Scores, Hitter and Pitcher of the Day for Sunday, July 27

Well. There is a number of things to get to today- including the schedule for tonight, which will be crucial for the playoff scenario. Let’s get started!


Waynesboro 8, Staunton 4
Charles Town 6, Strasburg 1
Waynesboro 2, New Market 1 (6 innings)
Front Royal 5, Woodstock 2 (6 innings)
Aldie and Winchester, tied 10-10, suspended
Harrisonburg at Covington- cancelled

Again, more on the playoff implications in the next post!

Hitter of the Day

Cole Gruber Neb Omaha 2014Several short games, so it was tougher for hitters to compile stats (just keep that in mind). So our hitter of the day is Waynesboro’s Cole Gruber, from Nebraska-Omaha. Cole went 2-3 in the Generals’ first game last night, with a run, 2 RBIs, walk, and double. Cole is having a fantastic year for the Gens, hitting 385/516/443 in 40 games and 122 at-bats, with a 28/27 BB/K ratio and 23 stolen bases.

Others of Note

Mike Marcinko, Waynesboro: 1-3, 2 runs, RBI, BB, HBP
Kyle Pitts, Waynesboro: 2-4, 2 runs, BB, SB
Gunnar McNeill, Staunton: 2-4, 2 runs, 2B
Kevin Baron, Strasburg: 1-2, 2 BB, 2B
Joe Camp, Strasburg: 2-3, 2 RBIs, BB
Matthew Gandy, Charles Town: 1-3, 2 runs, 2 BB, 2B
Ryan Akins, Charles Town: 2-3, RBI, BB
Travis Naraine, Waynesboro: 1-1, run, 2 BB, HBP

Pitcher of the Day

Our pitcher of the day is Stephen Solomon, from Charles Town and Belhaven, making his third start of the summer. Stephen threw 6 shutout innings, allowing 7 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 4 to earn the win. His game score ended up at 61. Over his 3 starts, Stephen is 2-0, 2.87, with 15 hits, 6 walks, and 8 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings pitched. (Stephen is listed as attending Belhaven- is he from Alfred State?)

Others of Note

Kevin Doherty, Waynesboro: 5 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 BB, 7 K’s, win
Marcus Shippey, Waynesboro: 4 IP, 3 hits, 1 run (unearned), 0 BB, 3 K’s

Schedule for Monday, the last day of the (regular) season!

Aldie at Winchester (completion of suspended game: tied 10-10 in teh 8th inning- START AT 2:00)
Charles Town at Front Royal
Covington at Winchester
Waynesboro at Woodstock


Baseball! From Saturday, July 26

Some interesting things happened last night! First of all, six games were played- yay!- but some other odd things were going on, too. Start reading!


  • Staunton 15, New Market 1: Game one of Staunton’s mix-and-match doubleheader. The Braves ripped the Rebels, scoring early and often. The Braves starting substituting after just three innings. This loss, coupled with Aldie’s win, eliminated the Rebels from the playoff chase.
  • Waynesboro 13, Staunton 1: A tale of two games (cities) for the Braves. Blowouts both ways. The Generals pounded out 16 hits and 13 runs to pull into a half-game lead for 2nd place, just ahead of the Braves and Front Royal.
  • Woodstock 9, Strasburg 8: Take a look at the boxscore. I’ll wait. Seriously- go look. Notice anything strange? No, not the fact that Woodstock scored 8 runs in the 8th inning to overcome a Strasburg 8-1 lead. Look at Strasburg’s Tyler McDonald- he played all nine positions for the Express, including pitching in the fateful 8th inning. Take a look at the next post about what this win means for the Bandits.
  • Winchester 3, Front Royal 2: Nate Traugh and Brandon Valentin held the Cardinals to 4 hits to keep the Royals’ slim playoff hopes alive…
  • Aldie 7, Charles Town 4: The Senators, still in 8th place, received excellent nights from Joseph Consolmagno, Tremayne Toorie, and Matt Albanese to keep a grip on the last playoff spot.
  • Harrisonburg 2, Covington 0 (8 innings): Ben Parr and Luke Scherzer held the Jacks offense in check. The Turks are flying into the playoffs, 9-1 in their last ten games.

Hitter of the Day

Joe Consolmagno Umass Lowell 2014There were a number of good performances last night, but only one hitter with 4 hits- Aldie’s Joseph Consolmagno, from UMass Lowell. Joseph went 4-5, with 2 runs and 2 RBIs against Charles Town. He’s having a solid season, hitting 289/392/380 in 121 at-bats, with a 19/30 BB/K ratio, and 10 stolen bases.

Others of Note

Joey Rodriguez, Staunton: 1-2, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, 2B, HBP
Gunnar McNeill, Staunton: 3-3, run, 2 RBIs
Elliott McCummings, Staunton: 2-3, 2 runs, RBI, BB
Connor Short, Staunton: 3-5, 3 runs, RBI, 2B
Esteban Puerta, Woodstock: 3-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, HR
Kevin White, Woodstock: 1-3, run, 2 BB
Andrew Brodbeck, Woodstock: 1-5, run, 4 RBIs, HR
Jay Lizanich, Strasburg: 3-6, run, 2 RBIs
Anthony Payne, Strasburg: 2-3, 2 RBIs, 2 BB
Brandon Harvell, Strasburg: 2-3, 2 runs, BB, 2B, HBP
Michael Hyman, Winchester: 1-2, run, 2 BB
Cole Gruber, Waynesboro: 3-4, 2 runs, RBI
Garrett Russini, Waynesboro: 3-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 2B
Michael McClellan, Waynesboro: 2-3, run, 3 RBIs, BB, 2 2B
Kyle Pitts, Waynesboro: 3-4, run, 2 RBIs, 2 2B
Andrew Mulato, Charles Town: 1-2, run, 2 BB
Tremayne Toorie, Aldie: 3-4, 2 runs, BB
Matt Albanese, Aldie: 3-4, 3 RBIs, BB

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Staunton’s Brandon Ritchie, from George Washington, who shut down the New Market Rebels in the afternoon gameBrandon Ritchie GW 2014 headshot yesterday. Brandon threw 7 innings and allowed 6 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and struck out 8 to earn the win. He’s now 4-0, 4.00 on the season, with 45 hits, 12 walks, and 29 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched.

Others of Note

Taylor Martin, Strasburg: 4 IP, 4 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 4 K’s
Nate Traugh, Winchester: 6 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 3 BB, 6 K’s, win
Brandon Valentin, Winchester: 3 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 3 K’s, save
Logan Longwith, Front Royal: 2 1/3 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 BB, 3 K’s
Griffin Krieg, Waynesboro: 5 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 BB, 4 K’s, win
Mark Hendricks, Covington: 2 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 1 K
Ben Parr, Harrisonburg: 5 1/3 IP, 4 hits, 0 runs, 3 BB, 2 K’s, win

Schedule for the Rest of the Regular Season


Waynesboro at Staunton (1PM START)
Aldie at Winchester
Strasburg at Charles Town
Harrisonburg at Covington
Waynesboro at New Market (Josh Hudson)
Front Royal at Woodstock


Charles Town at Front Royal
Covington at Winchester
Waynesboro at Woodstock

Everything From Friday, July 25

All five scheduled games were played last night, finally. I’m not going to give game reviews, because the league website has them up already, and we surely don’t have to be redundant.

Scores (I will post a playoff update later on today)

Strasburg 4, Charles Town 2

Woodstock 3, Front Royal 1

Covington 4, Staunton 3

Winchester 2, Aldie 0

Harrisonburg 8, New Market 3

Hitter of the Day

Thomas Spitz Wingate 2014Our HOD is Harrisonburg’s Thomas Spitz, from Wingate, who went 3-4 with 2 runs, an RBI, a walk, and 2 stolen bases. Thomas has been a steady performer for the Turks this summer, as he’s hitting 280/356/427 in 36 games and 143 at-bats, with 30 runs, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, a 14/26 BB/K ratio, and 11 stolen bases.

Others of Note

Sky Overton, Strasburg: 2-4, BB, SB

Alex Lewis, Woodstock: 3-5, run

Joey Rodriguez, Staunton: 3-4, run, SB

Matt Rose, Harrisonburg: 2-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, 2B

Eric Kalbfleisch, Harrisonburg: 2-4, run, 2 RBIs, BB, 3B

Pitcher of the Day

Our pitcher of the day is Lucas Mould, from Winchester and Alabama Huntsville. Lucas threw a gem last night- a complete game Lucas Mould Alabama Huntsville 2014shutout against Aldie, while allowing 7 hits, 3 walks, and striking out 8 to earn the win. Lucas has split his time as a starter and reliever this summer, and has gone 1-2, 2.03, with 4 saves, 32 hits, 8 walks, and 34 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings pitched.

Others of Note

Tanner Shelton, Harrisonburg: 7 2/3 IP, 3 hits, 2 runs, 4 BB, 3 K’s, win

Taylor Durand, Aldie: 7 IP, 3 hits, 2 runs, 5 BB, 5 K’s, loss

Griffin Fuller, Covington: 8 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 0 BB, 3 K’s, win

Nick Gollin, Strasburg: 5 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 0 BB, 4 K’s

Michael O’Reilly, Woodstock: 4 2/3 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 4 BB, 7 K’s

Jack Charleston, Charles Town: 5 IP, 6 hits, 1 run, 2 BB, 5 K’s

Colton Steber, New Market: 3 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 3 BB, 2 K’s

Schedule for Saturday, July 26

New Market (Stephen Butt) at Staunton (GAME IS SCHEDULED FOR 2 PM!)

Winchester (Nate Traugh) at Front Royal (Daniel Guido)

Woodstock (Austin Munn) at Strasburg (Taylor Martin)

Staunton at Waynesboro

Covington at Harrisonburg (Ben Parr)

Charles Town (Michael Scimanico) at Aldie (Reid van Woert)

Everything From Wednesday, July 23

Four games played, two games cancelled. The middle of the standings stabilized a bit…


  • Waynesboro 6, Covington 0
  • Waynesboro 6, Covington 2: With the doubleheader sweep, the Generals have moved into 4th place, alone, 2.0 games out of first, 1.0 game ahead of Charles Town, and .5 of a game behind Front Royal and Staunton. Covington is alone in 7th place, 1.5 ahead of Aldie, and 2.0 behind Strasburg.
  • Strasburg 10, Winchester 8: The Express overcame an 8-2 deficit after 5 innings to reach .500 and a firm grip on 6th place. Strasburg is 3.0 behind Charles Town, and 2.5 ahead of Covington- they are all alone. Winchester wasted another chance to slip closer to the playoffs. The Royals are 1.5 games behind Aldie and New Market.
  • Harrisonburg 15, Aldie 5: The opposite of last night- the Turks ripped open a 5-5 game by scoring 10 times over the 8th and 9th innings. The Turks are in first place by 1.5 games ahead of Staunton and Front Royal. Aldie, now losers of 6 games in a row, have fallen into a tie for the last playoff spot with New Market.

Hitter of the Day

Garrett Russini Stetson headshot 2014Our HOD is Waynesboro’s Garrett Russini, from Stetson, who went 3-4 with a run, 3 RBIs, and a home run in game one against Covington last night. Garrett has given the Generals’ lineup a real boost when he arrived ten games ago- he’s hitting 350/372/525 in 40 at-bats, with a 2/7 BB/K ratio.

Others of Note

Mike Marcinko, Waynesboro: 1-1, 2 runs, 3 BB (game 1)
Tyler Orris, Waynesboro: 3-3, run, RBI (game 1)
Sky Overton, Strasburg: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, HR, SB
Joe Camp, Strasburg: 1-3, run, RBI, 2 BB, HBP
Jose Bonilla, Strasburg: 2-4, run, RBI, BB
Zachary Carter, Winchester: 2-4, run, RBI, BB
Michael Landestoy, Winchester: 3-5, 2 runs, RBI, 2 2B, SB
Lucas Luopa, Winchester: 2-4, run, RBI, BB
Cole Gruber, Waynesboro: 1-2, run, RBI, 2 BB, SB (game 2)
Daniel Nichols, Harrisonburg: 1-2, 4 runs, 2 RBIs, 3 BB, 2B, HBP
Matt Rose, Harrisonburg: 4-5, 3 runs, RBI, BB
Jesse Baker, Harrisonburg: 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 BB
Eric Kalbfleisch, Harrisonburg: 1-3, run, 4 RBIs, BB, 2 SF
Mitchell Matulia, Harrisonburg: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, 2B
Weber Pike, Aldie: 2-4, run, BB

Pitcher of the Day

The best start of the night, by far, was turned in by Waynesboro’s Jeff Schank, from Butler, who spun 6 shutout innings in game one ofJeff Schank Butler headshot 2014 the doubleheader against Covington. He allowed only 3 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 3 to earn the win and a game score of 68. Jeff has been great this summer, going 4-0, 2.09, with 38 hits, 9 walks, and 43 strikeouts in 43 innings. It surely looks like Jeff will be one of the top ten starters in the league… but let’s not get ahead of ourselves!

Others of Note

Chase Wissman, Strasburg: 2 1/3 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 2 BB, 4 K’s
Hunter Abbe, Strasburg: 3 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 1 K, win
Sean Pare, Covington: 2 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 1 K
Luke Scherzer, Harrisonburg: 4 2/3 IP, 2 hits, 1 run (unearned), 0 BB, 5 K’s, win

Schedule for Tonight

Harrisonburg at New Market (Doubleheader- 5 PM, 730 PM)

Aldie at Charles Town

Woodstock at Covington (Griffin Fuller)

Front Royal (Darrick Brilz) at Winchester (Darrell Thompson)

Waynesboro (Marcus Shippey) at Staunton

At least one more post will be coming later; I’ll attempt to deconstruct the playoff race further, including schedule and opponents!

Schedule for Monday July 21

Mondays are usually a day off, of course, but with all the rainouts this summer, there are four makeup games scheduled for tonight…

Aldie (Chad Martin) at Strasburg (Brock Hunter): Aldie is slipping towards non-playoff contention, going 2-8 in its last 10 games. The Sens is one full game ahead of 9th place, while the Express is just 1.5 games ahead of Aldie, and virtually tied with Covington for 6th place.

Harrisonburg (Boone Mokry) at Winchester (Brian Fortier): Winchester is sneaking up on Aldie for the 8th spot; the Turks are 0.5 games in first place.

Charles Town (Stephen Solomon) at Staunton (Tyler Zombro): Battle for 3rd place. Charles Town is half a game behind the Braves.

Covington (Tyler Frazier) at Woodstock (James Walsh): Lumberjacks squad is virtually tied for 6th place; Bandits need a win to close the gap for the playoffs. James Walsh has thrown two excellent games in the Valley so far; can he throw a 3rd in a row?

Schedule for Sunday July 20

SEVEN games on the schedule for today! Here they are:

Aldie (Zachary Zona) at Staunton (Tyler Zombro) (DH- 4 PM, 730 PM) (Aldie is listed as the home team for the first game, but both are played in Staunton)

Covington at New Market (Garrett Kelly) (DH- 630 PM, 730 PM)

Waynesboro (Caleb Powell) at Charles Town (Michael Scimanico)

Front Royal (Daniel Guido) at Strasburg (Mike Vinson)

Woodstock (Austin Munn) at Harrisonburg (Ben Parr)

Schedule for Saturday July 19

Five games on the schedule tonight:

  • Staunton (Brandon Ritchie) at Charles Town (Jack Charleston)- Cannons are 2.0 games ahead of Braves
  • Aldie at Strasburg (Nick Gollin)- The two teams are part of a three-way tie for 6th, 7th, and 8th place…
  • Staunton at Charles Town- The Braves are two games behind the Cannons
  • New Market at Front Royal- Cards are percentage points behind the Turks, while the Rebs need a run to get in the playoff mix…
  • Winchester (Nate Traugh) at Waynesboro- Royals are 2 games out of the playoffs; Generals are alone in 4th place