Five games on the slate last night!


  • New Market 2, Front Royal 0: In a game that saw only five total hits, pitchers reined supreme. TR Williams gave up just one hit in four+ innings of work for New Market.
  • Waynesboro 7, Staunton 6: No runs until the sixth, when Staunton erupted for six runs, but Waynesboro made a complete comeback over the last three innings to steal this one back.
  • Purcellville 8, Woodstock 7: Cannons led 7-2 after four and just hung on to this one, as the Bandits mounted a comeback for the second game in a row. Andrew Washington got the last two outs of the eighth and finished the ninth to restore some order for Purcellville.
  • Strasburg 2, Winchester 0: Odd to see such a low scoring game from these two squads. Express scored two unearned runs in the top of the first, and then rode four different arms for a four-hit shutout.
  • Covington 9, Charlottesville 2: Lumberjacks blew open a tight, 3-2 game in the ninth when the first seven batters reached base, helping the ‘Jacks to an opening-night win.

Hitter of the Day

The hitter with the best stats from last night is Covington’s Cole Ketzner, from Bossier Parish, who went 3-4, with two runs, a double, and four RBIs for the ‘Jacks. Ketzner, a South Alabama commit, hit .401/.520/.655 in 177 at-bats, along with 24 doubles, seven home runs, and an excellent 37/35 BB/K for Parish this spring.

Others of Note

  • Jalen Vasquez, Waynesboro: 3-4, run, two RBIs, double
  • TJ Clarkson, Waynesboro: 1-3, two runs, two walks, double
  • Joe Delossantos, Staunton: 3-4, run, RBI, walk, double
  • Jeffrey Snider, Staunton: 1-2, run, RBI, two walks, double, HBP
  • RJ Stinson, Woodstock: 1-3, run, RBI, two walks
  • Tristan Moore, Woodstock: 2-3, two runs, RBI, two walks, stolen base
  • Nate Chronis, Woodstock: 3-4, run
  • Brady Drawbaugh, Purcellville: 3-5, two runs, RBI
  • Cullen “Bear” Horowicz, Purcellville: 2-4, two runs, three RBIs, home run
  • Mikey Brinton, Purcellville: 2-3, two RBIs, walk, double
  • Jonah Cox, Strasburg: 2-3, run, walk, two stolen bases
  • Nathan Barraza, Winchester: 2-3, walk, double
  • Gavin Baird, Covington: 2-4, run, walk, double
  • Cooper George, Covington: 2-4, two runs, RBI, double

Pitcher of the Day

Another day, another excellent Staunton pitcher’s outing. On this night it was Nathan Knowles, from William & Mary, who threw six shutout innings against Waynesboro, allowing only two hits and one walk while striking out seven. He earned a game score of 74, the highest on the night (and season so far). He went 2-2, 5.81 with 22 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings this spring.

Others of Note

  • TR Williams, New Market: Four shutout innings, one hit, one walk, five K’s (Game score: 64)
  • Kelsey Ward, Waynesboro: Four no-hit, shutout innings, four walks, five K’s (GS: 63)
  • Jarrett Maresco, Winchester: Six innings, four hits, two unearned runs, one walk, four K’s (GS: 63)
  • Jack Cossa, Front Royal: 6 1/3 innings, two hits, two runs (one earned), four walks, two K’s (GS: 61). I had a delightful conversation with Cossa’s parents during his outing; they live in my old hometown!
  • Robert Kelley, Strasburg: Five shutout innings, three hits, two walks, two K’s, win (GS: 61)
  • Jett Jackson, New Market: Three no-hit, shutout innings, two walks, one K
  • Daulton Montagna, Waynesboro: 2 1/3 shutout innings, no hits, no walks, five K’s, win
  • Alik Avila, Woodstock: Two shutout innings, no hits, one walk, three K’s
  • Layton DeLoach, Strasburg: Two shutout innings, one hit, one walk, three K’s
  • Nathaniel Gorczyca, Covington: Two shutout innings, two hit, no walks, four K’s
  • Drew Bryan, Charlottesville: Two shutout innings, no hits, one walk, one K
  • Tom Vincent, Charlottesville: Four innings, two hits, one unearned run, one walk, five K’s (GS: 60)

Tonight’s Games

  • New Market (Mendoza) at Front Royal (Warunek), 7 PM
  • Harrisonburg (Bufford) at Waynesboro (Mortenson), 7 PM
  • Charlottesville (Horvat) at Covington (Potter), 7 PM
  • Woodstock (Wengert) at Strasburg (Ouderkirk), 7 PM
  • Winchester (Cohen) at Purcellville (Quinichett), 7 PM