It feels like it’s a little too early for rockin’ thunderstorms, right? Seems like they usually wait until July? But what do I know is that they’ve arrived, and created a bit of havoc on our evening of baseball. But still something pretty special happened….


  • Waynesboro at Harrisonburg PPD- this one made it into the 3rd inning before lightning and torrential rain took over.
  • Strasburg 9, Front Royal 4- this one made it into the 6th inning, so it is considered a complete game.
  • Woodstock 14, New Market 3- this one made it into the 7th!
  • Purcellville at Winchester is listed as Winchester leading 8-4 late. I’m not sure what’s up with the boxscore, but it’s not available at this time.

Hitter of the Day

Sometimes the choice is tough, and then sometimes a player hits for the cycle and it’s the easiest choice ever. Well, ladies and gentlemen, Woodstsock’s Willy Escala (Barry) not only hit for the cycle against New Market, but he hit for a natural cycle, which means he hit a single, double, triple, and home run… in that order. In the major leagues, a natural cycle has occurred 15 times since 1882, and the last one was in 2006- it’s more rare than a perfect game! So Escala went 4-4, with one of each kind of hit, along with four runs scored and four RBIs. Oh, he stole a base and was hit by a pitch for good measure. Escala is now 5-15 on the young season. (Thanks to Dennis Atwood for letting me know as a witness, and for the stats passed on to him from New Market parent Robert Antonetti.) You can watch the replay of the game here.

Others of Note

  • JJ Sousa, Strasburg: Poor JJ. On any other day, two home runs would win this award, but alas, not today. Sousa went 2-3, with two runs, two home runs, and four RBIs.
  • Charles Loust, Woodstock: 2-3, run, RBI, 2B, 2 HBP
  • Jacob Williams, Woodstock: 2-5, two RBIs
  • Jaylon Lee, Woodstock: 2-4, two runs, RBI, SB
  • Zach Whitacre, Woodstock: 1-2, run, RBI, two walks

Pitcher of the Day

Woodstock sweeps the awards today, as the POD is Max Charlton (Arkansas State), who threw five effective innings against New Market last night. He allowed three hits, one earned run, walked two, and struck out three to earn the win and a game score of 58. It was Charlton’s second appearance on he mound for the Bandits- he threw a shutout inning in relief two days ago against Charlottesville.

Other of Note

  • Dalton Skinner, Strasburg: Two shutout innings, one hit, three walks, two K’s, win

Tonight’s Games

  • New Market at Front Royal, 7 PM
  • Strasburg at Purcellville, 7 PM
  • Staunton at Waynesboro, 7 PM
  • Harrisonburg at Covington, 7 PM
  • Woodstock at Winchester, 7 PM