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)

Not Quite Everything That Happened, Tuesday July 19

Sometimes there are several walk-offs in a Valley League evening… sometimes not. Last night saw four games all decided by at least 6 runs. In fact, 58 runs were scored in these four games. Wow.

Results

Winchester 14, Purcellville 5 (Royals crush the Cannons with an onslaught of 22 hits and 14 runs. TWO Royals went 5-5 in this one. The Cannons are still one game behind New Market for the final playoff spot, with 6 to play. Winchester, also with 6 games left, trails first place Strasburg by 4.5 games, and leads 3rd place Front Royal by 3.)

Front Royal 10, Woodstock 4 (The Cards pummel the Bandits. With 6 to play, the Cards are 3 games behind 2nd place Winchester, and 3 games ahead of 4th place New Market. The Bandits are now 5 games out of the last playoff spot in the North with 6 games to play.)

Staunton 9, Harrisonburg 1 (Braves use a 7-run 7th (in which 6 of the runs were unearned) to wallop the Turks. Turks are now 2 games behind Waynesboro for the top seed in the South with 6 to play. Staunton are 2 games ahead of the Tom Sox for the last playoff spot in the South with 8 games left.)

Covington 13, Strasburg 2 (Jacks are THIS close to clinching a playoff spot. By the way, something happened to the Express side of the boxscore, so I have no information about half of this game.)

Hitter of the Day

Zac Wiley Bellarmine 2016Our HOD is Zac Wiley, from Front Royal and Bellarmine! Zac went 4-4, with 2 runs, 4 RBIs, a double, and a home run. He’s now hitting 320/419/550 in 100 at-bats this summer, along with 16 runs, 21 RBIs, 8 doubles, and 5 home runs.

Others of Note

Spencer Levine, Winchester: 2-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, HR
Ricardo Soto, Winchester: 5-5, run, RBI
Kevin Fuller, Winchester: 5-5, 2 runs
Christian Leung, Woodstock: 3-4, run
Bernabe Camargo, Front Royal: 2-5, 2 runs, 2 2B
Bruce Valentin, Covington: 3-6, run, RBI, 2 2B
Juan Given, Covington: 2-3, 3 runs, 2 BB, HBP, SB
Fabian Pena, Covington: 3-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, 2B, HR
Miguel Reyes, Covington: 3-4, 3 runs, RBI, 2B, HBP, HR
Keegan Maronpot, Staunton: 3-5, run, RBI, 2B

Pitcher of the Day

It’s odd that the pitcher of the day would come from the losing side of a 9-1 blowout, but Harrisonburg’s Chris Farish Chris Farish Wake Forest 2016came out right before the wheels came off for the Turks. In his first start of the summer, the Wake Forest Demon Deacon threw 6 innings, and allowed 5 hits, 1 earned run, 4 walks, and struck out 6. His game score is 60. He’s now 1-0, 3.50 in 18 innings this summer.

Others of Note

Andrew Green, Purcellville: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K’s
Blake Whitney, Front Royal: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K’s, win (53)
Mike Hanchar, Covington: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K’s, win (54)
Thaddeus Ward, Staunton: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K’s (59)

Tonight’s Games

Purcellville (Zach Sloan) at Charlottesville (Matthew Sullivan)
New Market (TBD) at Strasburg (Peyton Plumlee)
Waynesboro (Tyler Howe) at Covington (Orlando Cannon)
Woodstock (TBD) at Staunton (Sm Vicenzo)
Front Royal (TBD) at Harrisonburg (John McCarren)

Daily Update, Sunday June 19

Results

Charlottesville 6, Harrisonburg 1 (Game 1)
Front  Royal 6, Purcellville 2
Strasburg 8, Woodstock 7 (Express score 5 in the bottom of the 9th to win!)
Waynesboro 4, New Market 3 (Generals scores 2 in 9th to win)
Harrisonburg 2, Charlottesville 0 (Game 2- almost no-hitter!)

Hitter of the Day

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Our hitter of the day is Woodstock’s Eric Garza, from Georgetown! Eric, the brother of Michael Garza, who played in the ‘Stock in 2009, went 3-5, with 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and a double. He’s hitting 289/347/333 in 45 at-bats this summer. For Georgetown this spring, he hit 271/337/329 in 85 at-bats.

Others of Note

Trevor Denton, Harrisonburg: 2-3, run, RBI, HR
Yamil Pagan, Front Royal: 1-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, BB, 2B
Tommy Ziegen, Purcellville: 2-3, run, RBI, HR
Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 3-5, 2 runs, RBI
Jose Carrera, Covington: 1-3, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, SB
Irving Lopez, Staunton: 2-3, 2 runs, HBP

Pitcher of the Day

The POD is Donnie Sellers, from Harrisonburg and Wake Forest! Donnie threw 6 shutout, no-hit innings in game 2Donnie Sllers Wake Forest 2016 of the doubleheader against Charlottesville. He walked one, and struck out 4 to earn both the win and a game score of 75. (IN case you’re wondering a hit was given up after Donnie left the game, so no no-hitter.) It was his first start of the season (maybe not the last, after this showing), and he’s now 1-0, 0.81, with 13 K’s in 11 innings. For the Demon Deacons in the spring, Donnie went 5-5, 5.65 in 43 innings.

Others of Note

Brooks Crawford, Charlottesville: 6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, win (58)
Stephen Xirinachs, Front Royal: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K’s, win (66)
Mitch Stophal, Front Royal: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K’s
Alex Hicks, New Market: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s (63)
Campbell Scholl, Waynesboro: 5 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 K’s (60)
Matt Olson, Charlottesville: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K’s, loss (56)
Mark Hendricks, Covington: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K’s
Damon Frazier, Staunton: 3 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Tonight’s Games

Charlottesville (AJ Franklin) at Waynesboro (Alex Ernestine)
Purcellville (Zach Sloan) at Covington (TBD)
New Market (Joey Johnson) at Harrisonburg (Greg Paprocki)
Winchester (Dillon Brown) at Woodstock (YBD)