Valley League Summary, Wednesday July 1

All six games were played last night!

Results

Charlottesville 3, Staunton 2 (The Tom Sox scored twice on a Brian Fortier single to shock the Braves in the 9th)
Harrisonburg 5, New Market 4 (Jesse Baker walk-off single in the 9th)
Strasburg 14, Woodstock 8 (No lack of offense in this one)
Waynesboro 9, Covington 2
Aldie 6, Charles Town 3
Winchester 12, Front Royal 8 (More offense!)

Hitter of the Day

Collin Nyenhuis

Collin Nyenhuis

Our HOD is Collin Nyenhuis, from Woodstock and The Masters College! Collin put on a power show last night, going 2-3 with 2 runs, 4 RBIs, a walk, a sacrifice fly, and TWO home runs! Collin is now hitting 284/280/432 in 74 summer at-bats.

Others of Note

Kevin Woodall, New Market: 3-4, run, 2B
Jesse Baker, Harrisonburg: 3-4, 2 RBIs, BB
Daniel Midyett, Strasburg: 2-4, run, 3 RBIs, HR, SF, SB
Bradley Dixon, Strasburg: 2-3, 3 runs, 2 BB
Yan Rivera, Strasburg: 2-4, run, 4 RBIs, HR, SF
Jeremy Taylor, Waynesboro: 1-4, 3 RBIs, BB, SF
Christian Khawam, Charles Town: 4-5, run, 2B
Garrett Vrbanic, Aldie: 3-4, run, HBP, SB
Andrew Seigal, Aldie: 2-3, 3 RBIs, SF
James Pike, Aldie: 1-3, 3 RBIs, SF
Zach Newell, Aldie: 1-2, 3 runs, 2 BB
Matt Jones, Front Royal: 3-5, 2 runs, RBI
Michael Landestoy, Winchester: 3-3, 4 runs, 2 RBIs, HBP, HR (Probably 2nd place HOD)
Khalil Denson, Winchester: 2-4, 3 runs, RBI, BB, SB

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Staunton’s Jake Perkins, from Ferrum! Jake threw 8 innings against the Tom Sox, while allowing 2 hits,

Jake Perkins

Jake Perkins

1 earned run, 3 walks, and striking out 4. He did not get a decision, and his game score was 75. He’s now 1-1, 1.80 in 25 innings this year. Jake also pitched for New Market in the Valley League last summer.

Other of Note

Robert White, Charlottesville: 7.2 IP, 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 BB, 7 K’s (67)
Jordan Meyer, Harrisonburg: 7 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 1 BB, 4 K’s (58)
Matt Horkey, Waynesboro: 7 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 4 BB, 4 K’s, win (73)
Caleb Woods, Front Royal: 3 IP, 4 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 1 K

Tonight’s Games (As I watch the rain fall in the Valley…)

Staunton (Sam Vincenzo) at Covington (Reid Clements) (Double header- first game starts at 5 PM)
Aldie (Ryne Combs) at Strasburg (Jorge Jimenez)
Winchester (Drew Crosby) at Charles Town (Brandon Caples)
Harrisonburg (James Ziemba) at Charlottesville (Michael Scott) (Finally gave in to the temptation. Sorry, Michael.)
Waynesboro (Tyler Howe) at New Market (Joshua Burchell)
Front Royal (Josh Shepley) at Woodstock (Christian Dufresne)

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Valley League Summary, Monday June 29

Five games were played last night. I’m sitting here wondering if the storms will hold off for tonight’s games….

Results

Covington 4, Charles Town 2
Harrisonburg 9, Strasburg 2
Winchester 10, New Market 5
Charlottesville 6, Front Royal 5
Woodstock 3, Aldie 0

Hitter of the Day

Weston Clarke

Weston Clarke

Our hitter of the day is New Market’s Weston Clarke, from Belmont Abbey! Weston went 3-4, with 2 runs, a walk, double, and stolen base! He’s hitting 292/370/375 in 24 at-bats this summer.

Others of Note

Tyler Straub, Harrisonburg: 2-4, run, 4 RBIs, HR
Jared Baker, Harrisonburg: 3-5
Steven McLean, Harrisonburg: 3-5, 3 runs
Conner Gunn, New Market: 3-5, RBI
Garrison Elliott, New Market: 3-5, run
Sean Visconti, Winchester: 2-5, 2 runs, RBI, 2B, HR
Drew Small, Front Royal: 4-4

Pitcher of the Day

The POD from Monday is Woodstock’s Michael Scimanico, from Shenandoah! Michael went 6 shutout innings against Aldie, allowing only 4 hits, 3 walks, and striking out 1. He earned the win and a game score of 62. Scimanico

Michael Scimanico

Michael Scimanico

is 2-1, 1.80 in 20 summer innings.

Others of Note (The “Matt” section)

Tyler Dearden, Charles Town: 7 IP, 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 BB, 8 K’s, loss (59)
Matt Picucci, Covington: 5 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 0 earned, 3 BB, 5 K’s, win (57)
Matt Hartman, Harrisonburg: 5 IP, 2 hits, 1 earned run, 3 BB, 5 K’s, win (61)
Matt Jamer, Charlottesville: 6 IP, 7 hits, 1 earned run, 4 BB, 4 K’s, win (54)
Daniel Johnson, Charlottesville: 3 IP, 2 hits, 1 unearned run, 1 BB, 2 K’s, save
Alex Lewandowski, Aldie: 3 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 3 K’s
Joey Johnson, Woodstock: 3 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 3 K’s, save

Tonight’s Schedule

Aldie (Joe Williams) at Front Royal (Luke Burnidge)
Charles Town (Stephen Solomon) at Strasburg (Brock Hunter)
Covington (Philip Stokes) at Harrisonburg (Kale Morton)
Charlottesville (Hayden McCutcheon) at New Market (Mickey Terzi)
Waynesboro (William Montgomerie) at Staunton (Nick Margevicius)
Winchester (Michael Catlin) at Woodstock (Ryan Bennett)

Valley League Summary, Sunday and Monday, June 14-15

Let’s take a quick look at the Valley League from Sunday and Monday. I’ll name just the hitter and pitcher of the day and skip the “others of note” due to time constraints. Tuesday’s results will be like normal!

Sunday, June 14

Results

Front Royal 11, Strasburg 3
Harrisonburg 7, Waynesboro 2
Aldie 6, Winchester 2
Staunton 6, New Market 5
Covington 6, Charlottesville 4
Woodstock 10, Charles Town 3

Players of the Day

Matt Hartman

Matt Hartman

Our hitter of the day is Covington’s Robert Dadona, from Seton Hall, who went 3-3 with a run, 3 RBIs, a walk, and 2 doubles. The pitcher of the day is Matt Hartman, from Harrisonburg and Arizona. Matt threw 6 shutout innings against Waynesboro, allowing only 2 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 7, He earned a game score of 73.

Monday, June 15

Results

Staunton 10, Waynesboro 6
Strasburg 8, Woodstock 5

Players of the Day

Our hitter of the day is Woodstock’s appropriately named Justin Woods, from UNC Asheville. Justin went 3-4, with 2 runs, 3 RBIs, 2 doubles, and a home run. The pitcher of the day is Staunton’s Walter Borkovich, from Michigan

Justin Woods

Justin Woods

State, who threw 6 innings against Waynesboro while allowing 5 hits, 4 runs, 1 earned run, 1 walk, and striking out 4. He earned a game score of 55.

 

Valley League Summary, Thursday, June 11

The weather’s been holding so far in the Valley- only one game has been postponed thus far. (Did I jinx tonight??) Anyway, all six games were played, but keep in mind that the New Market-Charlottesville boxscore was never finalized, so I had to get stats from Gamelive.

Results

Front Royal 7, Aldie 2
Strasburg 5, Charles Town 0
Harrisonburg 7, Covington 5
Staunton 6, Waynesboro 5
Winchester 14, Woodstock 10
Charlottesville 7, New Market 5

Hitter of the Day

Esteban Puerta

Esteban Puerta

Our hitter of the day is another returner to the league- Esteban Puerta, from Woodstock and Florida Atlantic! Esteban had a great 2014 for the ‘Stock- he was named ATVL’s #6 hitter in the league. Anyway, Esteban went 3-4 last night, along with 2 runs, 3 RBIs, a walk, a double, and a hit-by-pitch. Esteban is now hitting 333/467/417 in 12 at-bats so far.

Others of Note

Edgar Lebron, Front Royal: 2-3, run, 2 RBIs, BB, SB
Jared Baker, Harrisonburg: 2-3, run, RBI, BB
Jose Carrera, Covington: 2-3, 2 runs, RBI, BB, 3B, HBP, 3 SB (Hitter of the day yesterday)
Logan Hoggarth, Woodstock: 3-5, 2 runs, BB
Andrew Selby, Woodstock: 1-4, 2 runs, RBI, 2 BB, 3B
Justin Woods, Woodstock: 3-4, RBI, SF
Khalil Denson, Winchester: 2-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, 2B
Nathaniel Maggio, Winchester: 2-3, run, RBI, BB, 2B, HBP

Pitcher of the Day

A very close call, but the pitcher of the day is Front Royal’s Corey Sessions, from Davenport! Corey went 5 innings

Corey Sessions

Corey Sessions

last night and allowed 1 hit. 1 unearned run, 1 walk, and struck out 4. He earned both the win and a game score of 66.

Others of Note

Mario Morales, Front Royal: 4 IP, 4 htis, 1 unearned run, 1 BB, 2 K’s, save
Drew Avans, Strasburg: 5 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 BB, 4 K’s, win, game score of 65
Tony Landi, Strasburg: 3 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 0 K’s
Brandon Caples, Charles Town: 7 IP, 6 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 BB, 4 K’s, loss, game score of 60
Matt Young, Harrisonburg: 5 IP, 3 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 BB, 2 K’s, win, game score of 53
Jake Perkins, Staunton: 6 Ip, 4 hits, 4 runs, 1 earned, 3 BB, 6 K’s, win, game score of 57

Tonight’s Games

Woodstock (Michael Scimanico) at Strasburg (Brock Hunter)
Staunton (Reed Hayes) at Charlottesville (Allen Ellis)
Front Royal (Aaron Howell) at Winchester (Darrell Thompson)
Covington (Julian Abreu) at Waynesboro (Brett Sasse)
Harrisonburg (Jordan Meyer) at New Market (TBD)
Charles Town (Austin Stephens) at Aldie (Joe Williams)

Becker-Menditto Ties Save Record and Other Links

I’ve been collecting stories for a while now, so it’s time for a “link dump,” so to speak.

  • Kevin Becker-Menditto (Front Royal 2014) saved a game last night for Alvernia, which doesn’t by itself make
    Kevin Becker-Menditto FRC 2014

    Becker-Menditto

    for big news, except that it was Kevin’s 46th career save, which happens to tie the Division-III record. With the win, Alvernia advances in the winner’s bracket of the┬áNCAA Mid-Atlantic Baseball Regional. He only needed 5 pitches to lock this one down. Watch for Kevin to break the record very soon!

  • Mac Williamson (Harrisonburg 2011) had Tommy John surgery a year ago, but he is starting to round into form. Milb.com published a feature on Mac a couple days ago.
  • Five days ago, ATVL favorite Rico Noel (Covington 2008) finally made his 2015 debut for Triple-A El Paso. He’s off to a 385/375/385 start, with 2 stolen bases.
  • Austin Gomber (Luray 2012) was named the Midwest League’s pitcher of the week by milb.com (for the week ending May 10th).
  • And speaking of Austin Gomber, John Sickels posted a nice writeup about him.
  • Matt Snyder (Haymarket, Winchester 2011) has been promoted to Double-A Trenton by the New York Yankees. Matt deserved it; he was hitting 371/468/494 at High-A Tampa, along with a 15/17 BB/K ratio.
  • Jordan Edgerton (Woodstock 2013), after another 3-hit game on May 12th, is hitting a robust 352/387/429 after a month at Low-A Rome. He also has 23 RBIs in his 27 games.
  • Last but definitely not least, Jason Kipnis (Covington 2006-07) is finally healthy and hitting very, very well for the Cleveland Indians. After 32 games and 132 at-bats, Jason is hitting 311/376/462, with 7 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, and 12 walks against 17 strikeouts. Might another All-Star game appearance be in his future?

Minor League Starting Pitchers Saturday, April 25

Make sure you read this one carefully, as one of these guys almost threw a no-hitter…

Starts on Saturday, April 25

  • Alex Wimmers (Luray 2008) for AA Chattanooga: 4.1 IP, 10 hits, 9 earned runs, 3 BB, 2 K’s, no decision, game score of 6. Loss, 16-10. Alex is now 0-0, 8.68.
  • Chris Devenski (Woodstock 2011) for AA Corpus Christi: 6.1 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 3 BB, 8 K’s, Win, 16-1, game score of 78. Chris has yet to give up a run in 2015- he’s 2-0, 0.00 in 15 innings. And yes, Chris was 2 outs away from a no-hitter (it was a double-header, thus the 7 inning game), but was taken out because he reached his pitch limit (he threw 87 pitches). This is the best start of the year by a Valley League alum so far. For the game story, click here.
  • Ryan Yarbrough (Luray 2012) for A Bakersfield: 6 IP, 4 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, 6 K’s, win, 3-0, game score of 69. Alex is 2-1, 1.23 on the year.
  • Chris Pike (Harrisonburg 2012-13) for A Bowling Green: 5 IP, 9 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 BB, 1 K, Win, 4-2, game score of 41. Chris is 2-1, 3.86 so far in 2015.

Starts Scheduled for Sunday, April 26

  • Elih Villanueva (Luray 2007) for AA Bowie
  • Sam Howard (Staunton 2012) for A Asheville
  • Tyler Thornburg (Winchester 2008) for AAA Colorado Springs (Tyler has struggled a bit for the Brewers in the majors this year. Maybe this start will be the beginning of Tyler straightening things out.)

Minor League Starting Pitchers Friday, April 24

Our daily look at former Valley League pitchers who have started games last night!

Starts on Friday, April 24

  • Drew Rucinski (Luray 2009-10) for AAA Salt Lake: 7 IP, 7 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 BB, 4 K’s, game score of 53. Drew is 0-0, 5.40 on the year (only 10 IP).
  • Chad Kuhl (New Market 2012) for AA Altoona: 6 IP, 5 hits, 1 earned run, 1 BB, 2 K’s, game score of 59, win, 12-3. Chad is off to a great start! He’s 2-0, 1.13 after 3 starts.
  • Brandon Sinnery (Winchester 2009) for AA Mobile: 6.2 IP, 5 hits, 1 earned run, 3 BB, 6 K’s, game score of 63, win, 2-1. Brandon, a non-drafted free agent signed in 2012, is now 1-1, 1.62 in 16.2 innings in 2015!
  • Reed Garrett (New Market 2013) for A Hickory: 5 IP, 2 hits, 1 unearned run, 2 BB, 7 K’s, game score of 66, win, 9-1. Reed is now 1-1, 4.85 after 3 starts.

Starts Scheduled for Saturday, April 25

  • Alex Wimmers (Luray 2008) for AA Chattanooga
  • Chris Devenski (Woodstock 2011) for AA Corpus Christi
  • Ryan Yarbrough (Luray 2012) for A Bakersfield
  • Chris Pike (Harrisonburg 2012-13) for A Bowling Green