Our last winner was Brandon Quaranta; he will face the winner from today.
Today we have Austin Embler (Harrisonburg 2018) against Zach Sterry (Waynesboro 2016).
- Embler defeated Covington’s Mike Martinez in the opening round. His writeup: “Austin Embler finished 2018 with a .388/.479/.621 slashline. In 116 at-bats, he scored 26 runs, hit seven doubles, four triples, four home runs, drove in 23 runs, and had a solid 21/26 BB/K ratio. He finished third in the league in batting average and on-base percentage, fifth in slugging, and led the league in triples. He was ATVL’s 3rd best hitter. The Turks went 20-22, finished 4th in the South, and lost in the first round of the playoffs. Embler was a three-year starter for UNC-Greensboro; he hit .320/.396/.416 in 700 total at-bats, with 36 doubles, five triples, seven home runs, and a 84/131 BB/K ratio. He was not drafted after his senior season in 2019.”
- Zach Sterry laid waste to the Valley League in 2016 for the Waynesboro Generals. He hit .350/.453/.734 in 40 games and 143 at-bats. He added 33 runs, 41 RBIs, 50 hits, 14 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs, a solid 27/33 BB/K ratio, and even stole four bases without getting caught. He led the league in on-base percentage, slugging percentage (by a huge amount- Nick Ward finished at .587), doubles, home runs, and RBIs. He tied for 3rd in walks, finished 4th in batting average and on-base percentage, and tied for 5th in both runs and hits. He continued hitting right through the playoffs, too. In six games and 22 at-bats, he hit .409/.500/.818, with eight runs, eight RBIs, and three home runs. He also had a double and two RBIs in the all-star game. He was ATVL’s #1 hitter, finished first team All-Valley at first base, and was league MVP. In his four years at Oakland, Sterry hit .302/.383/.487 in 653 at-bats, with 110 runs, 46 doubles, 23 home runs, 113 RBIs, and a 78/119 BB/K ratio. He was drafted in the 8th round of the 2017 draft, and spent two seasons in the minor leagues, hitting .265/.353/.371 in 283 total at-bats. He retired in February 2019.
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