Season Preview 2017

It will be a new era for the Covington Lumberjacks as they move on without three-time All-VBL second baseman Jose Carrera, along with several others who spent multiple seasons as Jacks teammates including Brian Gonzalez and Lee Lipinski.

2016 Record: 22-20 (3rd in South Division)
2016 Playoffs: Defeated Harrisonburg in two games in quarterfinals; lost to Waynesboro in two games in semifinals

VBL Championships: 2 (2005, 2011)
Pennants: 3 (2001 (South), 2002 (South), 2005 (South))

Last Season: Covington was locked into the South’s third seed pretty early on, finishing five games back of Harrisonburg but eight games ahead of fourth place Staunton. The Lumberjacks swept Harrisonburg with a pair of two-run victories in the playoffs, before falling to Waynesboro in the South finals.

Returning Players: The Jacks do return several key players from last season, including outfielder Brandon Vicens (.289, 4 HRs, 22 RBIs), pitcher Orlando Cannon (1-1, 21 K’s) and Orley Arellano, who hit .252 in the outfield while also throwing two shutout innings of relief. They will be joined by 2015 outfielder Ryan Alvarez.

Key Players/Outlook: Francisco Fernandez (Hillsborough CC) and Dustin Allen (Blue Mountain College) join Cannon to lead the 2017 pitching staff. Oakland’s Nate Schweers is 3-2 with a 4.47 ERA and 37 K’s this spring.

Jackson Strange, the son of former Major Leaguer Doug Strange, comes to the Lumberjacks after homering three times and knocking in 23 runs for Anderson University. Ty Painter is batting .275 and has also homered three times, for Shippensburg he will be joined in the infield by college teammate Tommy Baggett.

Head Coach: Stock Ramirez returns for a second season in charge at Covington after leading them to a 22-20 mark and a spot in the South finals. He has also previously served as an assistant coach in the Valley.

Coach’s Comments: “We expect to be better this year, we have stronger pitching and more depth. I’m looking forward to the season.”

Playoffs Round 2 – Jacks VS Generals

Round 1 Playoffs Jacks Vs Turks HOME

It’s our first home game of the play-offs! We will be playing the Harrisonburg Turks at home on Saturday!

We WILL be charging admission per VBL rules ($5 adult, $3 children 12 and under, VBL passes will be accepted). Come on out and support your Covington Lumberjacks on their way to the finals!

Jose Carrera Hitter of the Day 07-23-16

With a Double Header 5-3 win over over the Staunton Braves on Saturday July 23.
Jose Carrera was announced Valley Baseball League’s “Hitter of the Day”

Hitter of the Day

Our HOD is Covington’s Jose Carrera, from Manhattan! Jose went 2-3 in game one of the doubleheader, with 2 runs scored, 2 RBIs, a double, and a Home Run. In this, his third year in the league, Jose is hitting 267/343/460 in 150 at-bats, along with 10 doubles, 5 triples, 3 home runs, and 27 stolen bases.

We also had two other Lumberjacks mentioned under “Others of Note”

Jacob Ramos, Covington: 5.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K’s (66)
Bruce Martin, Covington: 3-3, run, 2 RBIs, 3B, SB

Read the full article below…
Credit: to Valley League Baseball for their Article.

new_VBL_logoEVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED, SATURDAY JULY 23

Six games were played last night. I’m planning to work on one more post today- a look at the playoff chase.

Results

Covington 5, Staunton 3 (7 innings, game 1)
Purcellville 4, New Market 1
Waynesboro 5, Harrisonburg 0
Strasburg 7, Woodstock 1
Front Royal 8, Winchester 3
Covington 5, Staunton 3 (7 innings, game 2. Look familiar?)

Hitter of the Day

Our HOD is Covington’s Jose Carrera, from Manhattan! Jose went 2-3 in game one of the doubleheader, with 2 runs scored, 2 RBIs, a double, and a home run. In this, his third year in the league, Jose is hitting 267/343/460 in 150 at-bats, along with 10 doubles, 5 triples, 3 home runs, and 27 stolen bases.

Others of Note

Tyler Ratliff, Purcellville: 3-4, run, 2 RBIs, SB
Sam Palensky, Waynesboro: 2-3, 2 RBIs, BB, 2B, HBP
Tommy Richter, Strasburg: 3-4, 2 runs, 2B
Kevin Williams Jr, Front Royal: 3-5, 2 runs
Joey Mundy, Front Royal: 2-3, run, RBI, SB, BB
Bruce Martin, Covington: 3-3, run, 2 RBIs, 3B, SB

Pitcher of the Day

Our POD is Garrett Richards, for Strasburg, from Danville Community College! Garrett threw 8 innings and allowed only 2 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and struck out 4. He earned a game score of 76. His summer stats so far: 1-0, 3.75 in 12 innings. (This was his first start!)

Others of Note

Pat Doudican, Purcellville: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K’s (65)
Campbell Scholl, Waynesboro: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 0 K’s (72)
Jacob Ramos, Covington: 5.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K’s (66)
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Jacks VS Staunton Braves Double Header HOME

Jose Carrera receives the Key to the City of Covington

Pifer’s Podcast with Coach Stock Ramirez & Jose

Team Photos!!

Check out our 2016 Lumberjacks!
Photos by Kristen Garten Photography
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Lumberjacks Baseball Camp 2016 – Pictures!

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