Valley League Baseball

    Braves Finalize 2019 Coaching Staff

    Date:12/07/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The Staunton Braves have finalized their coaching staff for the 2019 season and 2018 Braves’ assistant coach Lukas Ray will take over as the team’s head coach next summer. Ray is currently the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at South Carolina-Lancaster. Prior to joining the USC-Lancaster staff, Ray spent on year as the recruiting coordinator/pitching coach at Florence-Darli...


    Matt Schaeffer Selected as Rebels Head Coach For 2019

    Date:12/03/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The defending Valley Baseball League champion New Market Rebels are pleased to announce that Matt Schaeffer, assistant coach at South Florida State College, will join the Rebels as head coach for the 2019 season. “We are very happy that Matt Schaeffer has agreed to be our field general for the Rebels’ quest to retain the Jim Lineweaver Trophy,” Rebels president and general mana...


    Waynesboro Generals Hire Defending VBL Champion Head Coach

    Date:12/03/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Zac Cole has recently been hired to lead the Waynesboro Generals in the summer of 2019. If the name sounds familiar to Valley League Baseball fans, it’s because for the past three years Coach Cole has been the head coach of the New Market Rebels. If the name sounds familiar to General fans, Cole spent the summer of 2004 playing for the Gens. General manager Tyler Hoffman feels like t...


    Former Staunton Brave Named NL Manager of the Year with Atlanta Braves

    Date:11/14/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons Former Staunton Brave and current Atlanta Brave Brian Snitker was named the National League Manager of the Year last night. Snitker was honored after leading Atlanta to a 90-72 record, an 18-win improvement over the previous season, and a National League East crown. Snitker was named the Interim Manager of the Braves in May 2016, but went on to earn the job...


    Tom Sox Announce Coaching Staff For 2019 Season

    Date:11/06/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: John Leonard The Charlottesville Tom Sox have finalized their coaching staff for the 2019 season. The group of five includes three new faces to the organization. Corey Hunt returns for his third season as head coach. Hunt’s career record with the club is 56-28, including a Valley Baseball League title in 2017 and an appearance in the championship last season. ...


    Former VBL Pitchers Earn World Series Rings With Red Sox

    Date:10/29/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Two former VBL pitchers, while not on the active postseason roster, earned their first World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox this weekend. The Red Sox won a franchise-record 108 games and then rolled through a difficult postseason path- beating 100-win New York 3-1, 103-win Houston 4-1, and finishing off the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games in the World Series. Reliever Tyler Thornburg ma...


    Winchester Royals Announce Mike Smith as 2019 Head Coach

    Date:10/29/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The Winchester Royals are excited to announce Mike Smith as their 2019 head coach.  Coach Smith has 12 years experience in the Valley League and has coached over 50 players who were drafted by Major League Baseball. He served as an Associate Scout for the Kansas City Royals from 2008-15.  Coach Smith is currently the head coach for the Clarke County Eagles and has coached&nb...


    Hall of Famer Bocock Named as 2019 Bandits Manager

    Date:10/29/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    VBL Hall of Fame Coach Mike Bocock will lead the 2019 Woodstock River Bandits. Bocock was part of the 2016 inaugural VBL Hall of Fame class, and previously managed in the Valley League for 23 seasons with five different franchises. He has won a league-record seven championships as a head coach, reaching 13 championship series and taking home 13 pennants. He earned VBL titles with New Marke...


    Strasburg Express Announce Moss as Head Coach for 2019

    Date:08/21/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Graphic: Strasburg Express After a challenging summer, featuring a historic number of rainouts and failing to make the VBL playoffs for the first time since 2011, the Strasburg Express are quickly advancing to the 2019 season by announcing that Brock Moss will be taking over as Head Coach. Moss will succeed Anthony “Gonk” Goncalves, who played an instrumental role in bringing a...


    Fernandez Grand Slam Clinches VBL Title for New Market

    Date:08/07/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Box Score Photo Credit: Michael Terndrup BY JIMMY McCUMBER Adan Fernandez hit the championship-winning grand slam in the bottom of the seventh, as the New Market Rebels won the 2018 VBL title with an 8-5 home victory vs. Charlottesville. Austin Bogart, who had been thrown out at home trying to tie the game in the previous inning, drew a full count walk with two outs to load the bases. Fer...


    Rebels Bats Pick Right Back Up in Game 1 of Finals

    Date:08/06/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Box Score Photo Credit: Michael Terndrup BY JACK MARGAROS New Market, after getting a four day resting period awaiting the South champion to be crowned, rolled over the Charlottesville Tom Sox in the opening game of the championship series on Monday night, 16-4. Although Charlottesville took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, the Rebels put up 11 unanswered runs to cruise to thei...


    Tom Sox Win South in Homer-Filled Game

    Date:08/05/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Box Score Photo Credit: Charlottesville Tom Sox BY NATALIE RETALEATO The Charlottesville Tom Sox are the South Division champions for a second straight year after beating the Covington Lumberjacks 7-6 in a game full of home runs. Zac Ching started the homer trend early in the first with a solo shot to put the Tom Sox on the board. Noah Bridges tied it up for the Lumberjacks with a solo homer o...


    Eyster, Wetherbee, Kotheimer Highlight 2018 All-VBL Squad

    Date:08/05/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Michael Terndrup (Eyster), Emma Sharon (Weatherbee) New Market outfielder Andrew Eyster, Charlottesville pitcher Jared Wetherbee and Covington coach Alex Kotheimer took home the major awards as the VBL announced its 2018 All-League teams. The All-VBL teams are chosen by a vote of team and media representatives across the Valley. Eyster was the 2018 MVP, while Wetherbee earned...


    Charlottesville Wins Marathon Series in 11th Inning

    Date:08/04/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Box Score Photo Credit: Charlottesville Tom Sox BY JIMMY McCUMBER In a three-game series that took seven days to complete, extra innings were required before the Charlottesville Tom Sox finally advanced to the South finals with a 3-2 win over Waynesboro. Charlottesville trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth, but Nick Bellafronto and Alex Mardiney singled before Garrett Jones’ RBI single...


    Playoff Roundup: Rebels in Finals, Generals Stay Alive

    Date:08/01/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Jack Fitzpatrick New Market advanced to the championship while Charlottesville and Waynesboro, still over a series behind, will play tomorrow night for a spot in the South finals. NEW MARKET 5, WINCHESTER 3 Box Score BY JACK MARGAROS The New Market Rebels advanced to the Valley Baseball League Championship Series on Wednesday with a victory over the Winchester Royals,...


    Rebels Open North Finals With 10th Straight Win

    Date:07/31/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Box Score Photo Credit: Jack Fitzpatrick BY JACK MARGAROS The New Market Rebels won their tenth straight game on Tuesday as they handled the Winchester Royals in game one of the semifinals, 9-3, at Rebel Park. The Rebels wasted no time as they put up four runs in the first inning off of Royals starting pitcher Nick Beardsley. Kobe Lopez kicked off the game with a single, followed by a two-run ...


    Playoff Roundup: Three Teams Advance

    Date:07/30/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: New Market Rebels Three teams advanced to the semifinals on Monday evening, while Waynesboro-Charlottesville was rained out and will play Game 2 tomorrow. NEW MARKET 9, FRONT ROYAL 1 Box Score BY JIMMY McCUMBER A 6-run fourth inning put the series away, as New Market swept Front Royal in the opening round of the North playoffs. The Cardinals gave away their early 1-0 lead on a...


    Playoff Roundup: Top South Seeds Win, Upsets in North

    Date:07/29/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Ken Pullen Covington's offense led the top South seeds to wins, while both of the home North teams were upset in the opening round of the 2018 playoffs. COVINGTON 12, HARRISONBURG 9 Box Score BY NATALIE RETALEATO The Covington Lumberjacks took game one in a win over the Harrisonburg Turks on Sunday night. Covington took the early lead with Christian Del Castillo hitting a ...


    Anu Wins Final Player of the Week Award

    Date:07/29/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: John Leonard New Market outfielder/designated hitter Oraj Anu has been named the final VBL Player of the Week for 2018. Anu led the league in both homers (four) and RBIs (10), while batting .524 (11-for-21) in five games. He homered in his last three games (totaling nine RBIs in those contests), as the Rebels won their last seven times he appeared in the lineup- not including a p...


    4-Foot-11 Oyama Proves He Belongs

    Date:07/29/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Michael Terndrup BY JACK MARGAROS Purcellville’s Kenny Oyama has always stood out on the baseball field. His talent alone, stemming back to when he was six years old, was enough to earn the respect of several major baseball outlets coming out of El Toro High School a year ago. “I always played up with my brothers. My parents felt like I could handle them,” Oyama...


    2018 Postseason Seedings Set

    Date:07/28/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Ken Pullen  Matchups have been set for the 2018 playoffs. Both the final seed in the South and the top three spots in the North came down to the final innings of the year in a thrilling regular season finish. All series will be best-of-three games and will begin on Sunday, July 29. Semifinal and championship rounds will begin as soon as the previous series are completed, with...


    Bielamowicz Named Player of the Week After 15-K No-Hitter

    Date:07/22/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Ken Pullen Waynesboro’s Tyler Bielamowicz has been named the Signs USA Player of the Week after taking a perfect game into the ninth inning. An error and a walk spoiled the perfect game vs. Front Royal, but he struck out Brady Ballstadt to complete the no-hitter. That gave him 15 K’s- the most in a game this season, and his game score of 100 is also the highest of the...


    Crazy Day in the Valley League

    Date:07/19/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    BY JIMMY McCUMBER While there is always plenty of excitement in the Valley League, a recent period of approximately 28 hours in the VBL saw an on-field proposal, a no-hitter, a player coming one base shy of the cycle in a game that took 22 days to complete, and a tie game. Mountain View Elementary School teacher Jess Barger was throwing the first pitch at the Harrisonburg Turks game on Monday, ...


    VBL Beats Sunbelt for Second Straight Undefeated Showcase

    Date:07/17/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Box Score Photo Credit: Jimmy McCumber A night after giving up five straight runs to let a victory slip, the Valley Baseball League scored five unanswered runs and defeated the Sunbelt League 6-4 at the Southern Collegiate Showcase. The VBL bats, which had only managed an Oraj Anu infield single over the opening four innings, finally got going in the fifth. Chase Cheek led off with a double and...


    VBL One Strike Away in 5-5 Tie With Florida

    Date:07/16/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Box Score Photo Credit: Jimmy McCumber The Valley Baseball League was one strike away in their Southern Collegiate Showcase opener but couldn’t hold onto an early 5-0 lead in a 5-5 tie with the Florida League. Andrew Labosky looped an RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, landing just inside the left field line to tie the contest. The Valley had runners on first and third ...


    12th Round Pick Ashcraft Chooses Mississippi State

    Date:07/16/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Blake Williams, Mississippi State Athletics BY JACK MARGAROS Upon graduation from Huntsville High School, Waynesboro’s Graham Ashcraft was dealt a life-changing decision. Perfect Game tabbed him as No. 90 overall (No. 31 pitcher) in the class of 2016 and a Rawlings second-team All-American. He was third best player in the entire state of Alabama, and No. 175 in Baseball Amer...


    D'Alessandro Named Signs USA Player of the Week

    Date:07/15/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Michael Terndrup Charlottesville Tom Sox first baseman/DH Dom D’Alessandro has been named the Signs USA Player of the Week. In seven games, D’Alessandro batted .400, leading the league homers (four) and RBIs (14). He also went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the All-Star Game over the previous seven-day period, giving him 15 RBIs over an eight-game span. His 46 RBIs for the se...


    South Batting the Difference in 2018 VBL All-Star Game

    Date:07/08/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Box Score Photo Credit: Jimmy McCumber BY JULIA STUMBAUGH The 2018 VBL All-Star Game saw stellar play both on the mound and at the plate, but the South Division’s batting made the difference as they defeated the North Division, 7-3. The first hits of Sunday night’s All-Star game belonged to the South. VBL teammates Patrick McColl and Dominic D’Alessandro (Charlottesville...


    Front Royal's Burden Wins Home Run Derby

    Date:07/08/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Michael Terndrup BY JULIA STUMBAUGH When the hardest hitters in the VBL all line up to take turns at bat, you’re sure to see more than a few balls land in the grass outside of JMU’s Eagle Field. And that’s exactly what the crowd watched as Andrew Burden (Front Royal), Andrew Eyster (New Market), Adan Fernandez (New Market), JD Mundy (Covington), Anthony Pecora (S...


    Schultz Earns Player of the Week Honors

    Date:07/08/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Michael Terndrup Strasburg Express designated hitter Colton Schultz has been named the Signs USA Player of the Week heading into All-Star weekend. Schultz ranked second in the league in batting (.550, behind only teammate Hogan Brown) and first in on-base percentage (.640) and OPS (1.540). He slugged .900 for the week. He also scored 10 runs and homered twice to pace the VBL, and...