Winchester Royals: Game Recaps
Final game 3 for Northern Division Championship Royals 5 Express 7
The Royals lost to the Strasburg Express 7-5 as the Express scored 4 runs in the last of the 9th. Jake Perry's 3 run homer gave Strasburg the Northern Division Championship. It was Perry's 2nd homer of the night. The Royals lead all the way until a 30 minute lightning delay and then things fell apart. Hunter Fillingim gave up the 5 runs. Jarad Drayton pitched well for 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 8. Lorenzo Hampton paced the Royals at the plate with 3 runs scored, 3 hits (including a home run) and 3 rbis. Hampton finished the playoffs with a .476 average. The Express move on to play the Charlottesville Tom Sox in a 3 game set starting Saturday for the Valley League Championship.
Thursday, August 3
2nd round playoff game Royals 3 Strasburg 4 (10 innings)
The Strasburg Express survived in extra innings, extending their North finals series with Winchester to a deciding third game with a 4-3, 10-inning victory. Tanner Buis (2-for-5, RBI, two runs) was the hero, going deep on the very first pitch thrown by reliever Hunter Fillingim, to give Strasburg the lead in the 10th. Buis was involved in three of the four Express scoring plays. He came home on Sean Scales’ single in the fifth, and then reached on an error in the eighth that allowed Sebastiano Santorelli to score to tie the contest. Santorelli had tied the game earlier at 2-2 with an RBI single that plated LT Struble. Winchester struck first in the bottom of the second, as Alejandro Rivero’s triple scored Matt Allen. An inning later, Kenneth Gilmore knocked in Dillon Reed. The Royals re-took the lead at 3-2 in the seventh, as Dillon Reed singled and Nick Goode came around. Goode had stolen second base to get into scoring position. Winchester had a prime opportunity to win it in the bottom of the ninth, moving Rivero to third with one man out and eventually getting two runners in scoring position. Cody Wilson popped up to end the inning. Strasburg will now host Winchester tomorrow night at 7 p.m. for a spot in the finals, which will begin on Saturday night in Charlottesville. The game was delayed 1:45 due to lighting and rain.
Wednesday, August 2
2nd round playoff game 1. Royals 16 Express 6
The Royals opened the 2nd round of the Northern Division with a 16-6 pounding of the Strasburg Express. The Royals rapped out 18 hits including 3 home runs and a grand slam by Dillon Reed in the 5th as the Royals scored 13 runs to give them a 14-0 lead to basically put the game away. Nick Goode had a homer in th 2nd. Allen added a 2 run homer in the 5th. Kyle Fulton started for the Royals and pitched 4 innings of scoreless ball. Robert Bamford pitched 2.1 innings to get the win. The Royals will host the Express Thursday in the 2nd game of the 3 game set. The winner of the 3 game set will take on the Charlottesville Tom Sox.
Tuesday, August 1
3rd playoff game Royals 9 Canons 4
The Royals put it all together as they defeated the Cannons Tuesday night at Firemans Field 9-4. Trent Rider pitched a strong 6.2 innings, giving up just 1 run and 8 hits while striking out 6. The Royals were led at the plate by Dilllon Reed's 3 hits and 3 runs scored. Kohl Gilmore had 2 hits including a 2-run homer in the 8th. The Royals will now move on to the 2nd round of the Northern Division as they travel to Strasburg on Wednesday.
Monday, July 31
Second playoff game. Royals 9 Cannons 3
The Royals stayed alive for another day as they defeated the Purcellville Cannons Monday night at Bridgeforth Field 9-3. Daniel Collins kept the Cannons in check for 7.2 innings while giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and striking out 10. Hunter Fillingim finished to earn the save. The game was close throughout then the Royals broke open the game as they scored 5 runs mainly on Cody Wilson's 2 run triple. Gilmore, Hampton, Reynalds, and Gonzalez each had 2 hits. Each Royal in the lineup scored a run. The Royals travel to Purcellville Tuesday for the final game of the series.