Five games were played on another perfect evening in the Shenandoah Valley! (That may not be the case today, though.)
- Winchester 8, New Market 7: A back-and-forth game saw a New Market rally fall just short in the ninth inning- the game ended with the bases loaded. Winchester is 2-2; New Market falls to 3-1. (I was in attendance for this one- met some really great people in the press box!)
- Covington 3, Harrisonburg 2: The Lumberjacks scored one run in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings to overcome an excellent start by the Turks’ Mitchell Farris. The winning came in on a Nate Slocum fielder’s choice RBI. Jacks are 3-0; Turks fall to 1-2. (By the way, both missing Harrisonburg games are now finalized and included in final stats.)
- Charlottesville 13, Staunton 8: Down 8-2 going into the bottom of the sixth, Charlottesville mounted a furious comeback, scoring six in the sixth and five in the seventh to win this one going away. The Staunton staff walked 11 in this one. Charlottesville is 1-3; Staunton is 1-2.
- Strasburg 10, Purcellville 9: A game with eight lead changes, our second extra-inning affair also went a little crazy in extras, with the Cannons scoring three in the top of the tenth and the Express answering with four in the bottom. A scorer’s nightmare, this one saw 24 walks and 27 strikeouts spread out over 11 different pitchers, along with seven errors in the field. The game lasted almost four hours and 20 minutes! Express is now 3-1; Cannons fall to 1-3.
- Front Royal 3, Woodstock 2: Chase Stanhope shut down the Bandits over the last four innings, and Dallas Hite brought home Connor Frost with an eighth-inning RBI groundout to put the Cards up.
Hitter of the Day
The hitter of the day is Staunton’s Jackson Price, from South Carolina Sumter, who went 3-4, with a run, walk, double, home run, and two RBIs. He’s now hitting .273/.467/.636 in three games this summer, and hit .397/.517/.626 with five home runs and a sterling 31/25 BB/K ratio this spring.
Others of Note
- Peyton Parker, New Market: 2-4, run, walk, double
- Trey Cruz, New Market: 2-4, two runs, two RBIs, walk, double
- Garett Wallace, New Market: A close second for HOD, he went 3-5, with two runs, a double, home run, and three RBIs. He leads the league with three homers.
- Ryan McCarthy, New Market: 0-2, three walks
- Fenwick Trimble, Winchester: 2-5, two runs, two RBIs, home run, stolen base
- Matthew Rivera, Winchester: 2-5, two runs, RBI, double, home run
- Will Long, Winchester: 2-4, two runs, RBI, walk, double
- Gavin Baird, Covington: 2-3, RBI, walk
- Joe Delossantos, Staunton: 0-2, run, three walks
- Kyle Edwards, Charlottesville: 1-4, three runs, RBI, walk, double
- Gavin Abrams, Charlottesville: 2-2, two runs, three RBIs, three walks
- Julian Rojas, Charlottesville: 2-5, four RBIs
- John Newton, Charlottesville: 1-3, two runs, two walks, three stolen bases
- Hunter Sute, Charlottesville: 2-5, run, three RBIs, double
- Jack Connelly, Purcellville: 0-2, run, three walks, stolen base
- Kolbe Aven, Purcellville: 2-3, run, three RBIs, walk, home run
- Jonah Cox, Strasburg: 3-5, run, three RBIs, two walks
- Armando Albert, Strasburg: 2-5, walk
- Tripp McKinlay, Strasburg: 2-6, three runs
- Walt Bailey, Strasburg: 1-3, two runs, two walks
- Garrett McMillan, Strasburg: 0-3, run, three walks
- Graham Crawford, Strasburg: 1-4, run, three RBIs, two walks, double
- Tomas Sanchez, Woodstock: 2-4, walk
Pitcher of the Day
The pitcher with the highest game score last night is Woodstock’s Kelan Hoover, from Garrett College (and Central High School!), who threw six innings while allowing only one hit, one run, and one walk while striking out seven. Coming out to a score of 71, that puts Hoover in this spot, just one point ahead of Harrisonburg’s Mitchell Farris. Hoover pitched in one game for the Bandits in 2021 as well, and struck out 72 batters in 47 innings for Garrett this spring.
Others of Note
- Mitchell Farris, Harrisonburg: Six shutout innings, three hits, one walk, five K’s (GS: 70)
- Chase Stanhope, Front Royal: Four shutout innings, one hit, two walks, six K’s, win (GS: 64)
- Evan Byers, New Market: 2 1/3 shutout innings, two walks, three K’s
- Brian Young, Winchester: Three innings, one hit, no runs, two walks, five K’s, win
- Richard Long, Covington: Five innings, four hits, one run, one walk, three K’s
- Garrett Bonnett, Covington: Two innings, two hits, one unearned run, no walks, two K’s
- Lance Tate, Charlottesville: Two innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, one K, win
- Brooks Caple, Purcellville: Three innings, one hit, one run, four walks, six K’s
- Waynesboro (Batcher) at Covington (Webb), 7 PM
- Strasburg (Rosenkranz and Guildenstern) at Woodstock (Bradarich), 7 PM
- Purcellville (Reid) at Winchester (Kenny), 7 PM
- Harrisonburg (Gainer) at Staunton (LaRue)
GREAT to have “All Things Valley League” back with us again this season. Look forward to it every morning.
Except today it was afternoon!!!