Results from Sunday, June 25

Scores

Woodstock 2, Winchester 0 (in a quick 2 hours and 1 minute)
Charlottesville 3, Waynesboro 2
Harrisonburg 10, Covington 6
New Market 7, Staunton 6 (Game ended on a caught stealing!)

Hitter of the Day

Jake Washer ECU 2017I must admit that I love the longball. Thus, our hitter of the day is none other than Jake Washer, from New Market and East Carolina, who hit two home runs in five at-bats for the Rebs last night. He’s now hitting 328/408/541 in 61 at-bats, with a total of 4 home runs so far.

Others of Note

Luke Robinson, Waynesboro: 2-2, 2 BB
Tony Beam, Harrisonburg: 2-3, run, 3 RBIs, BB, SF, SB
Andrew Llewellyn, Harrisonburg: 2-4, 3 RBIs, BB, 2B, SB
Bryan Arias, Harrisonburg: 2-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 3B
Sebastian Dunn, Covington: 2-3, run, BB, 2B
Zach Evers, Waynesboro: 3-4, RBI, BB, 2B, SB
Ty Andrus, Harrisonburg: 3-4, 3 runs, 2 BB, 2 SB
Alec Aleywine, New Market: 3-4, run, BB
Pablo Cabrera, New Market: 2-3, run, 2 BB, 2B
Chase Sudduth, New Market: 2-5, run, 2 RBIs, 2B
Antwaun Tucker, Staunton: 2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, HR, SB

Pitcher of the Day

The POD is Woodstock’s Brady Wilkinson, from Division-II Glenville State College! Brady Brady Wilkinson Glenville State 2017threw 7 shutout innings for the River Bandits, while allowing 6 hits, 0 walks, and striking out 6. He earned the win and a game score of 71. He is now 2-0, 3.13 in 23 innings pitched this summer.

Others of Note

Kyle Fulton, Winchester: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s, loss (60)
Jaret LaCagnina, Winchester: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Israel Fuentes, Waynesboro: 5 Ip, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K’s
Rick Spiers, Charlottesville: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K’s
John Gregory, Harrisonburg: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K’s, win
Joe Bobiak, New Market: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K’s (60)

Monday’s Games

Woodstock at Strasburg
Front Royal at New Market
Purcellville at Staunton

Five Excellent Minor League Starts….

I’m sure no one would be surprised to hear that I track every started game by former Valley League pitchers in the minor leagues. Some nights they struggle, some nights everyone does well, and most nights there is a mix.

Last night, however, there were five starts that range from pretty good to amazing. Here they are, in order of awesomeness…

  1. Austin Gomber (Luray 2012), for Double-A Springfield- 8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s, no decision, a game score of 71. Tied for the 10th best start of the season so far.
  2. Ryan Castellanos (Harrisonburg 2014), for Connecticut in the Low-A New York-Penn League- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, win, game score of 67. It was Ryan’s 2017 debut!
  3. Mike O’Reilly (Woodstock 2014), for Low-A Peoria- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s, the win (his 5th), game score of 66. Mike has the two highest game scores of the season so far. This start wasn’t as good as those, but he’s still lights out!
  4. Steven Ridings (Charles Town 2014-15), for Low-A Everett- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K’s, the win, game score of 60. Steven has pitched in 5 games in 2017… in 4 different levels. Ridiculous, eh?
  5. Chris Huffman (Staunton 2012-13), for Double-A San Antonio- 6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s, the win (his 3rd at San Antonio, and 4th overall in 2017), game score of 57.

Combined, the five went 4-0, with a 1.78 ERA and 0.79 WHIP. (30.1 IP, 16 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 BB, 22 K’s) Well done!

 

Results from Saturday June 24

Scores

New Market 8, Front Royal 4
Strasburg 8, Winchester 2
Woodstock 6, Purcellville 4
Charlottesville 8, Harrisonburg 1
Staunton 7, Covington 6

Hitter of the Day

Deacon Medders Alabama 2017Our hitter of the day is the only player with 4 hits last night- Staunton’s Deacon Medders, from Alabama! Deacon went 4-4, with a run, 2 RBIs, and a stolen base. He is 7-15 at the plate so far, and he has also started 3 games on the mound.

Others of Note

Simon Landry, Strasburg: 3-5, 2B, 2 runs
Brandon Quaranta, Strasburg: 2-4, 2 runs, BB
Jacob Hirsh, Strasburg: 2-4, 2 runs, 2B, 2 SB, BB
Reuban Ball, JR, Winchester: 2-3, run, 2 RBIs, BB, HR
Derrick Herd, Woodstock: 3-4, run, RBI, 2B
Ray Hernandez, Purcellville: 3-4, RBI, 2B
Haiden Lamb, Charlottesville: 3-4, run, 3 RBIs
Orley Arrellano, Covington: 2-4, run, 2 RBIs, BB, SB

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD was pretty clear by game score last night; Nick Fuchs, from Gannon and Nick Fuchs Gannon 2017pitching for Woodstock, put up a game score of 74 after 6 shutout innings and 95 pitches. He allowed 3 hit, 1 walk, and struck out 9 to earn the win. Nick is now 2-1, 1.77 over his first 20 1/3 innings.

Others of Note

Dylan Hall, Strasburg: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s, win (58)
Connor Gillispie, Charlottesville: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K’s (59)
Drew Loepprich, Charlottesville: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K’s, win
Eric Yankey, Harrisonburg: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Peter Soporowski, Staunton: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K’s (54)

Sunday’s Games

Harrisonburg at Covington
Waynesboro at Charlottesville
Winchester at Woodstock
New Market at Staunton

Results from Wednesday June 14

Three of the five scheduled games were played last night- let’s take a look!

Results

Covington 5, Woodstock 4
Waynesboro 7, Harrisonburg 0
Strasburg 3, Purcellville 2
Charlottesville-Staunton and Front Royal-New Market were postponed

Hitter of the Day

Danton Hyman Newberry 2017Danton Hyman is our hitter of the day, after going 3-5, with a run, 2 RBIs, and a double. Weirdly, this is the second day in a row that he had exactly the same hitting line! Danton was the 10th best hitter in the league in 2016, and is off to a scorching start this year as well. The sophomore from Newberry is hitting 409/462/500 in 44 at-bats.

Others of Note

Nicolas Lares, Covington: pinch hit walk off 2-run HR
Andrew Robinson, Waynesboro: 2-5, run, BB, 2B
Parker Phillips, Waynesboro: 2-4, run, 3 RBIs, 2B

Pitcher of the Day

Three excellent choices (well, five) for today, but the best start was thrown byPayton Kinney Nebraska Omaha 2017 Waynesboro’s Payton Kinney, from Nebraska Omaha! Payton threw 6 shutout innings while allowing only 1 hit, 1 walk, and striking out 6. He earned a game score of 75. After three starts and 15 1/3 innings for the Generals, Payton is 2-0, 2.34, with 14 K’s.

Others of Note

Francisco Fernandez, Covington: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s (69)
Brady Jones, Woodstock: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K’s
Tyler Thompson, Waynesboro: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K’s
Dylan Hall, Strasburg: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K’s (68)

Thursday’s Schedule

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

Results From Tuesday June 13

All five games were played last night, although one of them almost wasn’t. By the way, we’re nearing our first “Power Rankings,” so be warned…

Results

Woodstock 9, Winchester 6
Front Royal 5, Charlottesville 2
Purcellville 7, Harrisonburg 0
New Market 6, Covington 3
Staunton 4, Strasburg 2

Hitter of the Day

Derrick Herd Findlay 2017Our HOD is none other than Derrick Herd, from Woodstock and Findlay, who went 4-4, with a run, RBI, walk, and 2 doubles. Derrick is hitting 450/476/550 after 20 at-bats this summer.

Others of Note

Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 3-5, run, 2 RBIs, 2B
Cash Gladfelter, Woodstock: 4-5, run, 2B
Nick Goode, Winchester: 2-3, BB
Ray Hernandez, Purcellville: 3-4, 2 runs, RBI, 2 2B
Caleb Walls, Covington: 3-5, 2 runs, SB
Richard Miller, Staunton: 3-5, 2 RBIs, 2B
Jose Bonilla Traverso, Strasburg: 2-4, BB, 2B

Pitcher of the Day

Our pitcher of the day is Sean Gabel, from Purcellville and Santa Fe Community College! Sean Gabel Sante Fe 2017Sean earned a game score of 68, for throwing 6 shutout innings and allowing 4 hits, 0 walks, and striking out 4. He’s now 1-0, 2.53 in 10 2/3 innings this summer.

Others of Note

Ryan Watson, Front Royal: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s (54)
Kyle Luigs, New Market: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s (57)
Jordan Cox, Staunton: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 K’s (56)

Wednesday’s Schedule

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

Results from Thursday, June 8

All games were played this evening, and a ton of runs were scored. I mentioned the other day that the pitching seemed to be ahead of the hitting; that is definitely not the case on this night!

Results

Woodstock 10, Covington 8
Charlottesville 17, Strasburg 7 (Whoa)
Purcellville 8, Harrisonburg 3
Waynesboro 10, New Market 9 (10 innings)
Staunton 13, Front Royal 11 (11 innings)

Hitter of the Day

Dominic Canzone Ohio State 2017Tough call today; three players had 4 hits last night! When in doubt, go with total bases, so our hitter of the day is Front Royal’s Dominic Canzone, from Ohio State! Dominic went 4-7, with 4 runs, 2 RBIs, a double, home run, and stolen base. In 6 games this summer, Dominic is 9-23, with a slash line of 391/481/739.

Others of Note

Danton Hyman, Woodstock: 3-5, 3 runs, RBI, 2B, 2 SB
Jacob Reimold, Woodstock: 3-5, run, RBI
Kyle Battle, Charlottesville: 3-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B
Michael Wielansky, Charlottesville: 2-6, 3 runs, 3 RBIs, 2 2B, SB
Ari Sechopoulos, Charlottesville: 2-5, run, 4 RBIs, HR
Brandon Johnson, Charlottesville: 2-4, 3 runs, RBI
Jake Perry, Strasburg: 2-5, 3 RBIs, 2 2B
Brandon Quaranta, Strasburg: 0-2, 3 runs, 3 BB
Trevin Esquerra, Purcellville: 2-4, run, 2 RBIs, BB, 3B
Trey McDyre, Purcellville: 2-3, run, RBI, BB
Jake Washer, New Market: 2-4, 2 runs, RBI, BB
Jack Hartman, New Market: 2-5, RBI, 2 2B, SB
Nicholas Barber, New Market: 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, 2B, HR
Ryan Rosa, Waynesboro: 2-5, 4 runs, 3 RBIs, 2 2B, BB
Cash Gladfelter, Woodstock: 4-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs
Antwaun Tucker, Staunton: 2-5, run, 3 RBIs, BB, SB
Luc Lipcius, Front Royal: 3-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B
Connor Pohl, Front Royal: 4-6, run, RBI, BB
Ryan Coale, Staunton: 1-2, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, eventual game winning grand slam in the 11th
Richard Miller, Staunton: 1-3, 4 runs, RBI, BB, HBP, SF

Pitcher of the Day

Our pitcher of the day on this offense-heavy evening is Colin Brown, from Woodstock Colin Brown Hendrix College 2017and Hendrix College! Colin went 6 innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 2 walks, and striking out 5. He earned the win and a game score of 63.

Others of Note

Alec Aleywine, New Market: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K’s (57)

Schedule for Friday

Waynesboro at Covington
Purcellville at Winchester
Strasburg at Front Royal
Charlottesville at Harrisonburg

Update on Lang, Villanueva, Jones, and O’Reilly

For our afternoon post, here are four quick updates on former Valley Leaguers!

  • Michael Lang (Haymarket 2009), a free agent signee of the Arizona Diamondbacks back in 2012, spent parts of two seasons in the Diamondback system. He was scooped up by Sioux City of the Independent American Association, and has now spent parts of 5 seasons there. A few days ago, he set the franchise record for career triples- he has 23 in his Indy ball career. He already owned the single season record, by the way.
  • Elih Villanueva (Luray 2007) is an old name among ATVL’s regular readers. He started 170 minor league games between 2008 and 2015, and 1 major league game in 2011 (against the Phillies, who whacked him pretty good). Elih was released by the Baltimore Orioles after the 2015 minor league season. He pitched in the Dominican Winter League, but was not signed by another club. He didn’t pitch in 2016, but signed with the Independent Lancaster Barnstormers in the Atlantic League this spring, where he went 5-1, 2.72 in 7 starts. All this to say that Elih was signed by the Red Sox a couple days ago, and is scheduled to start for Double-A Portland tonight. (I moved him back into the “active” file!)
  • You might remember Bradley Jones (Charles Town 2015) from his monster home run derby at the All-Star game in 2015, but he should also be known for being a darn good hitter in games, too. An 18th round pick in 2016, he was assigned to Low-A Lansing of the Midwest League in April. But after hitting 326/395/560 in 184 at-bats, he’s been promoted to High-A Dunedin of the Florida State League.
  • The Cardinals drafted Mike O’Reilly (Woodstock 2014) in the 27th round of the 2016 amateur draft. Today he was named a Midwest League All-Star after going 3-1, 2.08 in 39 innings. He’s given up 29 hits, 3 walks, and struck out 39. Way to go, Mike!

That’s all for now….