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Valley Baseball League Week Seven Awards (7/22/08)


VBL Week Seven Players of the Week

Max Most, Staunton, OF, Jr., Port Washington, N.Y. (Old Dominion)
Most was an on-base machine for the Braves, reaching safely in 20 of 29 plate appearances for a .690 on-base percentage. The ODU Monarch led the league with a .571 batting average, going 12-for-21 with two doubles. He scored seven runs, drove in four, and led the league with eight walks. Adding to his arsenal, Most also shared the league lead with six steals. For the season, he is batting .364 with 25 runs, 10 doubles, 15 RBIs, 21 walks, 19 steals, and a .447 on-base percentage.

Marcus Nidiffer, Covington, C, Jr., Bristol, Tenn. (Kentucky)
Nidiffer had his power on display, belting four home runs to lead the league. He hit .409 (9-for-22) and led the VBL with 10 runs scored. He also drove in eight and ranked second with a .955 slugging percentage and 21 total bases. He added six walks for a .552 on-base percentage. For the season, Nidiffer is hitting .330 with 27 runs, four doubles, nine home runs, and 23 RBIs. The Wildcat catcher leads Covington with a .692 slugging mark and .452 on-base percentage.

Jeff Jefferson, Luray, OF, Fr., Dry Fork, Va. (Liberty)
Looking at his four league games last week, Jefferson turned in a solid performance. However, factor in his production in Luray’s exhibition win over the Vienna Senators of the Clark Griffith League and his numbers become even more impressive. Altogether, he hit .455 (10-for-22) with seven runs, four home runs, and a league-best 11 RBIs. He slugged 1.000 and had a .500 on-base percentage. Against Vienna, he went 3-for-4 with three runs, three RBIs, and two home runs in Luray’s 12-4 win, stats that will not factor into Jefferson’s official VBL season numbers. For the year, the Liberty Flame is hitting .343 with eight doubles, eight homers, 31 runs, 26 RBIs, and a .582 slugging mark.

VBL Week Seven Pitchers of the Week

Billy Morrison, Winchester, RHP, Jr., Novi, Mich. (Western Michigan)
Morrison tossed a five-hit shutout in a 4-0 road victory at Harrisonburg last week. In addition to the five hits, the Bronco right hander issued two walks while striking out 10. Opponents hit .161 against him in the effort, his fourth start of the season. Overall, Morrison stands at 2-1 with a 0.69 ERA in 26 innings with 28 strikeouts and just five walks.

Jake Cowan, Waynesboro, RHP, So., Reston, Va. (Virginia)
Cowan went the distance in a 5-2 win over Covington while allowing just three hits. He struck out 11 and walked four while limiting the Lumberjacks to a .097 average, the best in the league for the week. He also pitched the 10th inning in Waynesboro’s 1-0 exhibition win over the Vienna Senators of the Clark Griffith League and earned the victory with one strikeout in the Generals’ walk-off win. For the season, the Cavalier righty is 3-1 with a 2.86 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings.

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