Results from Tuesday July 18

Scores

Covington at Winchester PPD
Woodstock 4, Waynesboro 3
Staunton 4, Strasburg 3 (10 innings)
New Market 16, Purcellville 4
Charlottesville 7, Front Royal 1

Hitter of the Day

Jacob Rhinesmith Indian Hills CC 2017This guy is on a tear. New Market’s Jacob Rhinesmith, from Indian Hills CC, went 3-6 last night, with 2 runs, 3 RBIs, double, home run, and stolen base. He is an insane 12-17 in his last 3 games, and is slashing 365/430/552 in 96 at-bats this summer. He is very quickly rising to join the best hitters in the league.

Others of Note

Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 3-5, run, 2 RBIs
Turner Buis, Strasburg: 2-4, run, BB, SB
Simon Landry, Strasburg: 2-5, run, 2 2B
Jake Washer, New Market: 2-4, 3 runs
Alec Aleywine, New Market: 3-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, 2B
Chase Sudduth, New Market: 3-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, BB, 2 2B
Michael Neustifter, New Market: 1-3, 3 RBIs, SF
Nolan Ritchie, Purcellville: 2-5, run, 2 2B, RBI
Trevin Esquerra, Purcellville: 2-3, RBI, BB, 2B, SF
Michael Wielansky, Charlottesville: 4-5, run, RBI
Rick Spiers, Charlottesville: 3-5, run, SB

Pitcher of the Day

A Tom Sox hurler grabbed this one- it’s Wake Forest’s Drew Loepprich, who threw 5Drew Loepprich Wake Forest 2017 shutout innings in relief last night, while allowing 1 hit, 0 walks, and striking out 2. He’s an amazing 3-0, 0.46 in 19 1/3 innings, with 12 hits allowed, 0 walks, and 17 strikeouts. ZERO WALKS. There is so much fun stuff going on this year…..

Others of Note

Jonathon Murphy, Woodstock: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K’s, win
Nick Fuchs, Woodstock: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K’s
Dean Stramara, Staunton: 3 Ip, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s, win
Derek Duffy, Staunton: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K’s
Dylan Hall, Strasburg: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 Bb, 6 K’s

Wednesday’s Games

Charlottesville at Front Royal 1 PM
Charlottesville at Winchester 7 PM
Waynesboro at Purcellville
Harrisonburg at Woodstock
Strasburg at New Market
Covington at Staunton

The Chase for .400

 

Michael Wielansky, Charlottesville: 4-5, now at .421
Dominic Canzone, Front Royal: DNP, .404 (Rumor has it Dominic has left for the summer)
McClain Bradley, Waynesboro: 1-5, now at .389
Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 3-5, now .381

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Results from Wednesday June 28

Scores

Purcellville 7, Strasburg 2
Covington 5, New Market 4
Charlottesville 11, Woodstock 3
Front Royal 14, Staunton 8
Waynesboro 9, Harrisonburg 2

Hitter of the Day

Bryce Windham ODU 2017Our HOD is Bryce Windham, from Old Dominion and Charlottesville, who went 4-5, with a run, RBI, double, and walk. Bryce is now hitting 267/469/333 in 45 at-bats this summer. (I attended this game, and if I were the rest of the league, I would be terrified of the Tom Sox lineup. To a man, they were patient, working the count, and ringing out line drives when they chose a pitch to swing at. They looked very impressive.)

Others of Note

Payton Marshall, Purcellville: 2-4, run, BB, SB
Pablo Cabrera, New Market: 3-3, run, 2 RBIs, 2 SB
Caleb Walls, Covington: 2-4, run, BB, SB
Bruce Strickland, Covington: 3-4, 2 runs, RBI, HR
Ari Sechopoulos, Charlottesville: 3-5, run, 2 RBIs, BB, HR
Eric Jones, Charlottesville: 2-2, 2 runs, RBI, BB, SF
Cole Migliorini, Charlottesville: 3-6, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, HR
Dylan Hardy, Front Royal: 3-6, 3 runs, RBI, 2 SB
Carter Perkins, Front Royal: 2-5, run, 4 RBIs, 2B
Dominic Canzone, Front Royal: 4-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, SB
Trevor Rosenberg, Front Royal: 2-5, run, 2 RBIs
Jaden Hassell, Front Royal: 1-2, 3 runs, BB
Max Wood, Staunton: 2-3, BB
Zach Evers, Waynesboro: 2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, HR
Joseph Estrada, Waynesboro: 2-4, run, 4 RBIs, HR, SB
Austin Embler, Harrisonburg: 3-4, BB

Pitcher of the Day

The POD is Harrisonburg’s Christopher Farish, from Wake Forest, who threw 7 effective Chris Farish Wake Forest 2017innings in relief yesterday. He allowed 2 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 8. He’s now 1-0, 1.92, with 23 K’s in 14 innings pitched- all in relief.

Others of Note

Sean Gabel, Purcellville: 7 Ip, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K’s, win (63)

Sean McCracken, Charlottesville: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K’s, win (59) (Love his pace on the mound)

Gabe Mosser, Waynesboro: 5 IP 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K’s, win (54)

Thursday’s Games

Purcellville at Covington

Winchester at Charlottesville

Waynesboro at Strasburg

Woodstock at Front Royal

Staunton at New Market

Results from Thursday, June 22

Scores

Purcellville 6, Front Royal 5
Purcellville 8, Front Royal 5
Waynesboro 5, Winchester 3
Harrisonburg 5, Covington 3
Staunton 5, Strasburg 4
New Market 8, Charlottesville 4

Hitter of the Day

Bruce Strickland Felician 2017A double and home run carry the day- our HOD is Covington’s Bruce Strickland, from Felician! Bruce went 2-4, with 2 runs, an RBI, and the aforementioned double and home run. He’s now 7-16 in his young season, with a slash line of 438/450/938. Out of his 7 hits so far, 5 of them have gone for extra bases.

Others of Note

Blake Thomas, Front Royal: 3-5, run, SB
Sheldon Reed, Purcellville: 2-4, 3 RBIs
Andrew Zban, Purcellville: 3-4, 2 RBIs
Raul Cabrera, Purcellville: 2-3, 2 runs, RBI, 2B, BB
Tony Beam, Harrisonburg: 3-5, RBI, 2B
Joe Lytle, Harrisonburg: 2-2, run, 2 RBIs, 2B
Hunter Stokes, Strasburg: 2-4, run, 2B, BB
Jay Charleston, Staunton: 3-5, run, RBI, 2 SB
Vinnie Pasquantino, Charlottesville: 3-4, run, SB
Eric Jones, Charlottesville: 3-5, RBI, 2B
Ari Sechopoulos, Charlottesville: 2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2B
Jacob Rhinesmith, New Market: 2-3, 2 runs, RBI, 3B, 2 SB
Jack Hartman, New Market: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Carter Bach, from Harrisonburg and Wake Forest! Carter earned a game Carter Bach Wake Forest 2017score of 64 with 5 innings, 1 hit, 1 unearned run, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. This was Carter’s second game- he’s now 0-0, 3.00 in 9 innings pitched.

Others of Note

Nickolas Ortega, Front Royal: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K’s
Christopher Farish, Harrisonburg: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K’s (I don’t usually include this many earned runs over 3 IP, but 9 K’s?!? Wow.)
PJ Piesko, Covington: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K (57)
Brendan Smith, Strasburg: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K’s
Derek Duffy, Staunton: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K’s (6 out of 7 outs recorded by K)
Corley Woods, Staunton: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K’s, win

Friday’s Games

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

#7 Reliever: Parker Johnson, Staunton

parker-johnson-wake-forest-2016-headshotYou just gotta love pitchers that both have a low walk rate and a high strikeout rate.

So take a look at Parker Johnson, the 6-foot righthander from Staunton and Wake Forest. In 29 Valley League innings, Parker went 2-1, 3.10, with a 1.034 WHIP, 1.9 BB/9, and 13.7 K/9 in 29 innings. For those scoring at home, that’s allowing 6 walks and striking out 44 in those 29 innings. Among pitchers considered for this list, his BB/9 was 7th, and his K/9 was 3rd. He pitched in 2 games in the playoffs, and over 5 innings, allowed 4 hits, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, and struck out 8 more hitters.

Parker is a redshirt junior at Wake Forest. In 2015, his first season for the Demon Deacons (really?), he went 1-0, 9.14 in 21 games and 21 2/3 innings. He walked 9 and struck out 17. His workload was reduced quite a bit for 2016, when he appeared in only 11 games and threw 10 2/3 innings. He went 0-1, 9.28, with 5 walks and 15 strikeouts.

Parker also pitched in Staunton in the summer of 2015, when he went 2-2, 3.85, with 11 walks and 24 strikeouts in 17 relief outings covering 21 innings.

He has huge potential, that is obvious to see. His head coach, Tom Walter, said this about his ability: “He has a live arm and has shown the ability to pitch with his fastball on both sides of the plate with velocity and movement. If he can get his breaking ball and his change-up more consistent, he can be a big asset to us out of our bullpen.”

Congratulations on your outstanding summer, Parker!

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#11 Starting Pitcher: John McCarren, Harrisonburg

john-mccarren-wake-forest-head-2016ATVL’s #11 starting pitcher in the 2016 Valley League system is Harrisonburg’s John McCarren, the senior righthander from Wake Forest!

John started 6 games for the Turks, and went 4-1, 3.71, with a 1.088 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, and 7.1 K/9 in 34 innings pitched. He struck out 27 and only walked 9. His best start was on July 20th against Front Royal, when he threw 5 shutout innings while allowing only 2 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 4. The Turks won, 4-0.

McCarren has pitched almost exclusively out of the bullpen for the Demon Deacons. (He did start 4 games over 3 years, but he’s thrown in 59 games out of the ‘pen.) In 2014, as a freshman, John went 1-2, 4.18, and 1 save. He had a 1.57 WHIP, 3.5 BB/9, and 6.8 K/9 in 28 innings.

The next season, he went 0-3, 5.51, again with 1 save. His WHIP went down to 1.48, BB/9 went up slightly to 3.6, and his K/9 decreased to 5.5 in 50 2/3 innings.

As a junior in 2016, John had probably his best season, as he went 7-3, 3.66 in 66 1/3 innings, along with a 1.51 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, and 5.6 K/9.

One more stat line to report: in the summer of 2014, John played in the Perfect Game League for the Amsterdam Mohawks (the Mohawks?!?), and went 2-1, 2.60 in 17 games and 27 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. His WHIP was 1.01, and he had a 1.3 BB/9 and 9.8 K/9.

Congratulations on your excellent summer, John!

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#5 Hitter: Jonathan Pryor, Harrisonburg

(Austin Bachand / DN-R)

(Austin Bachand / DN-R)

Welcome to the top five!

According to ATVL, the 5th best hitter in the 2016 Valley League season is Harrisonburg’s Jonathan Pryor, from Wake Forest!

Jonathan was a critical bat in the middle of the Turk lineup. Over 36 games and 120 at-bats, he hit 358/463/508, with 11 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 30 runs scored, 26 RBIs, and a stellar 24/22 BB/K ratio. He finished 3rd in the league in batting average. He went 1-3 in the all-star game (along with 2 RBIs and a walk), and went 2-8 with a double in the playoffs. The Valley League named him 1st Team All-Valley in the outfield. His best game was on June 26th against the Express, when he went 4-5, with 3 runs, a double, 3 RBIs, and a stolen base.

The current senior has seen action in three different seasons for the Demon Deacons. In 2014, as a freshman, Jonathan hit 179/200/179 in only 28 at-bats. He really took off as a sophomore, when he hit 316/366/384 in 48 games and 177 at-bats. He added 9 doubles and 1 home run, while he scored 35 runs and drove in 11. He walked 5 times that year against 40 strikeouts.

As a junior in the spring of 2016, Pryor hit 247/421/313 in 166 at-bats, with 8 doubles, 1 home run, 39 runs, 17 RBIs, and a much better 39/51 BB/K ratio. Oddly enough, Jonathan has seen action in 5 different summer leagues now. In 2014 he played in the Perfect Game and New England Collegiate Leagues. In 2015 he played in the Coastal Plain League, and in the season just concluded he played in the Valley League and joined the Cape Cod League in August.

Congratulations on your excellent summer, Jonathan!

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Everything That Happened, Wednesday July 20

Five games last night, and tons more runs scored. Let’s take a snapshot of the evening:

Results

Purcellville 7, Charlottesville 2 (Thanks to Tyler Ratliff’s 2 home runs and 5 RBIs, the Cannons draw into a tie with New Market for the last playoff spot in the North. Both teams have 5 games to play. The Tom Sox, with 7 games to play, are 2 games behind Staunton for the last playoff spot in the South- and they play tonight!)

Strasburg 12, New Market 6 (6-6 tie going into the bottom of the 8th, and the Express explode for 6 runs to run away with this one. As mentioned above, the Rebels fall into a tie for the last playoff spot in the North. Strasburg has almost clinched the North division title.)

Waynesboro 14, Covington 3 (The Generals score 13 runs over the 3rd-6th innings. Seven games left, and the Generals have a 2 game lead over the Turks for the South division title. The Jacks have clinched a top three finish in the South, and are 3.5 games behind the Turks for 2nd place.)

Woodstock 14, Staunton 8 (The Bandits hold off elimination for another day. The team is 4.5 games back of both Purcellville and New Market with 5 games to play. Staunton is still 2 games ahead of the Tom Sox for the last playoff spot in the South.)

Harrisonburg 4, Front Royal 0 (Three Turks hold the Cards to 4 singles and 0 runs. Turks are still 2 games behind Waynesboro for South title, Cards are still 3 games ahead of both New Market and Purcellville with 5 games to play.)

Hitter of the Day

Tanner Poole Miss St 2016Our hitter of the day almost literally did a little bit of everything for Waynesboro. It’s Tanner Poole, from Mississippi State, who went 3-4, with 4 runs scored, an RBI, a walk, double, triple, hit-by-pitch, and stolen base. Tanner has been productive all summer for the Generals. He’s now hitting 341/479/515 in 132 at-bats and 35 games, with 39 runs, 6 doubles, 4 triples, 3 home runs, 19 stolen bases, and a solid 25/33 BB/K ratio.

Others of Note

Tyler Ratliff, Purcellville: 2-4, 2 runs, 5 RBIs, 2 HR, SF
Onassis Matos, Purcellville: 3-4, run
Chase DeMars, New Market: 4-4, run, RBI, BB
John Cable, New Market: 3-5, RBI, 2B
Michael Curry, Strasburg: 2-2, 3 runs, 2 2B, 2 BB
Zach Sterry, Waynesboro: 1-2, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, BB, HR (#13)
Juan Given, Covington: 3-5, run, RBI, HR
Nick Ward, Woodstock: 3-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs, BB, HBP, HR
Eric Garza, Woodstock: 3-4, run, 2 RBIs, 2B, BB
Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 3-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B, SB
Andrew Kuwalo, Staunton: 2-4, run, 5 RBIs, HR, SF

Pitcher of the Day

Ah, Harrisonburg and Wake Forest. This is the third combination of a Turk from Wake to win pitcher of theJohn McCarren Wake Forest 2016 day- this time it’s John McCarren (the first two were Donnie Sellers and Chris Farish). John threw 5 shutout innings last night, while allowing 2 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 4. He earned the win and a game score of 66. Over 6 games started this summer, John is 4-1, 3.70, with 28 hits, 9 walks, and 27 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched for the Turks.

Others of Note

Matt Kaster, Purcellville: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K’s, win
Will Reed, Purcellville: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K’s, save
Matthew Sullivan, Charlottesville: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K’s (59)
Tyler Howe, Waynesboro: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s, win (57)
Cole Bumbales, Covington: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Andrew Honiotes, Front Royal: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s, loss (53)

Tonight’s Games

Strasburg (Keegan James) at Waynesboro (Tyler Elwer) (Two best teams facing off)
Charlottesville (Riley Arnone) at Staunton (Eric Harp)
Covington (Orsen Josephina) at Harrisonburg (Corey Childress)
Winchester (Dillon Brown) at New Market (Terrell McCall)
Front Royal (Joseph Catalani) at Woodstock (JT Hintzen)