#8 Hitter: Danton Hyman, Woodstock

Danton Hyman Newberry 2017Our #8 hitter, Danton Hyman, is no stranger to the folks at Central High School in Woodstock, as he has played in 71 games over the past two seasons for the ‘Stock.

A speedy outfielder, the 6-foot rising junior was ATVL’s 10th best hitter in ’16, and moved up two spots for the current year. (He is the 14th player since 2007 to make a top list twice.)

Let’s take a look at his two seasons in the Valley:

2016 30 111 23 40 6 0 0 13 9 13 12 5 0.360 0.411 0.414
2017 41 161 28 61 7 1 1 27 25 21 15 8 0.379 0.458 0.453

Pretty impressive. Danton played in 11 more games and had 50 more at-bats in 2017 than in 2016, but increased his rate stats and his BB/K ratio.

In 2016, Danton finished 2nd in the league in batting average, and was named to the All-Valley League 1st team at utility. (He pitched as well.)

In 2017, the list is much longer. Here we go: 4th in batting average, 2nd in OBP, tied for 5th in walks, 7th in total bases, tied for 9th in RBIs, 2nd in hits… and even though he was better than in 2016, this year he was named 2nd team All-Valley League in the outfield.

The pesky left-handed hitter’s best game was probably on June 14th, when he went 3-5 with a double.

Hyman has really done nothing but hit. Here are his two seasons at Division II Newberry:

2016 45 129 24 42 5 2 0 21 8 15 5 0 0.326 0.373 0.395
2017 52 192 45 67 6 0 0 25 29 24 12 6 0.349 0.438 0.380

Danton led Newberry in hits and on-base percentage this past year, and was named to the 2017 SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and All-Conference Gold Glove. ATVL loves those players who perform in the classroom! And by the way, Danton is legally deaf as well.

Congratulations on your excellent two seasons in the Valley, Danton!



Results from Wednesday June 14

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


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

#10 Hitter: Danton Hyman, Woodstock

Danton Hyman NewberryAccording to ATVL, the 10th best hitter in the 2016 Valley League season is Danton Hyman, from Woodstock and Newberry! (A second Woodstock River Bandit in a row. Hmm.)

Anyway, Danton hit 360/411/414 for the Bandits in 30 games and 111 at-bats. He hit 6 doubles, scored 23 runs, drove in 13, had a 9/13 BB/K ratio, and stole 12 bases in 17 attempts. His batting average was the 2nd best in the league. He was also an all-star selection, and went 0-3 with a stolen base in the big game. His best games were on June 9th, at New Market, when he went 5-6 with 4 RBIs and a stolen base, and July 17, against Waynesboro, when he went 4-6 with 2 runs and an RBI.

Danton’s pitching made him even more valuable, and he was named to the All-Valley League first team as a “utility” player, which means he both played in the field and pitched. On the mound, Danton went 0-2, 4.50 in 32 innings, while allowing 33 hits, 19 walks, and striking out 11. His best outing was on July 24th against Purcellville, when Danton threw 7 innings and allowed 7 hits, 2 unearned runs, 1 walk, and struck out 3. He got the loss, but it wasn’t his fault.

Danton is a current sophomore at Division-II Newberry. As a freshman in 2016, he hit a robust 326/373/395 in 129 at-bats, with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 24 runs, 21 RBIs, a 8/15 BB/K ratio, and 5 stolen bases. He also went 1-4, 7.34, with one save on the mound in 34 1/3 innings.

As an additional point of interest- when I was doing some research on Danton, I found an article from a year ago that discussed the fact that Danton was born deaf, and currently wears hearing aids. This obviously doesn’t keep him from succeeding on the diamond!

Congratulations on your excellent summer, Danton!

Danton Hyman all-star VBL