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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Lumberjacks @ Express Photos 07-19-2016

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

Article Credit : NBC 29

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” 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