2016 VBL Playoff Quarterfinals Set

The Turks finish the regular season with a 27-15 record putting them in second place in the South Division.

The Valley Baseball League has released the following article of the pairings for the playoffs:

With the regular season concluding on Tuesday evening, the brackets are set for the 2016 Valley Baseball League playoffs. Defending league champion Strasburg clinched its first North Division pennant with several days to spare, while Waynesboro officially locked up the South pennant at the end of the weekend.

All series will be best-of-three games and will begin on Thursday, July 28. Semifinal and championship rounds will begin as soon as the previous series are completed, without off days in between.

NORTH DIVISION QUARTERFINALS

Strasburg Express (30-12) vs. Purcellville Cannons (19-23)
Game 1: Purcellville at Strasburg, Thurs. July 28, 7:00 PM
Game 2: Strasburg at Purcellville, Fri. July 29, 7:00 PM
Game 3: Purcellville at Strasburg, Sat. July 30, 7:00 PM (if necessary)

The Express followed up their first-ever VBL championship by cruising to the franchise’s first pennant this season. Strasburg boasts a potent lineup led by Brandon Quaranta (.375, 6 HRs, 24 RBIs), Carter Pharis (.342, 5 HRs, 30 RBIs) and numerous other offensive threats. Purcellville is suddenly the hottest team in the league, winning five straight this week to overtake New Market and clinch the North’s final playoff spot.

Winchester Royals (23-19) vs. Front Royal Cardinals (21-21)
Game 1: Front Royal at Winchester, Thurs. July 28, 7:00 PM
Game 2: Winchester at Front Royal, Fri. July 29, 7:00 PM
Game 3: Front Royal at Winchester, Sat. July 30, 7:00 PM (if necessary)

The Royals earned the second seed in the North behind third baseman Devin Gearhart (.336, 25 RBIs), and catcher Spencer Levine (.293, 5 HRs, 20 RBIs)- who has kept things rolling for the Royals behind the plate after early-season batting leader Gabriel Garcia was drafted and All-Star Matt Allen picked up a season-ending injury. Front Royal is dangerous in a playoff setting as the Cardinals have had the league’s most consistent pitching staff; despite losing All-Star starter Erne Valdes, Front Royal will still trot out a rotation that includes Stephen Xirinachs (5-2, 2.73 ERA) and Blake Whitney (3-2, 3.88 ERA).

SORTH DIVISION QUARTERFINALS

Waynesboro Generals (30-12) vs. Staunton Braves (15-27)
Game 1: Staunton at Waynesboro, Thurs. July 28, 7:00 PM
Game 2: Waynesboro at Staunton, Fri. July 29, 7:30 PM
Game 3: Staunton at Waynesboro, Sat. July 30, 7:00 PM (if necessary)

This is a rematch of last year’s South finals (won by Staunton in a Game 3 walkoff), which was also the only year out of the past six that the Generals failed to leave with some type of hardware (either regular season pennant or league championship). Waynesboro is led by slugger Zach Sterry, who leads the league in home runs (13) and RBIs (41).

Harrisonburg Turks (27-15) vs. Covington Lumberjacks (22-20)
Game 1: Covington at Harrisonburg, Thurs. July 28, 7:30 PM
Game 2: Harrisonburg at Covington, Fri. July 29, 7:00 PM
Game 3: Covington at Harrisonburg, Sat. July 30, 7:30 PM (if necessary)

Harrisonburg boasted the South’s top record and a league-best eight All-Star selections at the break, but has been forced to hang on late in the year after several key injuries and departures. Covington kept it together after a number of early-season weather cancellations and flood damage to their home field, and has been bolstered by additions such as Riley Mihalak- who is hitting .429 since joining in early July.

Ryne Sigmon: 2016 Week 7 POTW

2016 Ryne SigWeek 7 Player of the Week is Ryne Sigmon. He played in all but one game this past week, and hit .333. He went 6-for-18 with a double, three RBI’s, three walks, and a .429 on base percentage.

This was Sigmon’s best week of the summer, significantly improving his season totals. He got the start in centerfield all week and stepped up to the challenge defensively. Against Front Royal on Wednesday night, he was hitting in the two spot which he hadn’t done since very early in the season, and it seemed to spark an offensive turnaround for him.

His best game of the week came against Covington when he went 3-4 and had a hit from both sides of the plate, driving in a run in the 7-3 victory. Congratulations Ryne!

VBL All Star Photos on League Website

Turks players, families, and fans … be sure to check out photos from the 2016 Valley Baseball League All Star Game on the league website
http://www.valleyleaguebaseball.com/view/valleyleaguebaseball  Photos were taken by league photographer Haymarket Joe.

2016-Turks-All-Stars-150x150The Turks once again congratulate our all stars; South MVP SS Tripp Shelton (UNCG), Home Run Derby Champion 1B Greg Popatak (George Mason), OF Jonathan Pryor (Wake Forest), 3B Trevor Craport (Georgia Tech), RHP Corey Childress (Troy), Catcher Mason George (UTSA), OF Jason Serchay (UTSA) and  RHP Donnie Sellers (Wake Forest) was injured and didn’t get to pitch.

Childress Shines in Turks’ 7-3 Victory

Written by Daniel Ware
Turks Staff Writer

HARRISONBURG, Va.—Behind quality pitching for the second night in a row, the Harrisonburg Turks defeated the Covington Lumberjacks 7-3 at Veterans Memorial Park on Thursday night.

2016 Corey ChildressCorey Childress (Troy) got the start on the mound for the Turks tonight and was effective from the jump. The right-hander scattered seven hits across seven innings of work and struck out six with no walks. The lone run he allowed came in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly.

Childress (6-2) has been the Turks’ ace all season—2.87 ERA, 52 strikeouts, 10 walks in eight starts—and tonight was the fifth time he has gone at least seven innings. In three starts against the Lumberjacks, Childress has a 1.23 ERA with 19 strikeouts and just one walk. Continue reading “Childress Shines in Turks’ 7-3 Victory”

Turks Make Up 7/16 Game in DH @ Charlottesville

The Turks home game from Saturday, July 16th that was rained out will have to be made up at Charlottesville on Monday, July 26 in a doubleheader. Due to no more make up dates available and the TomSox having to play a doubleheader on Sunday when the Turks are off, the Turks have agreed to make up their home game at Charlottesville to get the game in and not to extend the season.

The first game will start at 6:00 with game two starting at 8:30.

We regret the inconvenience for our fans and hope that you can make the trip across the mountain to Charlottesville High School to support your Turks.