Waynesboro Wins 2014 Valley League Title!

Credit: Norman Carter from the News Virginian

Credit: Norman Carter from the News Virginian

The Waynesboro Generals have won the 2014 Jim Lineweaver Cup for the second season in a row!

Down big early (5-0 after 2 innings, and 6-2 midway through the 4th inning), the Generals came roaring back to tie the game with 4 runs in the 4th innings. The game remained tied at 6 until the bottom of the 9th inning, when Mike Marcinko singled with 2 outs to score Dan Neff with the winning run- and the celebration began.

Jeff Schank did yeoman’s work for the Generals on the mound, throwing 6 innings of excellent relief. Griffin Krieg got the win after pitching the last 1/3 of the 9th inning in relief of Will Lowman. Jacob Anthony threw 4 excellent innings for the Cannons, but received the loss after giving up the unearned run in the 9th inning.

Stephen Kerr had an amazing 5 hits for Charles Town, while Justin Esquerra added 2. Four Generals had 2 hits in the contest: Mike Marcinko, Tyler Orris, Michael McClellan, and Travis Naraine.

This is the first back-to-back achievement since the Winchester Royals won the title in 2003 and 2004.

The News Virginian was present: click here to read Doug Layman’s account of the final game!

Charles Town Turns Tables, Whacks Waynesboro

In a negative image of game one, the Charles Town Cannons hammered the Waynesboro Generals in game two, sending the series to a final game tonight in Waynesboro.

In the 3rd inning, Andrew Yacyk drove in a run with a fielder’s choice, which turned out to be enough for Steven Ridings, who shut down the Generals for 7 shutout innings, only allowing 3 hits and one walk while striking out 6. The Cannons didn’t stop with one, though, as Justin Esquerra followed Yacyk with a 3-run home run. The rout was on. The Cannons ended up winning with a final score of 8-0.

Stephen Kerr and Charlie Pal each had 3 hits, and Esquerra had five RBIs. Jacob Anthony finished off the final two innings without allowing a hit.

The series moves to a concluding game tonight- the two teams play for all the marbles!

Waynesboro Whacks Charles Town in Game One

The Waynesboro Generals scored three times in the first inning last night in game one of the Jim Lineweaver Championship Series, and that turned out to be enough, although they went on to score 8 more times in a blowout.

Thanks to a very strong outing by starting pitcher Griffin Krieg, the Generals are one win away from a second championship in a row. Krieg allowed 4 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, and struck out 9 in his 7 innings of work. Benjamin Peters mopped up the last two innings.

The Generals benefited from 10 walks in the contest, along with Mike Marcinko’s 3 RBIs. Michael McClellan and Travis Naraine added two hits each for the victors.

Tonight, Zach Williamsen will try to close things out for the Generals on the mound, while the Cannons send Steven Ridings to try to stave off elimination. The game will be held in Charles Town at 7 PM!

Charles Town On to Finals; Covington Stays Alive

One series ended last night, while one is now tied one game to one. The Cannons are through, while the Lumberjacks and Generals will play an elimination game three tonight in Waynesboro!

  • Charles Town 8, Strasburg 2: The Cannons broke open a close game (3-2) with 5 runs in the 8th to book their first ever trip to the finals (admittedly, though, this is only their second year in existence). The Cannons’ lineup came through with 4 home runs in the contest, hit by Stephen Kerr, Justin Esquerra, Andrew Yacyk, and Charlie Pal. Kerr had 3 hits, scored a run, and drove in 2, and Pal scored twice and also drove in 2 in the winning effort. The Cannons received a complete game from starter Stephen Solomon, who allowed only 4 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 1 walk, and struck out 5. All the Express scoring came on a first inning Joe Camp home run. The Express ended their regular season at 21-22, and then went 2-3 in the playoffs in what was a very unsettled year, thanks to the storm that rendered their home field unplayable for a stretch of time.
  • Covington 9, Waynesboro 0: The Lumberjacks received a complete game shutout from starter Charles Cooper, as the Jacks forced a game 3 with the Generals. Covington got 3 hits from Brent James (including a double and triple), and 2 each from Shane Castro and Demetrius Moorer. Matt O’Neil also hit his first home run of the playoffs. (It’s hard to get a game story from just a boxscore- Covington’s submissions have only been a boxscore all year, while other teams include an inning-by-inning summary…) Anyway, game three is in Waynesboro tonight! Weather permitting, the finals will start on Monday evening at either Waynesboro or Charles Town!

 

Semifinals, Day One

Even with rain threatening the Valley, both games were played last night! The higher seeds held court, both Charles Town and Waynesboro winning at home. Game two in both series will be tonight- in Strasburg and Covington.

  • Charles Town 6, Strasburg 5: The Cannons overcame 3 errors and 2 Express home runs to win game 1. Stephen Kerr and Justin Esquerra did most of the damage with the bat. Kerr went 3-5 and scored 3 runs, while Esquerra went 2-3, with 2 walks, a run, and 2 RBIs. Zachary Zyburt got the win for Charles Town after throwing 3 shutout innings in relief, while Jack Charleston threw the 9th to earn a save. Strasburg got home runs from Sky Overton and Joe Camp in the losing cause.
  • Waynesboro 6, Covington 4: The highest remaining seed, #2 Waynesboro, used a 5-run 5th inning to grab the early advantage in the semi-finals series with 8th seeded Covington. Michael McClellan had a double and 3 RBIs, Cole Gruber scored 2 runs, and Travis Naraine had 2 hits for the Generals. Micah Gorman earned the win with a solid start, and Phillip Taylor saved the game with a clean 1 1/3 innings. Demetrius Moorer went 3-3, Blake Edwards had 2 hits, and Grant McKown knocked in 2 runs for the Jacks, while Chris Walkerow was saddled with the loss.

Again, game 2 in each series will be played tonight- in Covington and Strasburg!

The Lower Seeds Rise Up: Elimination Day, Quarterfinals

Three elimination games last night, three lower seeds win on the road!

  • Strasburg 3, Front Royal 2: In the top of the 10th inning, Strasburg’s Brandon Harvell hit his first home run of the summer off excellent closer Kevin Becker-Menditto, sending the Express to the semifinals against Charles Town. The Cardinals’ Hunter Newman drove in both runs for Front Royal with a home run and RBI single, and Mike Elwood threw 6 1/3 shutout innings, but it wasn’t enough for the Cards. The Express got an excellent start from Thomas Durkin, and three innings of shutout relief from Sean Stephenson, who earned the win. Sky Overton, who is batting .357 in the playoffs, rapped 3 hits for teh Express in the winning cause.
  • Charles Town 6, Staunton 5: Charlie Pal hit a huge 3-run home run in the 5th inning, and the Cannons held on, thanks to 2 2/3 shutout relief innings from Austin Ray, who earned the save. Chris Townsend and Pal both scored two runs, and Jared Jordan got the win in relief. The Braves got 3 more hits from Gunnar McNeill, but 4th seeded Staunton was eliminated.
  • Covington 3, Harrisonburg 1: In the biggest upset of the evening, the 8th seeded Lumberjacks ended the Turks’ season with a 3-1 win in game three. Grant McKown hit a double and scored 2 runs, and Hayden Platt had 3 hits for the winners. The big story for the Jacks, though, was their pitching, as they got 7 2/3 innings from Philip Stokes, who allowed only 1 unearned run, and then 1 1/3 cleans innings from Cody Strayer, who earned the save. (Really, though, the top seed losing in the playoffs seems to be a long-standing Valley League tradition. The last time the team with the best regular season record won the championship was in 2008, when Luray went 30-14 and then won the championship series. In the last 14 years, the top seed has won only 4 times (2008 Luray, 2007 Waynesboro, and Winchester in 2003 and 2001.) The Jacks will travel to Waynesboro for game 1 of the semifinals tonight!

Playoffs, Day One

All four game “ones” of the best-of-three quarterfinal matchups were played last night. The Turks and the Generals held serve as the higher seed, while the Braves and Cardinals find themselves in an elimination game tonight, and on the road to boot.

Here’s what happened:

  • Waynesboro 8, Aldie 6: In a game that featured 29 total hits, the Generals’ Eugene Vazquez hit three singles, scored once and drove in four runs to help the Generals take a 1-0 lead over the Senators. Ten total players had at least two hits in this one, including three each for Vazquez and Kyle Pitts for Waynesboro, and Tremayne Toorie and Patrick Wright for Aldie. Wright hit a home run as well, his 2nd in two games- he hit a crucial home run in Aldie’s 17-12 win over Winchester on Monday. Jeff Schank got the win for the Generals, and Will Lowman closed it out with a solid 9th inning. Chad Martin was saddled with the loss. Game two is tonight at Aldie.
  • Harrisonburg 3, Covington 1: The story of this game is pretty clearly the Turks’ Ryan Castellenos. Ryan dominated this game, throwing 8 shutout innings while allowing only 3 hits, walking none, and striking out 10 to earn the win. Brett Morgan finished off the game by pitching the 9th for the Turks, while earning the save. Matt Rose drove in 2 of the Turks’ 3 runs, while Daniel Nichols scored 2 of them. Nolan Krivijanski threw well for the Jacks, but was given the loss. Grant McKown had 2 hits and scored the Lumberjacks’ only run. Game two is tonight at Covington.
  • ¬†Charles Town 14, Staunton 6: The Cannons and Braves held a slugfest last night, which should surprise no one- both teams have very good lineups. The Cannons held a 7-1 lead after batting in the 2nd inning, but the Braves fought back to 7-6, until Charles Town exploded with 7 runs in the top of the 9th inning. Andy Yacyk hit a big home run and drove in 4 runs for Cannons, and Stephen Kerr and Bryant Munoz each had 3 hits for the winners. Hunter Thomas had 3 hits, including 2 doubles, and 3 RBIs for the Braves, while Elliott McCummings was on base a whopping 5 times. Tyler Dearden earned the win with 5 shutout relief innings for the Cannons, while Tyler Zombro received the loss for the Braves. Game 2 is in Charles Town tonight.
  • Strasburg 4, Front Royal 3: The Express, down 3-0 going into the 6th inning, scored four times thanks to 3 Cardinal errors, along with hits by Sky Overton and Joe Camp. The Express then held on, thanks to 4 2/3 shutout relief innings thrown by Braden Riddle, who earned the win. Jake Harper got the loss, even though none of the 4 runs he gave up were earned. Game two will be held in Strasburg tonight.