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

#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