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.”

Pifer’s Podcast with Coach Stock Ramirez & Jose

Charlottesville Tom Sox Fall to Covington Lumberjacks 07-17-16

Article Credit : NBC 29


” Covington, VA – The Covington Lumberjacks scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth for a walk-off 9-8 win over the Charlottesville Tom Sox Sunday night at Casey Field.

The Lumberjacks (18-15) trailed 8-6 facing their final three outs in the ninth inning when things went downhill for Charlottesville (11-23). Brandon Vicens doubled to center-field to bring home two runs and tie the game at eight. Two batters later with the bases loaded, Bruce Martin sent a fly ball to deep center-field, giving Vicens plenty of time to tag up and score the winning run.

After two scoreless innings to start the night, Charlottesville’s bats came alive in the third inning when they exploded for five runs on six hits. Justin Novak, Bruce Steel, Dupree Hart, and Brian Fortier all record RBI-hits in the inning.

However, it would not take long for Covington to return the favor. The Lumberjacks got to Charlottesville’s starter Jack Alkire and put up four runs in the bottom of the third inning, forcing an early call to the bullpen for Tom Sox manager Travis Thomas. The Tom Sox bullpen was strong in over six innings of work, but the three-run ninth inning proved the be the deciding factor in the game.

Dupree Hart extended his hit-streak to 16 games with a single in the third inning. The longest hit-streak in the Valley League this year was 17 games by Ray Hernandez of Purcellville. Hart will have an opportunity to tie that in his next game.

Charlottesville will be off the next two days before returning to C-Ville Weekly Ballpark Wednesday night for a 7:00pm match up with the Purcellville Cannons. ”

2016 Season Preview

447786_largeSix of Covington’s final eight games of 2015 were decided by one run in an entertaining season that saw the Lumberjacks edge Charlottesville 6-5 in a play-in game before taking division champ Staunton the distance in the playoffs.

2015 Record: 18-24 (4th in South Division, won playoff tiebreaker over Charlottesville)
2015 Playoffs: Lost quarterfinals in three games to Staunton

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

Returning Players: The Lumberjacks will have a familiarity in the infield with several starters returning, along with catcher/infielder Lee Lipinski (Rider University). Second baseman/shortstop Jose Carrera was a 2015 VBL All-Star and is hitting .306 for Manhattan this spring. Another returning Valley League All-Star is Lynn University’s Jonathan Corbitt, a collegiate catcher who also saw time at first base for the Lumberjacks. Shortstop Brian Gonzales of Florida Memorial is also back; he hit .269 last summer for Covington.

Key Players/Outlook: Joining Covington’s veterans as key cogs in the lineup this summer will be Miguel Reyes and Javoni Thomas from Lindsay Wilson College. Reyes is batting .316 with 7 HRs and 32 RBIs.

The Lumberjacks are loaded at catcher as Fabian Pena joins the mix as well. Pena has started all 51 games as a freshman for Manhattan while hitting .344 with 7 HRs and 47 RBIs.

The pitching staff features Andrew Stout, who is 8-1 with 70 strikeouts in 13 starts for Southeastern Community College. Jason Polgano is 7-2 with a 2.70 ERA for Felician University and has also hit .343 with 6 HRs and 34 RBIs this college season.

Ballpark: The Lumberjacks play at Covington’s city stadium- Casey Field- which has held both baseball and football contests since 1962. In the past, the park has hosted minor league affiliates of both the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros.

Head Coach: After two seasons as an assistant in Covington, Stock Ramirez takes over head duties in 2016. He is currently training to become a pro scout.

Coach’s Comments: “This season we are looking to get off to a better start and make sure the players work towards getting better every day.”

Thanks to the Valley Baseball League vbl

Proud To Announce Our New Head Coach!

Announcing for the 2016 Season our New Head Coach,
Stock Ramirez

Instructor for Hitting and mental approach.

Coach Ramirez has 20 years experience developing players. He has had many players go onto college and professional baseball. Coach Ramirez has coached at the college level in south Florida and has coached at the Beach collegiate summer league and the Valley collegiate summer league.  Starting this year he is also attending classes to be a Professional Baseball Scout!!

Joining as our Lumberjacks Assistant Coach is Reed Alfieri.
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Reed Alfieri, Assistant Coach for The Covington Lumberjacks.

Reed graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School in 2005. His team, under the guidance of Coach Terry Portice, won back to back district titles, and made back to back regional appearances.

After high school, Coach Alfieri signed with Broward Community College to continue is baseball career. After the 2005 season, he transferred to Garrett College where he played for two years under Coach Eric Hallenbeck, and Coach John Helmick. Reed holds Garrett College’s appearance record, and compiled great statistics, with a 2 year ERA of 3.02 on the mound. Coach Alfieri helped his team match one of the school’s best records, and was named to the 2007 JUCO All- Star Team.
After Garrett College, Reed signed with Webber International University in Babson Park, Florida. After only spending one year at Webber, Reed left his junior season and signed a professional contract with the Big Bend Cowboys. The Cowboys played in the Continental League where he helped his team win the league championship in 2010. Coach Alfieri ended the season as a Continental League All- Star, and led the league in ERA with a 1.90 in 30 innings of work. In 2011, he signed with the Alpine Cowboys of the Pecos league, and was named to the All- Star team. In his last season of professional baseball he signed with the Roswell Invaders, in New Mexico, where he yet again helped his team to reach the playoffs.
For the past two years, he has been the Assistant Coach/ Pitching Coach for the 14U Box Elite Program in Florida, as well as the Pitching coach for the 10U Fort Lauderdale Lightening Program. This past summer, Coach Alfieri was the Assistant Coach/ Pitching Coach for the O.A.GW.U.W (Only A game When U Watch) 18U select team, under Head Coach Trevor Chang-Leung.
“I’ve always wanted to coach, and give back the knowledge that I’ve learned over my career. What better place to start, than at Garrett College, where I had a great experience on and off the baseball diamond, under my old Head Coach, Eric Hallenbeck” said Coach Alfieri.
Always remember, as a pitcher, there is a reason why you are position #1 in the scorebook. You are the most important player on the field. If you don’t throw the ball, NO ONE PLAYS!