Valley League Baseball

    Happy 4th. It's All Star Week In the Virginia Shenandoah Valley

    Date:07/04/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Our 6 Game All Star Celebration starts on Friday July 3rd.  In this first game we are  bringing you the 2018 VBL All Star Game featuring a classic Civil War match up as the North faced the South. (Spoiler Alert) The South Won this one.    https://youtu.be/ui2wXpSYQec   Over the course of the next several days we're gonna bring ya (that's horse wrangler tal...


    Two Former VBLers Drafted

    Date:06/13/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    As many fans know, major league baseball reduced the amateur draft to just five rounds this year. So while the number of draftees is a tiny fraction of a normal year (49 players were drafted in 2019, for example), the Valley League still saw two alumni picked by major league teams this week. Kyle Nicolas (Charlottesville 2018), a righthander from Ball State, was taken in Competitive Balance Rou...


    On This VBL Day: June 10

    Date:06/13/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Hitter of the Day On June 10, 2016, Winchester's Gabriel Garcia went 3-4 against Covington, with a run scored, double, home run, and four RBIs in the 9-6 win. From Broward, Garcia hit .288/.368/.470 in 66 at-bats for the Royals, with 12 runs scored, three doubles, three home runs, and 12 stolen bases. After transferring to Florida International, Garcia was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in ...


    On This VBL Day: June 9

    Date:06/13/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Hitter of the Day On June 9, 2018, Covington's JD Mundy ripped a two-run walk-off home run against Staunton, capping off a day in which he went 4-5, with three runs, a double, home run, and two RBIs. Mundy was the 2nd best hitter that summer (behind New Market's Andrew Eyster), hitting .353/.474/.705 in 139 at-bats, with 36 runs scored, seven doubles, 14 home runs, 48 RBIs, and a 29/37 BB...


    On This VBL Day: June 8

    Date:06/08/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Hitter of the Day On June 8, 2018, making his VBL debut, Purcellville's Luke Berryhill went a little nuts against Strasburg, finishing the game 3-5, with three home runs, 10 RBIs, and a hit-by-pitch. It was, by far, the best debut that ATVL has ever heard of. (Purcellville won the game, 15-5.) The catcher from South Carolina didn't stay long- just ten games- but he went 11-40, with a doub...


    On This VBL Day: June 7

    Date:06/08/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Hitter of the Day On June 7, 2014, Covington's Blake Edwards went 5-5 against New Market, with five runs scored, a double, triple, stolen base, and two RBIs. (The Jacks won 13-6.) In 167 at-bats that summer, he hit .335/.386/.377, with 34 runs, five doubles, that one triple, 19 RBIs, and a 13/9 BB/K ratio. Edwards had a very good career at Columbus State, hitting .343/.396/.469 in 819 total a...


    On This VBL Day: June 6

    Date:06/08/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Hitter of the Day On June 6, 2017, Strasburg's Brandon Quaranta went 4-4 against Harrisonburg, with two runs, four RBIs, a double, home run, and hit-by-pitch. If you want to see more about his time in the Valley, click here for a recent post. Pitcher of the Day On June 6, 2017, Front Royal's Joshua Andrews, from Grand Canyon, completely shut down Winchester, firing seven shutout innings...


    On This VBL Day: June 5

    Date:06/05/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Hitter of the Day On June 5, 2015, Front Royal's Chase Lunceford went 4-6, with a run, home run, and five RBIs against Aldie (FR won, 12-0). The shortstop from Louisiana Tech hit .304/.386/.405 in 148 at-bats that summer, with nine doubles and two home runs. Lunceford played for two seasons at Hinds CC and two at Louisiana Tech. He hit a total of .287/.394/.529 in 414 at-bats at Tech, with 20...


    On This VBL Day: June 4

    Date:06/04/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Hitter of the Day On June 4, 2019, Charlottesville's Dan Harwood went 4-4 against Winchester, with a run, walk, double, home run, and five RBIs. Harwood, a rising senior from Wooster, went on to hit .263/.385/.406 in 133 at-bats that summer, with eight doubles, a triple, three home runs, 24 RBIs, and a solid 19/25 BB/K ratio. He got to play a whole seven games this spring before everything wa...


    On This VBL Day: June 3

    Date:06/04/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Hitter of the Day On June 3, 2017, Purcellville's Trevin Esquerra went 4-5 against Winchester, with a run, three RBIs, and a double. (The Cannons won the game, 17-8. Nice that the Royals went for two after that touchdown...) Esquerra went on to hit a total of .362/.407/.632 in 152 at-bats that summer, with 11 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 33 RBIs, and a 11/46 BB/K ratio. Esquerra w...


    On This VBL Day: June 2

    Date:06/02/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    So what happened on June 2nd? Hitter of the Day On June 2, 2019, Charlottesville's Cayman Richardson went 4-5 against Staunton, with four runs scored, two RBIs, a triple, and a hit-by-pitch. He finished 2019 with a .344/.420/.435 slashline, with 36 runs scored, seven doubles, a triple, home run, and 13/23 BB/K ratio. He was named the league's 16th best hitter by ATVL. Richardson played f...


    On This VBL Day: June 1

    Date:06/01/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    So what happened on the first of June (from 2013-2019)? Hitter of the Day On June 1, 2016, Strasburg's Michael Curry, from Georgia, went 4-6, with three runs scored and two RBIs in the Express's 13-7 victory over Front Royal. Curry went on to hit a total of .302/.364/.440 in 116 at-bats that summer, with 25 runs, 10 doubles, two home runs, and a 10/27 BB/K ratio. He didn't make the t...


    On This VBL Day: May 31

    Date:05/31/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    What happened in the Valley on May 31? Hitter of the Day On May 31, 2013, Waynesboro's Tyler Bocock, from Stetson (and Turner Ashby High School, of course), went 3-5 against Staunton, with three runs scored, four RBIs, a triple, and a home run. That summer for the Generals, he hit .311/.391/.395 in 177 at-bats, with 10 doubles and nine stolen bases. Bocock spent 2012 at Chipola, and 2013-201...


    On This VBL Day: May 30

    Date:05/30/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Since All Things Valley League will not be reporting on 2020 Valley League games, it will instead give a hitter and pitcher of the day, or something else that was remarkable, from the past seven years (2013-2019). An "on this date" kind of thing. One season began on May 30 (2014), so we'll begin the series today! May 30 Hitter of the Day Today we focus on Front Royal's Hunter ...


    VBL Rewind Day 1

    Date:05/29/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Welcome Valley Baseball fans to Opening Day 20/20 and another great year of excellent local VBL action as we throw out our first pitch in the 20/20 season (Since hindsight is 20/20 we’ve dubbed this the 20/20 season. It sounds better than 2019 rewound).  What better way to begin Opening Day 20/20 then by revisiting Opening Day 2019 montage style. Opening Day 20/20 begins in Purcellvill...


    VBL's unique season starts May 29th

    Date:05/28/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The 2020 Valley Baseball League season is arguably going to be the most unique season the VBL has ever hosted. Due to the global circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Valley Baseball League was forced to cancel its 2020 season on April 2nd (See our podcast with Bruce Alger https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et9UkrTYIc8 ) due to the threat of the coronavirus. The risk to our players and the risk...


    Clarke Named All-American

    Date:05/28/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    In Wes Clarke‘s summer season in Waynesboro in 2019, he was named an All-Star, a Prospect Showcase participant, first-team All-Valley at catcher, All Things Valley League’s second best hitter in the league,  and the second best prospect in the league by Perfect Game. Now he can add another award to the list: 2020 third team All-American (at first base) by Collegiate Bas...


    April 24 NACSB Statement on COVID-19

    Date:04/25/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB) member leagues had a conference call today and each league shared an update regarding the status of their 2020 summer season. In that call, each league discussed the different ways states in their region are addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cape Cod Baseball League decided today to cancel their 2020 season due to the impact of this vir...


    April 8 NACSB STATEMENT ON COVID-19

    Date:04/10/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB) is monitoring developments of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it will affect summer baseball for our member leagues.  We are engaging in regular alliance discussions as well as conversations with our partners at Major League Baseball. The NACSB covers many different states and regions of the country. With states individually handling the...


    The 2020 Valley League Has Been Cancelled

    Date:04/02/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Due to concerns over the current pandemic, the Valley League will not take place in 2020. Commissioner Bruce Alger said, “As the Commissioner of the Valley Baseball League, it is with much sadness that I pass on to you that the Executive Committee unanimously agreed to officially cancel our 2020 Valley Baseball League season.” Set to begin in about eight weeks, the league has decided ...


    Tom Sox Name 2020 Coaching Staff

    Date:02/25/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The Charlottesville Tom Sox announced the team's 2020 coaching staff. First, San Jacinto College Assistant Coach Kory Koehler will serve as the team's head coach for the 2020 season.  Koehler joins the Tom Sox from San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas, where he has spent the last 20 seasons as a player and coach. Under NJCAA Hall of Fame Head Coach Tom Arrington, the Gators ha...


    Five Named to Stopper Watch List

    Date:02/19/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) has released its preseason “Stopper Watch List,” a list of the top 70 relievers in college baseball heading into the 2020 season. The award is given to the top reliever in D-I baseball. Five former Valley Leaguers have been named to the intial list. They are: Hayden Harris (Front Royal 2018), Georgia Southern: last y...


    Covington Announces Coaching Staff

    Date:02/18/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    by Eric Young The Covington Lumberjacks announced Logan WIlliamson as their next head coach and Cory Middleton as an assistant coach on January 1, 2020. Williamson replaces Alex Kotheimer, who led the Jacks for two seasons from 2018-2019. Kotheimer left the Jacks after joining the staff of Ohio University baseball at the end of summer 2019. Williamson, a two-time draft pick by the Chicago White...


    Hurla Returns; Cardinals Name 2020 Coaching Staff

    Date:02/07/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The Front Royal Cardinals are thrilled to announce that Head Coach Tony Hurla will return to lead the Redbirds in the 2020 season!  Coach Hurla is excited to have the opportunity to build on last year's coaching experience, and believes the 2020 team has great depth.  He has recruited players who will come to Front Royal with plenty of game experience at their respective co...


    Rebels Round Out 2020 Staff

    Date:02/03/2020   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    New Market Rebels first-year head coach Arthur Stenberg IV has added three assistant coaches to complete the Rebel’s staff roster. “I am pleased to have these three talented and focused guys join me for the Rebels 2020 campaign,” Stenberg said. “With these coaches, and the players roster we have nearly completed, I am confident the Rebels will play at a competitive level an...


    The Valley League All-Decade Teams

    Date:12/20/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    As a decade-end celebration, All Things Valley League has named an All-Decade first and second team of players who performed the best in their summer season: First Team Catcher: Brad Zebedis, Strasburg 2011. The league MVP in Strasburg’s inaugural season, Zebedis hit .420/.490/.638 in 174 at-bats, with 19 doubles, two triples, five home runs, and a 22/20 BB/K ratio. First Base: ...


    The 2019 Valley League Annual is Now Available to Order

    Date:12/06/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The 2019 Valley League Annual is now available to purchase! Coming in at 85,000 words and 265+ pages, the Annual is an awesome early Christmas gift and keepsake for all fans and former players of the Valley League. The PDF includes: A foreward by VBL commissioner Bruce Alger Results from every single game played in 2019 Top hitters, starting pitchers, and relief pitchers 2019 top...


    Staunton Braves Name 2020 Coaching Staff

    Date:12/04/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The Braves have their coaching staff in place for the 2020 summer. Tyrie Blalock will be back for his second summer as head coach. Tyrie is in his first season as a grad assistant at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., where he is responsible for player development. Jeff Scott will also be back for his second summer as an assistant. Jeff is in his first season as a grad assistant at...


    Two Former Valley Leaguers Named All-World

    Date:11/19/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    Two former Valley Leaguers have been named to the All-World Team by the World Baseball Softball Confederation after the Premier12 tournament finished on Sunday, November 17. Brandon Dickson (New Market 2006) was named to the team at relief pitcher, after saving three games and striking out at least two batters in each of his five appearances. Dickson has been pitching in Japan since 2013, ...


    Eight Former Valley Leaguers in MLB Postseason

    Date:10/01/2019   Source:Valley League Baseball  

    The major league playoffs begin tonight with the National League wild card game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals. While there is only one former Valley Leaguer who might appear in that game, there are seven more on the other playoff-bound squads. (And these guys might not be on the playoff roster, but they were all with the major league club at the end of the 2019 regular se...