**This originally appeared on All Things Valley League**

By John Leonard

Back to clear, crisp evenings in the Shenandoah Valley, with all games played!


  • Charlottesville 4, Waynesboro 3- C-ville ups its lead in the South to 3.5 games
  • Strasburg 5, Purcellville 3- Express pull to within a half game of Woodstock in the North
  • Harrisonburg 6, Covington 3- Turks sneaking up on 2nd place Waynesboro in the South
  • Front Royal 8, Woodstock 6- Cardinals just 1.5 games out of 4th place in the North
  • New Market 6, Winchester 3- New Market is now alone in 3rd place in the North

Hitter of the Day

It’s no secret that ATVL loves home runs, and games with multiple home runs definitely gives an advantage in this “contest.” So it should be no surprise that our HOD is Strasburg’s Brayton Brown, from Auburn, who went 2-4 with two home runs last night. He’s now hitting .337/.420/.628 in 86 at-bats, with 20 runs scored, four doubles, seven home runs, and 23 RBIs. This is his third HOD, having previously been selected on June 15 and June 24.

Others of Note

-Chad Fairey, Strasburg: 3-4, three RBIs, double, stolen base
-Carlos Marte, Harrisonburg: 2-4, two runs, walk
-Clay Lockett, Harrisonburg: 3-5, two runs, RBI, double
-Conor Hartigan, Harrisonburg: 3-4, run, double
-Jacoby Long, Woodstock: 3-5, two runs, two RBIs, home run
-Chris Sparber, Woodstock: 3-4, walk
-Samuel Tackett, Front Royal: 2-4, walk
-Ben Brantley, Front Royal: 1-3, two runs, RBI, two walks, home run
-Nate Furman, Winchester: 0-2, three walks, two stolen bases
-Jason Luke, New Market: 1-2, run, RBI, two walks, stolen base

Pitcher of the Day

For the first time this season, we have a tie:

  • The first POD is Harrisonburg’s Andres Rodriguez, who earned a game score of 65, throwing six innings against Covington while allowing three hits, two runs, two walks, and striking out nine. He also earned the win. From Florida Tech, the senior is now 2-1, 2.36, with 27 strikeouts in 19 innings this summer. He was also POD on June 18.
  • The second POD is Strasburg’s Braden Ostrander, from Florida Atlantic, who threw five innings in relief, allowing one hit, one run, three walks, and striking out seven to earn the win. Even though he didn’t start, his numbers also come out to a game score of 65. Ostrander is now 1-1, 6.45, with 21 K’s in 15 1/3 innings pitched.

Others of Note

-Elijah McCormack, Waynesboro: Two innings, two hits, no runs, no walks, three K’s
-Chase Centala, Charlottesville: Five innings, six hits, two runs, one earned, one walk, three K’s, win (Game score: 51)
-Angelo Cabral, Charlottesville: Two innings, one hit, no runs, one walks, two K’s
-Jeremy Sisco, Strasburg: Four innings, two hits, two runs, two walks, four K’s (GS: 52)
-Avery Heiple, Covington: Two innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, two K’s
-Anthony Arguelles, Woodstock: Five innings, three hits, two runs, one earned, three walks, seven K’s (GS: 59)
-Michael Darrell-Hicks, Winchester: Four innings, two hits, one run, three walks, six K’s, loss (GS: 57)
-Reed Mascolo, New Market: 5 1/3 innings, one hit, one run, five walks, four K’s, win (GS: 61)

Tonight’s Games

-Charlottesville at Purcellville, DH 4 and 7 PM
-Harrisonburg at Winchester, DH 5 and 7:30 PM
-Staunton at Strasburg, DH 5:30 and 8 PM
-Woodstock at Covington, DH 5:30 and 8 PM
-Waynesboro at New Market, DH 6 and 8:30 PM