Hold on to your britches- five doubleheaders were played last night on a very mild Father’s Day. So what happened? Everything. Everything happened.
- Waynesboro 5, New Market 1 (Game 1): In a swift hour and 48 minutes, the Generals dispatched New Market in game one. The Gens scored four in the first, one on a base loaded walk, and another on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch. Kelsey Ward and Carson Hobbs shut down the good-hitting New Market lineup.
- Covington 3, Front Royal 2 (Game 1): Another quick game- this one finished in 2:08. Aaron Potter and two relievers held the Cardinals to two hits, and the Lumberjack lineup did just enough to push Covington to a win in game one.
- Strasburg 5, Staunton 3 (Game 1): The Express got four shutout innings of relief against Staunton, while the Brave pitchers gave up only seven hits but walked eight. (2:31 game time)
- Harrisonburg 3, Winchester 0 (Game 1): Lotta leather thrown around in this one! Winchester second baseman John Maldonado made three excellent plays, but the Turks needed only one swing- from returner Michael Rosario in his first game back- to win this one. Rosario slammed a home run into the right field bullpen in the fourth to break a 0-0 tie, and Mitch Farris and Sean Culkin combined on a five-hit shutout. (1:43 game time!)
- Charlottesville 13, Purcellville 6 (Game 1): So this is where the offense was hiding. Charlottesville exploded in the bottom of the sixth, scoring six runs to turn a tight 7-6 game into a blowout. The teams combined for 25 hits and 15 walks… and six errors, although all of those were committed by the Cannons. (3:12 game time)
- Waynesboro 4, New Market 3 (Game 2): Tied at three in the bottom of the seventh, Waynesboro’s Tanner Garrison hit a one-out triple, and came home on a Miguel Useche sacrifice fly to center field. With the sweep, Waynesboro is now 8-6, while New Market falls to 7-8.
- Harrisonburg 2, Winchester 1 (Game 2): What a crazy ending to this one. Down 1-0 with one out remaining in the bottom of the seventh, with the Turks’ Michael Rosario on second, Carlos Perez hit a routine grounder to Winchester’s second baseman, who bobbled the catch. However, Rosario had rounded third too far, and the second baseman attempted to throw to third, but threw it away, allowing Rosario to score and Perez to move to second. The next batter, Matthew Mamatas, hit another grounder to second, and this time the throw to first was wide, allowing Perez to score. A miraculous victory for Harrisonburg; a gut punch for Winchester. Turks are now 9-5; Winchester falls to 7-9.
- Front Royal 5, Covington 4 (Game 2): Tied at four in the bottom of the seventh. Front Royal’s Connor Frost manufactured a run almost on his own; he walked, stole second, and then stole third as well. After a pop out and walk, Connor’s brother Riley brought Connor home with a sacrifice fly. With the split, the Cardinals are 6-8; Covington is 5-8.
- Charlottesville 2, Purcellville 1 (Game 2): All three runs scored in the first inning; Mikey Brinton scored on a Ryne Guida single in the top half, and the Tom Sox answered with two in the bottom half on sacrifice flies. Emmett Bice outdueled Jarvis Evans, and Tyler McLoughlin struck out the side in the ninth to collect the save. Charlottesville is 8-5; Purcellville falls to 5-10.
- Strasburg 10, Staunton 2 (Game 2): The defending champs got a gutty performance on the mound from Lucas Hartman, who went five shutout innings, allowing only two hits and two walks, while striking out seven. The offense did the rest, pounding out ten hits and walking seven times. Strasburg is now 11-5, while Staunton is the inverse, 5-11.
Final tally: four sweeps, one split.
Hitter(s) of the Day
We’re naming two, which is only fair, considering we had twice the number of games, right?
- Justin Acal, Purcellville: 4-5, two RBIs, double, stolen base. From Frederick CC, Acal is now a cool 7-17, with a double, home runs, and six RBIs in five games. He has a track record of excellent hitting- he has hit .387/.494/.664 in 318 total at-bats in college in the last three seasons… along with 29 doubles, four triples, 17 home runs, a 61/45 BB/K ratio, and 23 stolen bases.
- And welcome to Matthew Prevesk, appearing in his second game of he summer for Charlottesville, who went 3-4, with a run, RBI, walk, and two doubles. The sophomore from Florida is now 4-9. He played in 13 games as a true freshman for the Gators in 2022.
Not a bad start for these two guys, eh?
Others of Note
- Victor Castillo, Waynesboro: 2-3, run, two stolen bases (Gm 1)
- Gavin Baird, Covington: 2-4, run (Gm 1)
- John Schroeder, Covington: 2-4, double (Gm 1)
- Jonah Cox, Strasburg: 2-5, RBI, double, stolen base (Gm 1)
- Armando Albert, Strasburg: 0-2, RBI, three walks, stolen base (Gm 1)
- Brayton Brown, Strasburg: 1-2, two walks (Gm 1)
- Ty Hooks, Strasburg: 1-2, three runs, walk, double, HBP (Gm 1)
- Garrett McMillan, Strasburg: 2-4, two RBIs (Gm 1)
- Joe Delossantos, Staunton: 1-2, two walks, stolen base (Gm 1)
- Andrew Bennett, Staunton: 2-3, stolen base (Gm 1)
- Will Long, Winchester: 2-3 (Gm 1)
- John Maldonado, Winchester: 2-3 (Gm 1)
- Michael Rosario, Harrisonburg: 1-1, home run, walk (Gm 1)
- Dylan Strickland, Purcellville: 2-4, two runs, two RBIs, walk, double (Gm 1)
- Gavin Abrams, Charlottesville: 2-5, two runs, two RBIs, double, stolen base (Gm 1)
- Satchell Norman, Charlottesville: 1-2, four runs, three walks, double (Gm 1)
- Cole Wagner, Charlottesville: 2-4, three RBIs, walk (Gm 1)
- Kyle Edwards, Charlottesville: 2-4, two runs, HBP (Gm 1)
- Hunter Teplanszky, Charlottesville: 1-3, three runs, walk, stolen base (Gm 1)
- Matt Ruiz, Waynesboro: 2-3, run, double, two stolen bases (Gm 2)
- Matt Cedarburg, Waynesboro: 2-2, two RBIs, walk, stolen base (Gm 2)
- Ben Nippolt, Covington: 2-3, run, RBI (Gm 2)
- Jack Hay, Front Royal: 2-3, two RBIs, double (Gm 2)
- Mikey Brinton, Purcellville: 2-2, run, walk, double (Gm 2)
- Jorge De Goti, Strasburg: 3-5, three RBIs (Gm 2)
- Henry Koehler, Strasburg: 2-4, two runs, double, stolen base (Gm 2)
- Zachary Mallia, Strasburg: 0-1, two runs, three walks (Gm 2)
- Gehrig Ebel, Strasburg: 2-2, two runs, RBI, double, two walks (Gm 2)
Pitcher(s) of the Day
The top two starts belong to:
- Winchester’s Jarrett Maresco, from St. Johns River State College, who fired six shutout innings while allowing only one hit, one walk, and striking out four against Harrisonburg (Game Score: 73). After two starts this summer, Maresco has not allowed an earned run in 12 innings! IN college this spring, he went 5-3, 4.35 in 62 innings, along with 53 strikeouts.
- Strasburg’s Lucas Hartman, from Western Carolina, threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits, two walks, and striking out seven against Staunton. He earned the win and a game score of 68, the second best on the day. He’s now 1-0, 0.96 in 9 1/3 innings pitched, along with only six baserunners and 12 strikeouts. Hartman went 1-2, 14.09 this spring, with 30 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched.
Others of Note
- Brian Valigosky, New Market: 3 2/3 shutout innings, one hit, no walks, three K’s (Gm 1)
- Kelsey Ward, Waynesboro: Five innings, three hits, one run, two walks, two K’s, win (Game score of 57) (Gm 1)
- Carson Hobbs, Waynesboro: Two innings, one hit, no runs, no walks, two K’s (Gm 1)
- Grant Adams, Front Royal: Three perfect innings, five K’s (Gm 1) (GS: 64)
- Layton DeLoach, Strasburg: Two innings, one hit, no runs, no walks, no K’s, win (Gm 1)
- Danny Thompson, Winchester: Five innings, two hits, two runs, one earned, four walks, two K’s, loss (GS: 55) (Gm 1)
- Mitch Farris, Harrisonburg: Four shutout innings, three hits, one walk, five K’s, win (GS: 60) (Gm 1)
- Sean Culkin, Harrisonburg: Three shutout innings, two hits, one walk, two K’s, save (Gm 1)
- Josh Fortenberry, Waynesboro: Two clean innings, two K’s, win (Gm 2)
- Logan McClure, Harrisonburg: Five shutout innings, three hits, one walk, two K’s (GS: 62)
- Jarvis Evans, Purcellville: Five innings, two hits, two unearned runs, four walks, seven K’s, loss (GS: 62)
- Emmett Bice, Charlottesville: Five innings, three hits, one run, three walks, four K’s, win (GS: 58)
- Lucas Hartman, Strasburg: Five shutout innings, two hits, two walks, seven K’s, win (GS: 68)
- Waynesboro (Batcher) at Harrisonburg (Williams), 7:30 PM (I’ll be there- say hello!)