Results from Sunday, June 25

Scores

Woodstock 2, Winchester 0 (in a quick 2 hours and 1 minute)
Charlottesville 3, Waynesboro 2
Harrisonburg 10, Covington 6
New Market 7, Staunton 6 (Game ended on a caught stealing!)

Hitter of the Day

Jake Washer ECU 2017I must admit that I love the longball. Thus, our hitter of the day is none other than Jake Washer, from New Market and East Carolina, who hit two home runs in five at-bats for the Rebs last night. He’s now hitting 328/408/541 in 61 at-bats, with a total of 4 home runs so far.

Others of Note

Luke Robinson, Waynesboro: 2-2, 2 BB
Tony Beam, Harrisonburg: 2-3, run, 3 RBIs, BB, SF, SB
Andrew Llewellyn, Harrisonburg: 2-4, 3 RBIs, BB, 2B, SB
Bryan Arias, Harrisonburg: 2-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 3B
Sebastian Dunn, Covington: 2-3, run, BB, 2B
Zach Evers, Waynesboro: 3-4, RBI, BB, 2B, SB
Ty Andrus, Harrisonburg: 3-4, 3 runs, 2 BB, 2 SB
Alec Aleywine, New Market: 3-4, run, BB
Pablo Cabrera, New Market: 2-3, run, 2 BB, 2B
Chase Sudduth, New Market: 2-5, run, 2 RBIs, 2B
Antwaun Tucker, Staunton: 2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, HR, SB

Pitcher of the Day

The POD is Woodstock’s Brady Wilkinson, from Division-II Glenville State College! Brady Brady Wilkinson Glenville State 2017threw 7 shutout innings for the River Bandits, while allowing 6 hits, 0 walks, and striking out 6. He earned the win and a game score of 71. He is now 2-0, 3.13 in 23 innings pitched this summer.

Others of Note

Kyle Fulton, Winchester: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s, loss (60)
Jaret LaCagnina, Winchester: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Israel Fuentes, Waynesboro: 5 Ip, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K’s
Rick Spiers, Charlottesville: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K’s
John Gregory, Harrisonburg: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K’s, win
Joe Bobiak, New Market: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K’s (60)

Monday’s Games

Woodstock at Strasburg
Front Royal at New Market
Purcellville at Staunton

Results From Saturday June 17

Let’s take a look at the games from last night!

Results

Strasburg 4, Front Royal 2
New Market 10, Woodstock 8
Purcellville 7, Winchester 4
Covington 8, Waynesboro 3
Harrisonburg 5, Charlottesville 3

Hitter of the Day

Hunter Lipscomb Winthrop 2017Hunter Lipscomb, from New Market and Winthrop, in our hitter of the day! Hunter went 4-4, with a run, 2 RBIs, sacrifice fly, and stolen base. He’s hitting quite well this summer; he’s at 432/488/514, with at least one hit in 8 of his 9 games played.

Others of Note

Pablo Cabrera, New Market: 2-4, 3 runs, BB, 2B
Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 2-4, run, RBI, BB, SB
Trevin Esquerra, Winchester: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, HR
Alejandro Aponte, Covington: 2-3, run, 2 RBIs, BB
Zach Evers, Waynesboro: 3-4, run, 2 SB
Tony Beam, Harrisonburg: 3-4, 2 2B
Tanner Dofflemyer, Harrisonburg:3-4, run, RBI

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Thomas Sutera, from Purcellville and Siena! Thomas threw 3 2/3 no-hit, Thomas Sutera Siena 2017shutout innings in relief, with no walks, either, and 4 strikeouts. He earned the win as well. Thomas is an early candidate for my top relievers list at the end of the year, as he’s 3-0, 0.00 in 12 innings, while allowing 5 hits, 4 walks, and striking out 17.

Others of Note

Walker Jones, Covington: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K’s
Christopher Farish, Harrisonburg: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K’s, save

Sunday’s Games

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

Result from Friday, June 16

After torrential downpours in much of the Valley, all but one game was cancelled. So here is our much-abbreviated version of what happened in the Valley… and I’m pretty sure the pitching lines for New Market are not correct- the boxscore looks like it combined two players, like a game from a few weeks ago. This is what we have:

Result

Winchester 3, New Market 2

Hitter of the Day

Connor Corbitt North Georgia 2017Our HOD is Connor Corbitt, from North Georgia and New Market! Connor went 2-3, with a run, RBI, and 2 doubles. He’s now hitting 244/292/356 in 45 at-bats for the Rebs.

Others of Note

Alejandro Rivero, Winchester: 2-5, RBI
Matt Allen, Winchester: 2-3, run
Alejandro Gonzalez, Winchester: 2-4, run, RBI, 2B

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD, assuming the boxscore is correct, is Winchester’s Trent Rider, from Charleston! Trent Rider Charleston 2017Trent threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 6. He earned a game score of 76. He’s now 0-1, 4.15 in 17 1/3 innings.

Others of Note

Keven Pimentel, New Market: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s (61)
Hunter Fillingim, Winchester: 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, win

Schedule for Saturday

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

Results from Thursday, June 15

Despite the rain, all the games were able to be played last night (partially in thanks to the turf in Harrisonburg, is my guess). Let’s take a look…

Results

Waynesboro 14, Woodstock 6
Covington 7, Front Royal 2
New Market 10, Purcellville 2
Winchester 7, Staunton 5
Strasburg 11, Harrisonburg 10

Hitter of the Day

Malik Stephens Tennessee Wesleyan 2017Waynesboro’s Malik Stephens, from Tennessee Wesleyan, is our hitter of the day! Malik went 3-4, with 2 runs, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, and a stolen base. He’s hitting 350/480/350 after 20 at-bats this summer.

Others of Note

Andrew Robinson, Waynesboro: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, 2 BB, SB
Joseph Estrada, Waynesboro: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, 2 BB, 2B, SB
Caleb Walls, Covington: 1-2, run, RBI, 4 BB
Travin Esquerra, Purcellville: 3-4, RBI, 2B
Hunter Lipscomb, New Market: 2-3, 3 runs, 2 BB, 2 2B
Alec Aleywine, New Market: 3-5, 3 runs, SB
Nick Barber, New Market: 2-3, RBI, BB, 3 SB
Antwaun Tucker, Staunton: 2-3, 3 runs, BB, 2 SB
Dillon Reed, Winchester: 3-5
Alejandro Rivero, Winchester: 3-5, 2 runs, RBI, 2B
Damian Rodriguez, Winchester: bases-loaded triple in his only at-bat
Jose Bonilla Traverso, Strasburg: 2-5, 2 runs, BB
Simon Landry, Strasburg: 3-5, run, 3 RBIs, 2B
Tyler Martin, Strasburg: 3-6, 3 runs, RBI, 2B
Jake Perry, Strasburg: 2-4, 4 RBIs, 2B
Ty Andrus, Harrisonburg: 2-4, run, RBI, BB, 3B
Tanner Dofflemyer, Harrisonburg: 2-4, RBI, BB, 3B
Kyle McCann, Harrisonburg: 1-1, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, 2 BB, HR

Pitcher(s) of the Day

Alec Aleywine Gulf Coast CCFor the first time in 2017, we have co-pitchers of the day! (It’s nice that I can make my own rules.) So, POD #1 is Alec Aleywine, from New Market and Gulf Coast Community College. Alec threw 6 innings against Purcellville while allowing 4 hits, 2 run (1 earned), 0 walks, and striking out 6. He got the win and a game score of 64. Alec is 1-0, 1.50 after 12 innings in his first two starts.

Our second POD is Orlando Cannon, from Covington and Winston-Salem State, who Orlando Cannon 2017threw 4 shutout innings in relief against Front Royal. He allowed 1 hit, 1 walk, and struck out 5. After 4 appearances this summer, Orlando is 0-3, 6.96 in 10 1/3 innings pitched.

Other of Note

PJ Piesko, Covington: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K’s, win (56)

Friday’s Schedule

Waynesboro at Charlottesville
New Market at Winchester
Woodstock at Strasburg
Purcellville at Staunton
Covington at Harrisonburg

Results, Hitter, Pitcher of the Day, Friday June 2

And we’re off! This is the plan- each day, ATVL will “cover” the previous night’s games- giving final scores, and then choosing a hitter and pitcher of the day, and ending with that night’s schedule. The pitcher is usually chosen by game score, and the hitter by a more nebulous interior monologue. Sometimes exterior, even.

Each winner will be followed with other performers “of note.” Enjoy!

Results from Friday, June 2

Winchester 7, Front Royal 5
Charlottesville 14, Covington 2
Waynesboro 10, Woodstock 4
Staunton 2, Harrisonburg 1
Purcellville 1, New Market 0 (I attended this one. Pictures coming later today)

Hitter of the Day

Rick Spiers Randolph Macon 2017Our very first hitter of the day is Charlottesville’s Rick Spiers, from Randolph Macon! Rick went 3-6 against the Lumberjacks, with 3 runs, an RBI, and a home run. An excellent VBL debut for the D-III top performer.

Others of Note

Ari Sechopoulos, Charlottesville: 1-3, run, 2 RBIs, 2B, 3 BB, SB
Alex Reynolds, Winchester: 4 walks!
Lorenzo Hampton, Winchester: 2-3, 2 runs, RBI, BB, 2B, SB
Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 1-2, 2 runs, 3 BB, SB
Eric Crain, Woodstock: 1-2, run, 2 RBIs, 3 BB, 2B
Andrew Robinson, Waynesboro: 1-1, 4 runs, 4 BB, 2 SB
McClain Bradley, Waynesboro: 3-4, 2 runs, BB
Luke Robinson, Waynesboro: 2-4, run, 3 RBIs, HR

Pitcher of the Day

Our first pitcher of the day is New Market’s Nathan Pawelczyk, from Winthrop, who Nate Pawelczyk Winthrop 2017fired 6 no-hit innings against Purcellville, while walking 2 and striking out 3. He earned a game score of 73. He threw only 61 pitches in those 6 innings! Quite the start for the only returning Rebel player.

Others of Note

Austin Higginbotham, Charlottesville: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K’s, win (66)
Preston Betz, Charlottesville: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K’s
Francisco Fernandez, Covington: 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K’s
Payton Kinney, Waynesboro: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K’s, win (56)
Rhett Willis, Harrisonburg: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s (70)
Deacon Medders, Staunton: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K’s (66)
Dean Stramara, Staunton: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K’s
Alex London, Purcellville: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K’s (63)
Thomas Sutera, Purcellville: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K’s, win

Tonight’s Games

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

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.