Valley League Baseball

    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...


    Ferris Named USA Signs Player of the Week

    Date:06/23/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    By John Leonard On the strength of two outstanding starts on the mound for the Harrisonburg Turks, the USA Signs Player of the Week is Eastern Kentucky's Jacob Ferris. From Richmond, Kentucky, the sophomore righthander threw 14 2/3 innings last week, while allowing ten hits, one walk, and only one earned run while striking out 16 batters. He won both games as well, the first against Front Ro...


    Express No-Hit Cardinals, Strike Out 18

    Date:06/22/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by Matt Neal The Express arms were dominant and the bats had just enough juice, scratching across some late insurance runs as Strasburg won at Front Royal 5-0 last night, no-hitting the Cardinals in the process. Gene Hurst (Samford) was the winning arm on the mound, starting for Strasburg and going 5 scoreless innings while allowing no hits, striking out 7 and walking none. Brian Coffey (New Mex...


    Goldsmith Named USA Signs Player of the Week

    Date:06/16/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by John Leonard The USA Signs player of the week in week two of the Valley League is Winchester's Jimmy Goldsmith, from Radford! Goldsmith pummelled the ball in week two, going 11-18, with a batting line of 611/632/944. He scored 8 runs, hit 2 home runs, and drove in 11 runs for the Royals. He had one game in which he went 5-6 with 6 runs batted in, and a second one in which he finished 4-5 ...


    49 Former Valley Leaguers Chosen in 2019 MLB Draft

    Date:06/10/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by John Leonard Here is the list of the 49 former Valley Leaguers who were picked in the MLB draft last Monday through Wednesday: Round, Overall Pick, Name, Position, College, ML Team, VBL Team 4 134 Kyle McCann, C, Georgia Tech, Oakland, Harrisonburg 17 6 174 Graham Ashcraft, RHP, Alabama-Birmingham, Cincinnati, Waynesboro 18 6 181 Zach Peek, RHP, Winthrop, Los Angeles Angels, Strasburg 17...


    Czech Named Signs USA Player of the Week

    Date:06/09/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by John Leonard Staunton's Andrew Czech is a very large man with an even bigger stat line. Listed at 6-foot-6, the young man from Ohio, fresh off being named the Great Midwest Player of the Year for Walsh University, is crushing Valley League pitching so far, and subsequently is the first Signs USA Player of the Week for the summer. In his first seven games, Czech is slashing 455/500/879, w...


    2019 Season Preview: New Market Rebels

    Date:05/30/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by Dennis Atwood Today we conclude our preview series with the defending champion New Market Rebels. THAT WAS THEN With seven games to play in the 2018 regular season, the New Market Rebels were 17-18 and their playoff prospects were doubtful. The Rebels then embarked on a phenomenal seven-game winning streak to finish at 24-18, tied with Front Royal for second place in the North.  The Ca...


    2019 Season Preview: Charlottesville Tom Sox

    Date:05/29/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    By Graham Knight and John Leonard The Charlottesville Tom Sox have been, argubly, the most successful franchise over the last two seasons. The squad crushed the league in 2017, the "Michael Wielansky season," finishing 32-10 and rolling to a championship in the postseason. (Wielansky was the runaway Most Valuable Player that summer after hitting 432/489/677 in the regular season.) In 20...


    2019 Season Preview: Purcellville Cannons

    Date:05/28/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    By Graham Knight and John Leonard The award for traveling the farthest to play baseball in the Valley League this summer goes to two University of Hawaii players- Blaze Pontes, who throws in the mid 90’s and has an All-Star name, and Max Crabbe, a sophomore outfielder with a solid name himself, who will be playing on the Island of Purcellville this season. Why do we call it the Island of Pu...


    2019 Season Preview: Covington Lumberjacks

    Date:05/27/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by Graham Knight and John Leonard The 2018 South regular season champion Covington Lumberjacks get the preview treatment today! Alex Kotheimer, head coach of the Lumberjacks, had just stepped off the 18th green when I asked him about his last season in Covington.  Two stories immediately came to mind and it’s clear they are memories that aren’t going to fade anytime soon. ...


    2019 Season Preview: Waynesboro Generals

    Date:05/26/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    By John Leonard We're down to the last five previews: Today we have the Waynesboro Generals! What Happened in 2018 The 2018 Waynesboro Generals finished 24-18 in the regular season, tied for second in the South with the Charlottesville Tom Sox. The Tom Sox won the tiebreaker (by winning the season series with the Generals, 4 games to 2), so Waynesboro was the third seed. In a hard fought se...


    2019 Season Preview: Front Royal Cardinals

    Date:05/25/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by John Leonard Continuing our series of previews of the upcoming season, today we have the Front Royal Cardinals! What Happened in 2018 The 2018 Cardinals squad was cruising along at 21-9 when some key defections made the rest of the way rather more difficult, and the team stumbled to a 3-9 finish, ending the season at 24-18. That was good enough for second in the North division, just one...


    2019 Season Preview: Winchester Royals

    Date:05/24/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by Graham Knight Sunday Morning, 10:15am, May 12th. It’s raining hard enough to wash the topsoil off a nearby baseball diamond and send it to the gutter, across the parking lot, and into a nearby stream. It reminds me of last year. As I walk to the press box, I’m pretty certain that if I was in left field water would cover the tops of my shoes. Oh yeah, and it’s Mother&rsqu...


    2019 Season Preview: Harrisonburg Turks

    Date:05/23/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by Justin Simon The Harrisonburg Turks have long been one of the premier teams in the Valley Baseball League. However, in 2018 they finished with a 20-22 record under Hall of Fame coach Bob Wease. Coach Wease chalks this up to some key players being drafted, injuries, and having to shut down some players for the summer. For the 2019 season, he’s hoping to regain the team's stranglehold ...


    2019 Season Preview: Staunton Braves

    Date:05/22/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by John Leonard Our third team preview in our countdown to the start of the 2019 Valley League season is none other than the Staunton Braves! What Happened in 2018 The Braves technically finished last in the Southern Division in 2018, but that was due to a tie breaker. Both the Harrisonburg Turks and Braves finished the regular season at 20-22, but the tie breaker went to the Turks, who fi...


    2019 Season Preview: Strasburg Express

    Date:05/21/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    By John Leonard Today, ten days before opening day of the 2019 Valley League season, we have the season preview for the Strasburg Express! What Happened in 2018 The Express struggled both to get on the field due to rain and on the mound in 2018, finishing with a team ERA of 6.74 and missing the playoffs for only the second time since the franchise joined the league in 2011. The team went 17-25,...


    2019 Season Preview: Woodstock River Bandits

    Date:05/20/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    By John Leonard Welcome to our annual series of season previews for each of the eleven Valley League franchises. We will release one preview a day (mostly) in reverse order of final 2018 record. Our first team is the Woodstock River Bandits! What Happened in 2018 Woodstock had a lost season in 2018. The team finished 5-37, with a winning percentage of .117, the lowest percentage in franchise h...


    The 2015 Valley League Annual is Now Available

    Date:04/11/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    You can get the PDF of All Things Valley League’s 2015 Valley League Annual starting today! 154 pages, almost 52,000 words… including *Results from every day of the summer season *Top hitters, starting pitchers, and relievers *Pro players who appeared in the VBL *Major League draft results And much, much more! All for just $4.99. Ordering Instructions All you need to do is ...