On This VBL Day: June 18

Hitter of the Day

On June 18, 2018, Winchester’s Aaron Palensky went 3-4, with three runs scored, a double, home run, hit-by-pitch, stolen base, and two RBIs, helping the Royals defeat Strasburg, 9-5. Palensky hit .281/.386/.381 in 139 at-bats in 2018, with eight doubles and two home runs. He hit even better in 2019, when upon returning to the Royals, he hit .301/.383/.512 in 123 at-bats, with nine doubles, a triple, and five home runs. The best part of all of this is that Palensky has been signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Yankees.

Pitcher of the Day

On June 18, 2019, Harrisonburg Turk Eli Ellington threw four shutout innings while allwoing only one hit and two walks, while striking out nine. (Alex Hoppe followed with four shutout relief innings as the Turks beat Winchester, 8-0.) Ellington was the league’s 5th best starter, finishing the summer 1-1, 2.31, with a 1.343 WHIP, 4.9 BB/9, and 13.9 K/9 in 35 regular-season innings. He transferred to Gulf Coast State after the summer season.

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