summer for the Waynesboro Generals.

Clayton hit 292/394/451 in 41 games and 144 at-bats for the Generals, along with 26 runs, 30 RBIs, 8 doubles, 5 home runs, 7 stolen bases, and a 16/28 BB/K ratio. Clayton was second on the team in runs, hits, and doubles, and led the team in home runs, RBIs, and walks. He also hit very well in the playoffs, going 8-25 with 2 runs and 4 RBIs.

Taylor has been a very important contributor for Mavericks in his first three years of college. In 2013, as a freshman, Clayton hit 352/464/443 in 122 at-bats, along with 8 doubles, a home run, 18 RBIs, and a 23/17 BB/K ratio. The next year, as a sophomore, Taylor hit 342/421/599 in 187 at-bats, with 40 runs, 17 doubles, 2 triples, a huge 9 home runs, and 48 RBIs. He added a 18/29 BB/K ratio.

Then as a junior, just before he joined the Generals, Taylor hit 308/403/490 in 198 at-bats, with 42 runs, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 8 home runs, 42 RBIs, and a 25/32 BB/K ratio.

As you might imagine, he has raked in the awards in his first three years (because he applies himself in the classroom, too). Let’s take a look:

  • 1st Team Academic All-District 7 (2014, 2015)
  • All-Summit 1st Team (2014, 2015)
  • All-Summit 2nd Team (2013)
  • Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American 2013
  • Summit League Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Summit League Distinguished Scholars List (2013-14, 2014-15)
  • Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence (2013-14, 2014-15)

Wow. Clayton’s majoring in IT innovation, by the way.

So there it is, brilliant readers! Our #13 hitter has a few awards on the wall already. Watch for another excellent year for the Mavericks!

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#7 Starting Pitcher: Brett Sasse, Waynesboro

Brett Sasse

Brett Sasse

The 7th best starting pitcher in the Valley League in the summer of 2015 is Waynesboro’s Brett Sasse!

Brett, a 6-foot righthander from Nebraska-Omaha, went 2-2, 2.77, with a 1.128 WHIP, 0.7 BB/9, and 5.3 K/9 in 39 innings for the Generals. He allowed 41 hits, but walked only 3 batters all season, and struck out 23. His best start was on July 6th at Woodstock, when he threw 9 shutout innings while allowing only 2 hits, 0 walks, and struck out 6. This was, by game score, the best start of the entire season by any pitcher!

For Nebraska-Omaha, Sasse redshirted in 2013, and threw only 5 1/3 innings in 2014. In 2015, he went 0-2, 5.79, with 2 saves in 28 innings, with 37 hits allowed, 10 walks, and 17 strikeouts. He pitched in 14 games, with just one of them a start.

Brett’s doing his work in the classroom, too. He was named to the Summit League’s Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll AND the Distinguished Scholars List in both 2013-14 and 2014-2015. He was also named to the Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence in 2014-15. He is majoring in business.

Way to go, Brett!

Brett Sasse Waynesboro Generals 2015