Charlottesville at Waynesboro was rained out, but the other three games were played… and a team was eliminated in all of them!
- Covington 2, Harrisonburg 1 (Covington wins series, 2-0)
The night after the two teams combined to score 21 times, they pushed across only three, and none after the third inning.
The Jacks struck for two in the 2nd inning; one on a Ryan Fitzgerald single that scored Christopher Villa, and then Noah Bridges stole home when Fitzgerald was “picked off” first base and got in a rundown. This play was controversial; it’s possible that Bridges was out at home.
The Turks scored in the 3rd inning when Zach Little hit a single to score Kyle Johnson, who had also singled.
The Jacks got a complete game effort from starter Chase Best, who, over 114 pitches, allowed only 6 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 8. The Turks also got an excellent performance on the mound from Eli Ellington, who struck out 11 batters in only 6 innings.
The Lumberjacks move on to face the winner of the Charlottesville-Waynesboro series, and the Turks, in one of the more odd pieces of trivia, have now been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for 6 years in a row, and 13 of the last 18 seasons.
- New Market 9, Front Royal 1 (New Market wins series, 2-0)
The New Market Rebels, led by Oraj Anu at the dish and Nicholas Cottone on the mound, left no doubt as to who would be moving on, blasting the Front Royal Cardinals in game 2.
The Rebs scored 6 times in the 4th on only 4 hits, largely due to 4 Cardinal errors. The big blow in the inning was a 2-run single by Anu, scoring Kobe Lopez and Andrew Eyster.
Cottone, then, with a little help from the bullpen, took care of the rest. He gave up only the 1 run, unearned, in 5 innings, while allowing 3 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 8. Jared Hibbeln, Austin Bogart, and
Andrew Green Andy Reed all appeared in relief, throwing 4 combined shutout innings.
Front Royal was led at the plate by Brady Ballstadt (2-4) and Michael Green, who doubled twice.
The Rebels will move on to face the Winchester Royals in game one of the North Division finals in New Market Tuesday night.
- Winchester 7, Purcellville 5 (Winchester wins series, 2-0)
This one had a litle bit of everything. Home runs, including game-tying home runs, a bit of a beanball war (perhaps- intentions were not clear), ejections, spiked helmets, and the use of three pitchers to get the last three outs… and another upset, as 4th seeded Winchester finished the series against 1st seeded Purcellville.
Down 1-0 in the 3rd (Clayton Baine sacrifice fly), the Royals struck for 3 runs, thanks to a Trenton Burgreen RBI double, and two batters later, a Raymond Gil 2-run bomb. The Royals added single runs in the 4th (Samyr Santos scored on an error) and 6th (Santos home run), but the Cannons stormed back with 4 runs in the 7th. Kenny Oyama doubled in a run with 2 outs, and the very next batter, Shaggy Freeland, hit a 3-run blast to tie the game.
The Royals clawed back in front in the bottom of the 8th on an error first and then a Zion Pettigrew RBI single.
The Cannons threatened in the 9th, putting 2 guys on base with only one out, but the trio of Emilio Valdes, James Grant, and Jake Posey finished off the game, which ended on a Alec Aleywine drive to right field- caught by
Freeland Bryan Nunez.
Winchester now moves on to the semi-finals for the 2nd year in a row, and Purcellville heads home after a first round loss for the 3rd year in a row. Winchester will play New Market, with game one held at Rebel Field tonight.
- Winchester at New Market, game 1 semi-finals
- Charlottesville at Waynesboro, game 2 round one