Hitter of the Day
On June 13, 2019, Strasburg’s Sonny DiChiara went nuts against Front Royal, finishing the day 4-5, with three runs scored, two doubles, a home run, and six RBIs. You might think the game was at Strasburg… but it wasn’t. It was in Front Royal. DiChiara was a consistant run producer in the middle of the Express lineup all season long. He finished .313/.385/.550 in 131 regular season at-bats, and went 11-25 with four home runs in the playoffs (along with one bat stuck 15 feet up in the screen.) He was tenth in slugging percentage, eighth in total bases (72), second in RBIs, tied for fifth in home runs, and tied for eighth in doubles. He had an 11 game hitting streak from June 14 to June 29, was an All-Star, and attended the Showcase for top prospects in Cary, North Carolina. He was the 13th best hitter in the league. DiChiara just finished his sophomore season at Samford, and he was off to a great start when our spring was so rudely cancelled. He was hitting .328/.378/.475 in 61 at-bats, with two home runs and 21 RBIs.
Pitcher of the Day
On June 13, 2015, Waynesboro’s Tyler Howe spun seven shutout innings against New Market, while allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out six in the 2-1 victory. Howe went 3-1, 4.23 that summer, with 29 strikeouts and only six walks in 34 innings pitched. In 2017, in his senior year at Alabama State, Howe went 8-4, 3.41 in 95 innings, and was signed by the Detroit Tigers as an undrafted free agent. He threw 23 very effective innings that summer in the Gulf Coast League, but the Tigers let him go after the season. He was back in the Valley as the Waynesboro Generals’ pitching coach in 2019.
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