The winner of the last matchup is Jimmy Yezzo- he’ll face Aidan Nagle in the next round.
- Brandon Quaranta was a monster in Strasburg’s lineup… and on the hill. Let’s see: in 2016, he hit .375/.425/.713 in 80 at-bats, with seven doubles and six home runs. He went on to hit .448/.500/1.034 in the playoffs to help the Express to a title. On the mound, he didn’t allow an earned run in 7 1/3 regular season innings and four postseason innings. Then, 2017. In 151 regular season at-bats, he hit .331/.448/.623, with 11 doubles, 11 home runs, 49 RBIs, and a 25/32 BB/K ratio. He hit another home run and walked 11 times in nine playoff games, too. On the mound, he went 0-0, 1.58, with four saves in 11 1/3 regular season innings, and 1-2, 1.42 in 6 1/3 playoff innings. He was ATVL’s 2nd best hitter that year (behind only Michael Wielansky). He played all four years at Philadelphia U (changed to “Jefferson” in 2017, I believe), and hit .318/.449/.630 in 462 at-bats, with 24 doubles, 38 home runs, 123 RBIs, a 92/97 BB/K ratio, and 25 stolen bases in the four years. He was not drafted after his college eligibility ended.
- Leo Rojas scored 59 runs for Winchester in 2012- more than any other Valley Leaguer since the 2004 season. Overall, the second baseman from Alabama State hit .357/.416/.540 in 213 at-bats, with those 59 runs, 14 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 34 RBIs, an 18/27 BB/K ratio, and 11 stolen bases in 13 attempts. He was ATVL’s 9th best hitter in the league that summer (and received serious consideration for second team All-Decade last December). Rojas spent his first two college years at St. Pete Community College, and his junior and senior year at Alabama State, where he hit a combined .274/.348/.384 in 365 at-bats, with 21 doubles, eight triples, a home run, 62 RBIs, 30/55 BB/K ratio, and 26 stolen base in 31 attempts. Rojas was not drafted after his college eligibility, but he returned to Alabama State as a volunteer coach (for at least the 2014 season), and I believe he may
justbe a fire fighter now. ***EDIT*** (I added the strike through “just”- I meant that as “He MAY be a fire fighter,” because I wasn’t sure. No disrespect to firefighters.)
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