Extra, Extra Read all about it! Generals win again in extra innings!
Written by: GeneralsSignGuyMike (Michael Kerr)
I am going to give u as accurate report as I can get from not being at the Waynesboro Generals vs Staunton Braves game from John Moxie Stadium.
The Generals pulled off another extra inning victory in the 10th inning winning 8-5 vs Staunton. They are 4-0 in extra innings this year, was 2-0 last year both in extra innings and that I know of have lost an extra inning game possibly since 2005 since I have kept records of the Generals.
Adam Liberatore got a no decision tonight he was 5-0 coming into tonight and had the lowest E.R.A in the league. The E.R.A will go up a little due to him giving up 4 runs I think, (maybe 3). The Staunton Braves scored in the 1st, then the Generals tied it at 1 in the 3rd. Then in the 5th Staunton put 3 more on the board to take a 4-1 lead. The Generals finally started to get more hits and scoring runs on a great start from the Braves starting pitcher Adam Hoyt. Waynesboro then scored another run to take the lead in the 8th at 5-4. Daniel Wiltz came in to save the game in the 9th but blown the save when the Braves scored to tie the game. Staunton did have bases loaded but Wiltz struck out the final batter to take it to extra innings.
The Generals love the extra innings after winning yesterday vs Vienna. With I think 2 outs in the top of the 10th with bases loaded Brandon Sizemore came in to pitch hit and he made great contact on a ball that went deep which i thought was a grand slam when I was on the phone with Generals Superfan Chuck Harris the way the fans were going wild, but Sizemore had a 3 run double and I did hear that was a great celebration after that hit which I wish I was there for. The Generals shut down the Braves in the bottom of the 10th to win the game. Every single Generals fan can tell you that Brandon Sizemore is like a superhero to us and if u have been there for home games verus us or have seen the Generals on the road then each fan on the opposite can probably tell. Even with 2 bad heels he is giving over 100% and each General fan thanks him for that.
The Generals (24-10) have also clinched a playoff berth due to Winchester defeating Harrisonburg tonight. The Winchester Royals (19-15) will be coming to town to face the red-hot Generals who have won 3 in a row. Staunton (19-16) will be at Luray (23-10) Thursday and the Wranglers are looking at becoming the 2nd team to clinch a playoff berth here within days.
From what I see I know 6 teams will be a shoe-in for the playoffs as of now (Waynesboro, Luray, Fauquier, Covington, Winchester, Staunton). There is a dog-fight with the last 2 playoff spots with Haymarket and Woodstock hold the spot now both will still 14 wins each but Harrisonburg has 13 wins and New Market and Front Royal have 11 wins each. With 12 days to go its anybody's guess what's going to happen.
The Battle of the Virginia Summer Baseball Leagues Round 1
Written by: GeneralsSignGuyMike (Michael Kerr)
The Battle of the Virginia summer leagues top teams was worth the price of admission and then some. In the first game it was the Vienna Senators (28-5) facing the Waynesboro Generals (23-10). The Waynesboro Generals won in exciting fashion in the 10th inning when Derek Hamblen who came in to substitute for Ryan Danbury in RF had the game winning RBI when Austin Morgan who lead off the inning got on reaching on a error. Greg Meleski sacrified pinch runner Michael Parker to 2nd, then Chris Enourato struck out right before Hamblen got the winning run.
Both teams starting pitchers did a great job. Daniel Bradsaw from the Waynesboro Generals went 7 innings, giving up 0 runs, 5 hits, 4 K's and no walks. While the Senators starter Ryan Wooley went 5 innings, giving up 0 runs, 4 hits, striking out 5 and no walks. The next set of pitchers for both teams followed from what the starters done with the Generals pitcher Brad Grove going 2 innings, with 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 K, and no walks. Senators next reliever who got the loss Eric Cantrell went 4 1/3 innings, giving up 1 run, 0 hits, 5 K's and 1 walk, Jimmy Duggan came in and gave up the game winning hit and he did strike out one batter.
Jake Cowan got the win after pitching the 10th inning. He did give up 1 hit and struck out 1. Austin Morgan was the big hitter for the day going 3-4 with 2 hits (both singles) and reaching on a error. Gabriel Saade and Grant Buckner both had 1 hit each for the Generals.
An amazing game it was between Waynesboro and Vienna and would love to see the Valley League do this every year. The Generals will get back to regular season play on Wednesday when they face a red hot Staunton Braves (19-15). Waynesboro has a 4 game lead on Covington (19-14) and a 4 1/2 game lead on the Braves going into tommorrow.