Valley League Baseball

    Charlottesville Wins Second VBL Title

    Date:08/09/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Riding the left arm of Sam Crawford, the Charlottesville Tom Sox won their second Valley League title last night against the Strasburg Express, winning game two of the best-of-three series 4-1. The Tom Sox got things rolling right away in the first inning, when the usual suspects got things started- Paul Giacomazzi and Thomas Francisco hit back-to-back singles off Strasburg starter Jordan Patters...


    Tom Sox Win Game One, 11-8

    Date:08/07/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The Charlottesville Tom Sox kept battling and came away from Tuesday's seesaw battle with a 11-8 win in game one of the Valley League finals. There was mostly order in this game through three innings, thanks to starters Mason Kenney (Strasburg) and Maddison Furman (Charlottesville). The score after nine outs each was Charlottesville 1, Strasburg 0, after a Brock Edge home run blast to left fi...


    Tom Sox Advance to Finals

    Date:08/06/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Last night, the Charlottesville Tom Sox made quick work of the Staunton Braves, 10-2, in the deciding third game of the South Division finals. The Sox took control immediately in this one, leading 2-0 after one, 4-0 after two, and 7-0 [Cville v Brave 1080 80519] after four. In fact, the Sox led 2-0 after only two batters, when Paul Giacomazzi walked, and Thomas Francisco continued his torrid hitt...


    Tom Sox Answer Back, Game Three Tonight

    Date:08/05/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Playing with only ten available players, five of them pitchers, the Braves fought.. ahem... bravely, but the Tom Sox won the war of attrition, 9-7, in extra innings, to send the South finals to a final game Monday night in Charlottesville. The Sox started off with a bang, scoring three runs on five hits in the first inning off Staunton starter Reid Celata. Trey McDyre singled in Cayman Richardson...


    Braves Win Game One of South Finals, 3-1

    Date:08/03/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by Maddie McNamee The Staunton Braves defeated the Charlottesville Tom Sox 3-1 on Friday night (8/2) in game one of the South Division Championship Series at C-VILLE Weekly Ballpark. While the weather, a major threat coming into the day, was on the ‘Sox’s side; the hitting, unfortunately, was not. A Purcellville Cannon during the regular season, Avery Short (Siena) put on his Tom Sox...


    Express Advance to Finals With Win in Slugfest

    Date:08/03/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    By John Leonard Before the game, I overheard a Strasburg fan say, "I don't know; the wind is blowing in. It might be a pitchers' night." It was not. The ball was flying out of First Bank Park at an alarming rate, as both teams combined for seven home runs. The Express started things off with two solo shots in the first inning off the Bandits' Ryan Mitschele- one by Josiah ...


    Tom Sox Eliminate Lumberjacks, Move to South Finals

    Date:08/02/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by Maddie McNamee The Charlottesville Tom Sox defeated the Covington Lumberjacks 10-5 on Thursday night, advancing them to the South Division Championship Series for the third consecutive season. The decisive game three of the first round of the playoffs had great anticipation behind it after being rained out the past two nights. However, good things come to those who wait, and the patient fans o...


    Express Extend Series With Bandits

    Date:08/02/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by John Leonard You would be excused if you thought this one would have a few more runs scored, or if you thought the Express would throw in the towel. But one night after Woodstock hung 18 runs on the board, Strasburg fought gamely, never giving in, even when the Bandits had the tying run on third with none out in the ninth. Let's back up. First, the Express started things off in the top o...


    Nagle, Bayless, Cole Highlight 2019 All-VBL Team

    Date:08/01/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by John Leonard A pair of Woodstock River Bandits, outfielder Aidan Nagle and pitcher Tristen Bayless, along with Waynesboro coach Zac Cole took home the major awards as the VBL announced its 2019 All-League teams. The All-VBL teams are chosen by a vote of team and media representatives across the Valley. Nagle is the 2019 Most Valuable Player, while Bayless earned Pitcher of the Year honors. Co...


    Playoffs Day Three: Tuesday, July 30

    Date:08/01/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Covington at Charlottesville: postponed Woodstock 18, Strasburg 7 (Bandits lead series, 1-0) Well, we all knew they could hit, but when this River Bandit lineup gets rolling, it's like that huge stone in Raiders of the Lost Ark, just smashing everything in its path. Last night in Strasburg, the Bandits scored two in the first, and then four in each of the second, third, and fourth innings, ...


    Playoffs Day Two: Monday, July 29

    Date:08/01/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Woodstock 5, New Market 4 (River Bandits win series, 2-0) The Woodstock River Bandits scratched and clawed their way to a series sweep against the New Market Rebels. But for the first five innings, this one was the rarest of Valley League sights- a pitcher's duel. Two lefties, Tristen Bayless (Woodstock) and Davis O'Brien (New Market), matched zeroes until the bottom of the sixth, when ...


    Playoffs Day One: Sunday, July 28

    Date:08/01/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Staunton 8, Waynesboro 2 (Braves lead series, 1-0) The old saying warns us that you can always see something new at a baseball game. Well, last night saw the Generals, 6-0 against the Braves this summer, make a whopping four errors in the first inning alone (and two more after that) to allow Staunton to grab an early 3-0 lead- enough for the Braves to seize the advantage in the series. The trou...


    The Valley Says Goodbye to a Legend

    Date:07/27/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Mo Weber passed away today at the age of 96. Weber was the hitting coach for the New Market Rebels for 17 years, and head coach for two. A 2017 Valley League Hall of Fame inductee, Weber's #1 jersey was retired by the Rebels, and the league named the Coach of the Year award after him in 2008. There will be no public service.  ...


    The Playoffs Begin Sunday

    Date:07/27/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by John Leonard With the last two regular season games to be played this afternoon and evening, it's just about time to turn our attention to the Valley League playoffs!  The format for the games remains the same as in past years. Each series is a best-of-three, with the higher seed hosting the first night, and the lower seed hosting the second (Monday night, weather permitting). If a t...


    A Note on the Schedule, Take 2

    Date:07/23/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The Valley League has added two extra daya to the regular season- Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27- and will begin the playoffs on Sunday, July 28. The structure of the playoffs is the same as in past years. Each series will be a best-of-three. The first game will be held at the higher seed’s home park on Sunday, and will move to the lower seed’s park for game two, hopefully on M...


    Bowlan Fires No-Hitter

    Date:07/23/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by John Leonard Jonathan Bowlan is best known is the Valley as a 2016 New Market Rebel. In other circles, though, he is known as a fast-rising prospect in the Kansas City Royals' minor league system. A 2nd round selection in the 2018 draft, Bowlan became even better known on July 15th when he fired a complete game no-hitter for High-A Wilmington against Carolina. Bowlan didn't walk a bat...


    Menhennett Named Signs USA Player of the Week

    Date:07/21/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by John Leonard Our seventh, and final, Signs USA Player of the Week is none other than Front Royal's Dylan Menhennett. Menhennett, from West Florida, exploded this week, going 13-25 at the plate, with six runs scored, five doubles, a triple, home run, five RBIs, and two stolen bases. Apparently it was a golf outing plus some pineapple that helped spring him to domination this week, but what...


    Results from 2019 Prospect Showcase

    Date:07/18/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    By John Leonard The 2019 Southeast Collegiate Prospect Showcase, held in Cary, North Carolina on Monday and Tuesday, brought together five summer leagues to play a few games in front of scouts and a few fans. The Valley League took 25 prospects to the mini-tournament, and while the squad didn't win both of its games, it also didn't lose either one (stay with me here). The team, chosen t...


    Stanley Named Signs USA Player of the Week

    Date:07/14/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The Valley League's sixth player of the week award, sponsored by Signs USA, is awarded to Purcellville's Jacob Stanley! Perhaps taking some momentum from the All-Star game home run derby, Chipola's Stanley went 7-11 on the week, with four runs scored, three home runs, and three RBIs. One of his home runs was a walk-off blast in the 11th inning against Strasburg on Friday. Overall thi...


    VBL Team Ready for Prospect Showcase

    Date:07/11/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    For the third straight year, the Valley League will send an All-Star team to North Carolina to compete in the Prospect Showcase, joining four other summer leagues in a prospect extravaganza. Held in Cary, North Carolina at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, the Showcase will feature players from the Southern, Cal Ripken, Florida, Sunbelt, and, of course, the Valley League next Monday and...


    Riopelle Named Signs USA Player of the Week

    Date:07/09/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The USA Signs Player of the Week for week five of the Valley League is Purcellville's Bradley Riopelle! From Coastal Carolina, Riopelle went 7-13 last week, with a slash line of .538/.625/.923, along with three runs scored, a triple, home runs, and six RBIs. For the season so far, he's 20-60, with a slash line of .333/.444/.617, with four doubles, two triples, three home runs, 14 runs sco...


    Express Fire Second Combined No-Hitter

    Date:07/09/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    By Matt Neal Coming off a stretch of one game in five days due to weather, and staring another off day in the face, Strasburg needed some positive momentum and needed it quickly. As the team has done so often this season, they rebounded after a tough loss in a big way...by posting their second combined no-hitter of the season. Cole McMillan (San Jac) started the no-hit bid on the mound, firing s...


    The “Striking” 2019 Valley League All-Star Game

    Date:07/08/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    By Maddie McNamee The 2019 VBL All-Star Game was plentiful of striking, as in lightning and pitching. The game was called after three and a half innings of play, where the South Division scored one run and the North Division came out scoreless. Rather than being drenched in sweat from the cruel heat and humidity of July, players were soaked from the intermittent storms. Umbrellas were clearly th...


    Valley League All-Star Game Schedule

    Date:07/07/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Hello Valley League fans! Join us starting at 3 p.m. for a day of All-Star activities in Harrisonburg, at Veterans Park!  Schedule: 3:00- Gates Open 3:10 – 3:55- Home Team Batting Practice Visiting Team Kids Session Pictures and Autographs 4:00 – 4:45- Visiting Team Batting Practice Home Team Kids Session Pictures and Autographs 4:50 – 5:15- 60 Yard Dash Contest ...


    Two-In-One Rare Trips Around The Bases

    Date:07/05/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by Dennis Atwood Do you remember the last time you heard about an inside-the-park home run in a Valley League game? Perhaps not too long ago. How about two inside-the-park homers in the same game, by the same team? That’s certain to draw a “never!” answer, even from observers with decades of experience. Yet, it did happen, by the New Market Rebels, at home versus the Staunton ...


    VBL All-Star Game to Air on ESPNU

    Date:07/04/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The league is delighted to announce that this Sunday, July 7th, the Valley League All-Star game will be aired live on ESPNU! In a major coup for the league in the Shenandoah Valley, ESPNU will air the game beginning at 7 PM. Thanks go to Graham Knight and his crew at Isomer Media, who have been working tirelessly for years to bring the league national exposure. So if you can't make it to Har...


    Scott Fires Complete Game Shutout

    Date:07/03/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    By Beth Arnold It is rare today for a pitcher to toss a complete game. Earning a win is rarer still, and a complete game shutout is almost unheard of. Front Royal Cardinal Shane Scott, a junior who has played his last two years at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas and will be playing for Arkansas Tech University in the fall, achieved that pinnacle of pitching last Friday, June 28th against t...


    Medders Combines With Teammates in No-Hitter

    Date:06/30/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    I think it's fair to say that Deacon Medders's pro career is off to an exciting start.  In only his fifth pro appearance since being drafted in June, Medders combined with three other teammates to throw a no-hitter yesterday for the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Northwest League.  Deacon, a Staunton Brave in 2017, threw the 8th and 9th innings, walking three batters but obviously...


    Seagears Named USA Signs Player of the Week

    Date:06/30/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Jonah Seagears is in the Valley to get some more experience... and to steal bases.  He's accomplishing both goals this summer, and now is the USA Signs Player of the Week for week four of the Valley League season!  Jonah hit 474/522/579 in 5 games and 19 at-bats, with 3 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, and 3 stolen bases. Jonah, a sophomore at Virginia Tech, is hitting 299/442/418 w...


    2019 VBL All-Star Team Announced

    Date:06/29/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Rosters have been announced for the 2019 Valley Baseball League All-Star Game, which will feature the 25 best players from the North and South Divisions this season. The 2019 Valley League All-Star Game will be held on Sunday, July 7 at James Madison University’s Veterans Memorial Park. The Valley League will also be taking a traveling all-star team made up of some of the league’s to...