Hitter of the Day
On June 21, 2017, Charlottesville’s Vinnie Pasquantino went 4-5 against Strasburg, with three runs scored, a walk, double, home run, and two RBIs in the 7-5 win. Pasquantino went on to be ATVL’s 13th best hitter from the summer with a slashline of .336/.401/.500 in 134 at-bats, with eight doubles, a triple, four home runs, and a 14/15 BB/K ratio. He hit .345/.429/.655 line in 29 playoff at-bats as well (with six more doubles). The first baseman from Old Dominion went on to be the 11th round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in 2019, and had a dynamite pro debut at Burlington of the Appalachian League, where he hit .294/.371/.592 in 211 at-bats, with 17 doubles, a triple, 14 home runs, 53 RBIs, and a 27/40 BB/K ratio.
Pitcher of the Day
On June 21, 2019, Strasburg’s Gene Hurst fired five perfect innings against Front Royal while striking out seven in the Express’ 5-0 win. This was his third and final start of the summer, in which he went 1-1, 0.60, with 15 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched. (Wonder what his stats might have looked like had he stayed through July?) Hurst just finished his sophomore season at Samford, which, because of COVID-19, ended early. He only appeared in one game.
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