Plus the schedule!
Four games were played last night (with two 9th inning comebacks!):
- Strasburg 3, Aldie 2: Aldie scored two in the top of the 9th, but the rally fell short. The Express got a great start from Brock Hunter to stay tied with the Lumberjacks for 6th place. Aldie is still in 8th, but just one game ahead of New Market and Winchester.
- Harrisonburg 6, Winchester 4: The Turks hit three home runs, trumping the Royals’ two, to move a full game in front of Front Royal. The Royals missed a chance to catch Aldie and a playoff spot.
- Staunton 8, Charles Town 7: A comeback completed: the Braves scored twice in the bottom of the 9th to move just 2 games out of first (and 1 out of 2nd place). Elliott McCummings hit an RBI groundout, and Ryan Johnston won the game with a walk-off RBI single. The Cannons are now tied with Waynesboro for 4th place.
- Covington 3, Woodstock 2: The Jacks stunned the Bandits with 3 runs in the top of the 9th inning, allowing Covington to stay tied with Strasburg for 6th place, and leaving the Bandits in last, two full games out of the last playoff spot. Elliot Gonzalez tied it with a 2-run single, and then came around to eventually score on Matt O’Neil’s single.
Hitter of the Day
A tough call today, but our HOD is Harrisonburg’s Daniel Nichols, from Georgia, who went 2-4, with 2 runs, 2 RBIs, a walk, and a home run. Daniel has been hitting very well since joining the Turks- in 13 games, he’s hitting 356/442/511 with a 5/5 BB/K ratio.
Others of Note
Thomas Smith, Harrisonburg: 2-4, run, BB, 2B
Matt Rose, Harrisonburg: 1-2, run, 2 RBIs, HR
Justin Harris, Charles Town: 2-4, 2 runs, BB, SB
Justin Esquerra, Charles Town: 2-4, run, BB
Michael Smith, Staunton: 2-4, run, BB, SB
Joey Rodriguez, Staunton: 2-4, 3 runs, 2 RBI, HR, SB
Juan Escarra, Staunton: 3-5, RBI, 2 2B
Dave Hoffmann, Woodstock: 1-2, run, 3 BB, 2B
Andrew Brodbeck, Woodstock: 1-3, RBI, 2 BB, SB
Pitcher of the Day
Only two pitchers made the list, and they were only a game score point apart. So, let’s call them #1 and #1A.
Pitcher #1: Strasburg’s Brock Hunter, from Coastal Carolina. Brock threw 7 shutout innings against Aldie, allowing only 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 10. His game score is 78. For the season, Brock is 3-3, 2.41, with 36 hits, 15 walks, and 47 strikeouts in 41 innings pitched.
Pitcher #1A: Woodstock’s James Walsh, from Randolph Macon. James earned a game score of 77 after throwing 7 shutout innings against Covington. He allowed 2 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 5. His bullpen let him down, but he sure did his job. James has started three games for the Bandits, and is 1-0, 1.42, with 6 hits, 3 walks, and 17 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched.
Schedule for Tonight
Front Royal (Mike Elwood) at Waynesboro (Micah Gorman)
Woodstock (Greg Ostner) at Strasburg
Winchester (Brandon Vogler) at New Market (Josh Hudson)
Covington (Matt Picucci) at Staunton (Aaron Hooven)
Charles Town (Jacob Anthony) at Harrisonburg (J.R. Holloway)