Valley League Baseball

    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...


    Montenegro Follows Father's Footsteps with Guatemala National Team

    Date:07/05/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    BY NATALIE RETALEATO Gabriel Montenegro is a native of Guatemala City, and recently helped the Guatemala national team win a bronze medal in the 2017 Central America Games in Managua, Nicaragua. “It felt great to win a medal for Guatemala because it's my home country and it's an honor to represent it playing baseball,” said Montenegro. Baseball isn’t the most prominen...


    2018 VBL Showcase Team Announced

    Date:07/04/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Jimmy McCumber The Valley Baseball League has announced its traveling All-Star roster for the second Southern Collegiate Showcase. For the second straight summer, the Southern Collegiate Showcase will feature the Southern Collegiate Baseball League, Valley Baseball League, Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, Sunbelt League and Florida Collegiate Summer League in ...


    2018 Hall of Fame Class to be Recognized on Sunday

    Date:07/03/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Haymarket Joe Photography Five former players and coaches were elected as the third class of the VBL Hall of Fame, and will be recognized this weekend. The 2018 inductees include Kevin Anderson, Thaddeus R. "Ted" Bosiack, Bill Burkholder, Rob Mummau and Billy Sample. Individual plaques will be presented to inductees and the third class will be recognized at the 2018 VBL...


    2018 VBL All-Star Teams Announced

    Date:07/02/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Haymarket Joe Photography Rosters have been announced for the 2018 Valley Baseball League All-Star Game, which will feature the best players from the North and South Divisions this season. The 2018 Valley League All-Star Game will be held on Sunday, July 8 at James Madison University’s Veterans Memorial Park. The Valley League will also be taking a traveling all-star t...


    Mundy Repeats as Player of the Week

    Date:07/01/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Covington Lumberjacks Covington’s JD Mundy has repeated as the Signs USA Player of the Week as the Virginia Tech product continues to dominate at the plate. Mundy bashed five home runs and racked up 16 RBIs in six games. He batted .364 and also led the league with 11 runs scored. The Jacks slugger also drew eight walks/HBPs for an on-base percentage of .533. He slugged a le...


    Covington's Mundy Named Signs USA Player of the Week

    Date:06/24/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Covington Lumberjacks Covington slugger JD Mundy has been named the Signs USA Player of the Week, after another strong week at the plate. Counting stats were down around the league this week with rain limiting many squads to just two or three games. During that scheduling turmoil, Covington has been the surprise of the South Division- with last year’s basement dwellers sitti...


    A Turks’ Father-Son Feature: Cam and Daryl Irvine

    Date:06/19/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Harrisonburg Turks BY JEN KULJU Cam Irvine is following in his father’s footsteps. Pitcher Daryl Irvine played baseball for Spotswood High School in Penn Laird, Virginia, and played with the Harrisonburg Turks in 1984 while attending Ferrum College. Cam graduated from Spotswood having played varsity baseball all four years, and is currently playing with the Turks while atten...


    Strasburg and Winchester Holding 3rd Annual "Mike's Night for ALS" on Friday

    Date:06/18/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    BY NATALIE RETALEATO Friday, June 22nd is “Mike’s Night For ALS” at First Bank Park. Join the Strasburg Express as they host the Winchester Royals in their 3rd annual “Mike’s Night” game. This event is held in honor and memory of Winchester native and Strasburg favorite Mike Whittle. Whittle was a well-loved founding board member and former treasurer with the...


    Griswold Takes Weekly Award for Two-Way Performance in Winning Streak

    Date:06/17/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Ken Pullen Front Royal’s Rob Griswold has been named the second Signs USA VBL Player of the Week this season, after a winning two-way performance. Playing as an infielder, Griswold led the Cardinals with a .556 batting average for the week. In three games, he had three runs scored and two RBIs. Also the team’s closer, the LIU sophomore threw 4.1 shutout innings over t...


    Royals Celebrating 40th Anniversary

    Date:06/12/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Photo Credit: Winchester Royals BY JACK MARGAROS 39 illustrious summers of college baseball have come and gone for the Winchester Royals. June 1st marked the beginning of the organization’s 40th season. Much like the game of baseball, the Royals have experienced an ample amount of change and growth over the past four decades. Some 150 or so players have been drafted and/or signed to play...


    VBL Extends Audience Reach with Facebook Livestreaming of Games

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

    BY JEN KULJU One of the country’s oldest baseball leagues is going high-tech. The Valley Baseball League (VBL), founded in 1897, recently signed a five-year contract with Isomer Media to provide livestreaming of games over Facebook to audiences worldwide. “It’s a gigantic step forward and a fantastic opportunity for the Valley,” says Bruce Alger, VBL commissioner/presiden...


    Berryhill Named Player of the Week After Memorable Single-Game Performance

    Date:06/10/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Purcellville’s Luke Berryhill has been named the first Valley League Player of the Week for the 2018 season, following one of the top individual game performances in league history. Berryhill’s league-leading three home runs and 10 RBIs all came in a single game- a 3-for-5 performance vs. Strasburg where he reached base four times in six plate appearances. Playing at DH, the catcher...


    VBL Features Number of Early Round Selections in MLB Draft

    Date:06/07/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    *Thanks to John Leonard of All Things Valley League for help in compiling this list. Photo Credit: New Market Rebels The Valley Baseball League was heavily featured in the earlier rounds of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft, with 12 selections in the opening 10 rounds. While the total number of players drafted (36) was lower than most recent years, there were plenty of picks higher...


    2018 Charlottesville Tom Sox Season Preview

    Date:06/01/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    BY NATALIE RETALEATO The defending champion Charlottesville Tom Sox are entering their 2018 season with 11 returning players including the 2017 VBL MVP, infielder Michael Wielansky, and 2017 1st team All VBL pitcher Sean McCracken. Wielansky is a rising senior shortstop at The College of Wooster. Last year, he led the VBL with .489 on-base and .677 slugging percentages. He was also best in...


    2018 Strasburg Express Season Preview

    Date:06/01/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    BY JACK MARGAROS The Strasburg Express has been a perennially dominant team in the Valley Baseball League for the past half-decade. The team won VBL championships in 2015 and 2016, and was just one win short of a third consecutive title in 2017. The Express have made a championship appearance in four of the last five summers. Heading into 2018, the expectations are no different, even with new h...


    2018 Purcellville Cannons Season Preview

    Date:05/31/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    BY NATALIE RETALEATO Entering into its third season, the Purcellville Cannons look to build their team “up the middle”. Head Coach Brett Fuller and his son, General Manager Ridge Fuller, have been improving the roster each year since the team moved from Charles Town in 2016. This will be Brett Fuller’s seventh season with the Valley Baseball League. Fuller is accompanied by hi...


    2018 New Market Rebels Season Preview

    Date:05/31/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    BY JACK MARGAROS Zac Cole is entering his third season managing the New Market Rebels. With the return of a 2016 VBL All-Star and four additional players, he feels he has created a special team. “We’re excited about the roster this year. I honestly feel like this is the best team that I’ve had in my three years with New Market, at least on paper,” Cole said. “Obvio...


    2018 Harrisonburg Turks Season Preview

    Date:05/30/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The Harrisonburg Turks enter 2018 with a deep roster across the board. Head coach Bob Wease started putting together the roster in August, and has continued to add replacements in recent weeks. “It’s a year-round job,” he said to ESPN Radio Harrisonburg’s Dave Thomas. “You get all your players, and then April rolls around and all of a sudden you lose six or seven of...


    2018 Waynesboro Generals Season Preview

    Date:05/30/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    BY JACK MARGAROS After a mediocre finish last season, the Waynesboro Generals (two VBL championships and three South Division pennants since 2011) hired John Jeanes to lead the team in 2018. Jeanes has coached and scouted for several programs in the past, making him a perfect candidate for ownership to pursue. Currently, he is the Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Chipola College in...


    2018 Winchester Royals Season Preview

    Date:05/26/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    BY JACK MARGAROS In its 40th season, the Winchester Royals decided to shake things up. Management hired Jacob Mays, an assistant baseball coach at Shenandoah University in Winchester. Mays, a Valley Baseball League alumni, put his team together from scratch as the Royals have zero returning players. “On paper I feel like we are the best team in the league but that doesn’t mean anyth...


    2018 Staunton Braves Season Preview

    Date:05/26/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The Staunton Braves enter this summer with a completely new roster, along with a new head coach for the first time in five seasons. Nolan Neiman, who has prior experience in the VBL as New Market’s head coach in 2008 and hitting coach two years prior, takes over as head coach in 2008. Neiman is Director of Baseball for the Florida Surge Baseball Club and an associate scout with the Texas R...


    2018 Front Royal Cardinals Season Preview

    Date:05/25/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    BY JACK MARGAROS After years of being an advocate for the Valley Baseball League, Arizona Western assistant baseball coach Zeke Mitchem will lead the Front Royals Cardinals in the 2018 summer league season. Collectively, he has coached for numerous programs for the last 20 years and is responsible for a handful of players signing professional contracts. “I’ve put numerous guys in Fr...


    2018 Covington Lumberjacks Season Preview

    Date:05/25/2018   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    BY JACK MARGAROS The Covington Lumberjacks are under the direction of Alex Kotheimer this summer as the team looks to improve from a last place finish in the South division last season. Kotheimer, an assistant baseball coach at West Virginia Tech, has assembled a practically new team in addition to a couple of returners. He feels the new-look Lumberjacks will make some noise this season in the ...