League Record Book: Wins

Yeah, I know, wins as a counting stat is pretty flawed. Way too much depends on run support, etc etc, but that doesn’t mean that ATVL doesn’t pay attention.

Here is the list of the pitchers with the most wins from the time period of 2004-2017:

1 Dustin Umberger Luray 2007 9
2 Clarence Nicely Covington 2005 7
Robert Gilliam Luray 2007 7
Jon Dages Waynesboro 2007 7
Andy Altemus Waynesboro 2008 7
Taylor Sandefur Waynesboro 2010 7
Matt Benedict Haymarket 2010 7
Greg Welsh Winchester 2011 7
Jonathan Armold Front Royal 2011 7
Dillon Ortman Harrisonburg 2012 7
Thomas Sutera Purcellville 2017 7

Dustin Umberger leads the charge with 9 wins on a 26-18 Luray Wranglers club back in 2007. He got the win in 35% of the Wranglers’ team wins that season!

Thomas Sutera slipped onto this list right at the end; interestingly, all his wins came in relief.

Major leagues: none
Current minor leagues: none
Previous minor leagues: Dustin Umberger, Robert Gilliam, Andy Altemus, Matt Benedict, Jonathan Armold, Dillon Ortman
No pro ball: Clarence Nicely, Jon Dages, Taylor Sandefur, Greg Welsh
Still in college: Thomas Sutera

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#4 Hitter: Trevin Esquerra, Purcellville

LMU baseball 2017 HeadshotsMajor league clubs are always on the lookout for power, which means that they should be scouting Trevin Esquerra, the 4th best hitter in the 2017 Valley League season.

Let’s take a look at his output in both the regular season and 3 playoff games:

VBL G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS Avg OBP SLG
2017 38 152 25 55 11 3 8 33 11 46 0 0 0.362 0.407 0.632
Play 3 13 2 5 1 0 2 4 0 5 0 0 0.385 0.385 0.923

Trevin finished 6th in batting average, 4th in OPS, 2nd in slugging percentage, 2nd in total bases (sorry Dave), tied for 5th in RBIs, 2nd in home runs, tied for 4th in triples, tied for 4th in doubles, and tied for 4th in hits. Wow- he’s in the top 5 in 8 different categories. Not surprisingly, he was named first team All-Valley at first base. He was named ATVL’s hitter of the day 4 times, with his best day probably being on June 9th at Winchester, when he went 4-5 with a run, 2 doubles, and an RBI. Perfect Game named him the 10th best prospect in the league as well.

Just a sophomore at Loyola Marymount (yet another freshman from the summer!), the 6-foot-1, 215 pound infielder from San Diego didn’t play a huge amount for the Lions in 2017:

LM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS Avg OBP SLG
2017 37 67 14 14 6 1 2 12 9 27 0 1 0.209 0.295 0.418

He showed power here, too, with 9 of his 14 hits going for extra bases. Hopefully he’ll get some more at-bats this spring.

Congratulations on your excellent summer, Trevin!

 

 

Playoff Results, Tuesday August 1

Two games on tap last night, and both ended up being elimination games…

Scores

Charlottesville 3, Waynesboro 2 (Tom Sox win series, 2-0; I’ve got them also in a 14-game winning streak! Now the Sox will wait for the winner of Winchester vs Strasburg in he North)
Winchester 9, Purcellville 4 (Royals win series, 2-1, move on to face Strasburg in the semifinals)

Hitter of the Day

LMU baseball 2017 HeadshotsOur hitter of the day, for the last time, is Purcellville’s Trevin Esquerra, from Loyola Marymount! Trevin went 3-5, with a run, 2 RBIs, a double, and a home run. He hit 362/407/632 in 152 at-bats in the regular season, and hit 385/385/923 in 13 at-bats in hte playoffs. Spoiler alert- he will be on the top hitters countdown that will begin after the season.

Others of Note

Kyle Battle, Charlottesville: 3-4, 2 RBIs
Dillon Reed, Winchester: 3-6, 3 runs, RBI, 3 SB
Kenneth Gilmore, Winchester: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, HR
Lorenzo Hampton, Winchester: 2-3, run, RBI

Pitcher of the Day

In a huge elimination game, Winchester’s Trent Rider came up big; he threw 6 2/3 Trent Rider Charleston 2017innings, allowing 8 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, and struck out 6. He earned the win and a game score of 59. The young man from Charleston went 4-2, 4.24 in 46 2/3 innings in he regular season.

Others of Note

Rick Spiers, Charlottesville: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K’s, win (56)
Bobby Hearn, Charlottesville: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K’s, save
Daniel Tolano, Waynesboro: 5 Ip, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s, loss (52)
Patrick OShea, Waynesboro: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K’s

Tonight’s Game

Winchester at Strasburg (Game 1 of the semifinals in the North)

 

Playoff Results for Sunday July 30

Four games last night. Two teams were eliminated from the playoffs…

Scores

Waynesboro 5, Harrisonburg 3 (Generals win series, 2-0)
Purcellville 5, Winchester 3 (Cannons up 1-0)
Strasburg 14, New Market 6 (Series tied 1-1)
Charlottesville 10, Staunton 5 (Tom Sox win series, 2-0)

Hitter of the Day

Michael DeRenzi Charlottesville 2017Our hitter of the day is Charlottesville’s Michael DeRenzi, from Georgetown, who went 3-5, with 2 runs, 3 RBIs, a double, and a home run against the Braves. Michael hit 271/313/356 in 59 regular season at-bats, and this was his playoff debut.

Others of Note

Bryan Arias, Harrisonburg: 3-4, 2 runs, RBI, HR
Reid Long, Waynesboro: 3-4, 2 runs, RBI, 3B
Dakota Robbins, Waynesboro: 2-4, 3 RBIs
Nolan Ritchie, Purcellville: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, HR
Jacob Rhinesmith, New Market: 3-6, run
Michael Neustifter, New Market: 3-5, run, 2 RBIs, HR
Sean Scales, Strasburg: 4-6, run, RBI
Jake Perry, Strasburg: 2-4, 3 runs, 2 BB, 2B
Tyler Martin, Strasburg: 2-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs
Philip Madonna, Strasburg: 2-4, 5 RBIs, 2B, 3B, HBP
Vinnie Pasquantino, Charlottesville: 2-5, 2 runs, RBI, HR
Ari Sechopoulos, Charlottesville: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB, HR
Cole Migliorini, Charlottesville: 3-5, run, 2 RBIs, 2B
Max Wood, Staunton: 2-4, run, RBI, BB, 2B

Pitcher of the Day

We’ve seen many, many excellent pitching performances, but I’m not sure we’ve seen Tom Sutera Siena 2017anything like this: Purcellville’s Tom Sutera, from Siena, struck out 11 Winchester batters in a row last night! He threw 4 innings, and gave up a fly ball, and struck out 11. Amazing. He was amazing in the regular season, too, going 6-0, 1.57 in 34 1/3 innings.

Others of Note

Grant Suponchick, Waynesboro: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K’s, win (56)
Kirk Maddox, New Market: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K’s in relief
Dylan Hall, Strasburg: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K’s, win (61)

Tonight’s Games

Strasburg at New Market, game 3 (I’m planning on attending this one)
Purcellville at Winchester, game 2 (Cannons up 1-0)
Waynesboro at Charlottesville (Semi-finals game 1)

Almonte, Rinn, Ratliff Named All-Stars

The Northwest League will send their best to play an All-Star game against the best from the Pioneer League on August 1st, and three former Valley Leaguers will be there.

Two players, Abraham Almonte (Strasburg 2016) and Robby Rinn (Aldie 2013), will represent the Pioneer League, while Tyler Ratliff (Purcellville 2016-17) will be there from the Northwest League.

Their stats through July 26th:

  • Almonte is 0-0, 1.74, with 5 saves and 16 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings pitched for Missoula.
  • Rinn is hitting 365/456/518 in 34 games and 137 at-bats for Idaho Falls.
  • Ratliff is hitting 250/308/375 in 72 at-bats for Spokane, after hitting 500/541/618 in 34 at-bats in the Arizona League.

Congrats to all three!

Results for Wednesday, July 26

All five games were played last night. Let’s see if the thunderstorms hold off for the games today!

Scores

Purcellville 18, New Market 12 (Whoa- 30 runs and 34 hits)
Covington 6, Waynesboro 5
Charlottesville 5, Winchester 4 (Win #31 for the Tom Sox- there have been only 5 other teams who have won as many since 2001- 2011, 2013 Turks (32 wins), 2006 Rebels (32), 2012 Generals (31) and 2012 Royals (31))
Strasburg 8, Woodstock 0
Harrisonburg 10, Staunton 9

Hitter of the Day

LMU baseball 2017 HeadshotsThe HOD is Purcellville’s Trevin Esquerra, from Loyola Marymount, who went 3-4, with 3 runs, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, a double, and a home run. Trevin is hitting a huge 361/407/639 in 147 at-bats this summer, with 11 doubles, 3 triples, 8 home runs, and 32 RBIs.

Others of Note

Nick Barber, New Market: 3-6, run, RBI, SB
Jake Washer, New Market: 2-4, run, RBI, BB
Austin Bogart, New Market: 3-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, 2B
Luke Johnson, New Market: 3-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, 2B, HR
Gabriel Castillo, Purcellville: 2-5, 2 runs, BB
Shaggy Freeland, Purcellville: 3-5, 4 runs, 3 RBIs, BB, 2 2B
Trey McDyre, Purcellville: 2-3, run, 3 RBIs, 2 BB
Andy Szamski, Purcellville: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B, SB
Riley Mihalik, Covington: 3-4, 4 RBIs, BB, 2 2B
Damian Rodriguez, Winchester:2-3, run, BB, 2B
Turner Buis, Strasburg: 3-3, 2 runs, BB, HBP
Brandon Quaranta, Strasburg: 2-4, run, 4 RBIs, BB, HR
Jake Perry, Strasburg: 2-4, run, RBI, BB, 2B, HR
Ty Andrus, Harrisonburg: 3-5, 2 runs, BB
Luke Nussman, Harrisonburg: 3-3, 4 RBIs, 2 BB, 2 2B
Hunter Seay, Harrisonburg: 4-5, run, 5 RBIs, 2B
Jay Charleston, Staunton: 3-5, 3 runs, 2B, 3 SB (Giving him 37, which ties him for the most since at least 2004)
Richard Miller, Staunton: 2-4, run, RBI, BB, SB
Austin Edens, Staunton: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, HR, 2B

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Strasburg’s Hunter Wolfe, from Purdue! Hunter threw 7 shutout innings Hunter Wolfe Purdue 2017against Woodstock while allowing 4 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 4. He earned the win and a game score of 72. Hunter is now 2-1, 6.35, with 23 K’s in 22 2/3 innings this summer.

Others of Note

Layne Looney, Charlottesville: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K’s
Corley Woods, Staunton: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s (54)

Thursday’s GamesĀ 

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

Results from Sunday, July 23

Scores

Front Royal 6, New Market 2
Harrisonburg 6, Waynesboro 3
Purcellville 12, Strasburg 0
Woodstock 6, Winchester 5

Hitter of the Day

Ady Szamski Radford 2017Our HOD is Purcellville’s Andy Szamski, from Radford! Andy’s 5 RBIs carried the day, along with 2-5, with a run and a home run. Andy is now hitting 180/234/300 this summer in exactly 100 at-bats.

Others of Note

Trevor Rosenberg, Front Royal: 2-3, 2 runs, BB
Mark Moclair, Front Royal: 3-4, run, RBI, 2B, SB
Nick DiPonzio, Harrisonburg: 2-3, run, RBI, BB, HR
Lamarr Briggs, Purcellville: 2-4, 2 runs, BB
Shaggy Freeland, Purcellville: 3-5, run, 2 RBIs
Trey McDyre, Purcellville: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB, 2 2B
Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 2-3, run, 2 BB
Dillon Reed, Winchester: 2-5, 3 RBIs

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Winchester’s Jaret LaCagnina, from Davidson! Jaret went 4 1/3 shutout Jaret LaCagnina Davidson 2017innings in relief, with 1 hits, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts. He’s 0-0, 2.25, with 21 K’s in 20 innings this summer.

Others of Note

Kyle Luigs, New Market: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K’s, loss
Robbie Price, Front Royal: 7 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, win
Matthew Young, Harrisonburg: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K’s
Payton Kinney, Waynesboro: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s
Colin Reid, Purcellville: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K’s, win

Monday’s Games

Covington at Winchester 130
Covington at Purcellville 700
Harrisonburg at Strasburg
Woodstock at Charlottesville
Staunton at Front Royal