** This article first appeared on All Things Valley League**

By John Leonard

Four games were on the schedule last night:


-Staunton 6, Covington 2- This win puts Staunton up 5.5 games over Covington for the last playoff spot in the South
-Front Royal 11, Purcellville 4- This one ended a half inning early when a bank of lights went out at Fireman’s Field
-Charlottesville 7, Harrisonburg 6- Elijah Nunez singled home Pierce Bennett with one out in the bottom of the ninth to win this one- the 7th straight win for Charlottesville
-Winchester 14, Woodstock 6- Can anyone stop the Royal offense?

Hitter of the Day

Our hitter of the day is once again Winchester’s Austin Bulman! Bulman, a first baseman from Rice, went 4-5, with two runs scored, a walk, double, and three RBIs. He’s now rocking a .398/.435/.643 slashline after 98 at-bats, with nine doubles, five home runs, and 31 RBIs. And this is his third HOD award!

Others of Note

-Ryan McCarty, Staunton: 3-5, two runs, two RBIs, double, home run, stolen base
-Joseph Holiga, Staunton: 2-4, two runs, walk
-Luke Lindamood, Staunton: 1-2, two walks
-Cole Ketzner, Covington: 2-4, RBI, walk
-Samuel Tackett, Front Royal: 2-4, two runs, RBI, two walks, double, home run, stolen base
-Jack Krause, Front Royal: 2-3, two runs, walk, HBP, stolen base
-Adarius Myers, Front Royal: 2-3, run, RBI, walk, HBP
-Kasey Caras, Front Royal: 2-4, two runs, three RBIs, double, triple, stolen base
-Mikey Brinton, Purcellville: 2-4, run, walk
-Nate Furman, Winchester: 2-3, four runs, two RBIs, three walks, double, stolen base
-Will Long, Winchester: 3-5, run, five RBIs, home run
-Aidan Nagle, Woodstock: 2-4, two runs, four RBIs, home run
-Michael Rosario, Harrisonburg: 2-3, run, three RBIs, two HBP, home run
-Logan McNeely, Harrisonburg: 1-3, run, two walks, stolen base
-Carlos Marte, Harrisonburg: 1-3, run, RBI, two walks, stolen base
-Gehrig Ebel, Charlottesville: 1-3, run, two walks
-Adam Cecere, Charlottesville: 2-3, run, three RBIs, home run

Pitcher of the Day

The pitcher with the most impressive line last night is Front Royal’s Chad Cwik, from Mercyhurst, who shut down Purcellville over four shutout innings, allowing only two hits, two walks, and striking out six to earn the win. Cwik is now 1-2, 9.94 on the summer, with 17 K’s in 12 2/3 innings pitched.

Others of Note

-Jalon Long, Staunton: Three innings, four hits, no runs, no walks, four K’s
-Jack Masloff, Staunton: Two innings, two hits, no runs, no walks, no K’s, win
-Daniel Frake, Staunton: Two innings, two hits, no runs, two walks, four K’s, save
-Victor Loa, Covington: Six innings, five hits, two runs, three walks, nine K’s (GS: 60)
-Nicholas Trabacchi, Winchester: Five innings, four hits, two runs, four walks, 12 K’s (GS: 59)
-John Ackerman, Winchester: Two innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, two K’s
-Stephen Restuccio, Charlottesville: Four innings, three hits, one run, two walks, four K’s

Tonight’s Games

-Strasburg at Front Royal 7 PM
-Winchester at Purcellville 7 PM
-Waynesboro at Covington 7 PM
-Staunton at Harrisonburg 7:30 PM
-Woodstock at New Market 7:30 PM