Category Archives: Valley League

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

Valley Baseball League Week Six Pitchers and Players of the Week

VBL Week Six Pitchers of the Week

Josh Squatrito
Josh Squatrito

Josh Squatrito, Staunton, RHP, Jr., Willow Street, Pa. (Towson)

Squatrito, from Towson, pitched three scoreless innings last week, holding opponents to one hit while striking out seven of 10 batters faced. The Tiger recorded three saves to share the league lead for the week and had an opponent batting average of .100.  For the season, Squatrito is 1-2 with a 0.92 ERA, seven saves, 17 hits allowed,  and an opponent batting average of .235 in 19 2/3 innings pitched.  Of his 59 outs recorded, 49 have been by strikeout.
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Rockbridge Rapids joins Valley League for 2009 Season

Beginning with the 2009 season, the Valley Baseball League will field 12 teams with the addition of the Rockbridge Rapids. The announcement was made in a special ceremony on Friday, July 11, 2008 in Lexington, Va.

The Rockbridge Rapids will be based in Lexington and will play home games under the newly installed lights at Cap’n Dick Smith Field on the historic campus of Washington and Lee University. The name Rockbridge comes from Rockbridge County in Virginia, which includes the neighboring cities of Lexington and Buena Vista. Continue reading Rockbridge Rapids joins Valley League for 2009 Season

Valley Baseball League Week Five Pitchers and Players of the Week

VBL Week Five Pitchers of the Week

Chris Greiner, Haymarket Senators, RHP, So., West Hartford, Conn. (Hartford)

The sophomore from Hartford pitched a complete game in a 5-1 win over Harrisonburg last week. He had an ERA of 1.00 while allowing six hits with 11 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .182. He ranked first in the league this week for strikeouts. Greiner now has an ERA of 2.45 and is 2-1 for the season. In 36 2/3 innings pitched he has 41 strikeouts and 29 hits against him and one save.

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South forces 5-5 Tie in Valley League All-Star Game

COVINGTON, Va., July 6, 2008 – Harrisonburg first baseman Michael Precise (Troy) hit a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to clinch a 5-5 tie in the 2008 Valley Baseball League All-Star Game at Covington’s Casey Field.

VBL rules do not allow extra innings in all-star games. The tie is the second in the last three years as the 2006 contest was also a tie. The exhibition affair featured 30 total position players and 21 pitchers. Continue reading South forces 5-5 Tie in Valley League All-Star Game

2008 Valley Baseball League South All-Star Team Named

Team Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. El. Hometown (College)
Way 13 Andy Altemus P R/R 6-4 175 So. Morgantown, W.Va. (Potomac State)
Cov 14 Robbie Andrews P R/R 6-3 170 So. Covington, Va. (VCU)
Stau 14 Lance Baxter P L/L 6-0 185 So. Silverhill, Ala. (South Alabama)
NM 26 David Burch P R/R 5-8 180 Jr. Berwick, La. (New Orleans)
Har 5 Landon Camp INF R/R 6-4 215 Jr. Edmond, Okla. (Oklahoma City)
Cov 11 Chris Court P L/R 5-11 175 So. Bryam, Texas. (Hill)
NM 7 Kevin Dietrich OF R/R 5-11 180 Sr. Monroe, N.C. (UNC Pembroke)
Way 35 Jared Dobbs P R/R 6-5 230 So. Ooltewah, Tenn. (Tennessee Tech)
Way 32 Mark Dvoroznak OF R/R 6-2 200 Fr. Westlake, Ohio. (West Virginia)
NM 22 Dan Gentlzer P R/R 6-0 180 Jr. Berwyn, Pa. (Maryland)
Way 7 Jacke Healey SS R/R 6-2 185 So. Tunkhannock, Pa. (Potomac State)
NM 29 Brandon Holloway P L/L 6-3 230 Sr. Midlothian, Va. (Bluefield)
Stau 13 Donovan Huffer SS R/R 6-1 180 So. Churchville, Va. (Concord)
Har 25 Drew Johnson OF R/R 6-2 195 Jr. Reno, Nev. (San Francisco)
Way 11 Adam Liberatore P L/L 6-3 215 Jr. Monaca, Pa. (Tennessee Tech)
Stau 45 Max Most OF L/L 5-11 195 Jr. Port Washington, N.Y. (Old Dominion)
Cov 20 J.J. Muse OF R/R 6-0 194 So. Albuquerque, N.M. (Kansas State)
Cov Marcus Nidiffer C R/R 6-2 200 Jr. Bristol, Tenn. (Kentucky)
Har 14 Garrett Parker P R/R 6-3 195 Jr. Duncanville, Texas. (Oklahoma City)
Cov 39 Mike Pierce P R/R 6-1 195 Kingwood, Texas. (Kansas State)
Har 17 Michael Precise OF/3B/1B R/R 6-0 185 Jr. Geneva, Ala. (Troy)
Way 29 Brandon Sizemore 2B R/R 5-10 205 Jr. Bryceville, Fla. (Charleston)
Cov 9 Nick Spisak IF R/R 5-11 165 Jr. Millersville, Pa. (West Chester)
NM 18 Nick Stanley C L/R 6-2 195 Jr. Seminole, Fla. (North Carolina State)
Stau 38 Josh Squatrito P R/R 6-0 220 Jr. Willow Street, Pa. (Towson)
Way 12 Evan Webb 3B R/R 6-1 200 Jr. Lebanon, Tenn. (Tennessee Tech)

Manager: Lawrence Nesselrodt (Waynesboro)

Assistant Coaches: Andy Chalot (Covington), Bob Wease (Harrisonburg), Nolan Neiman (New Market), Lance Mauck (Staunton)

2008 Valley Baseball League North All-Star Team Named

Team # Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. El. Hometown (College)
Front 6 Casey Albanese SS/3B/2B R/R 5-11 190 Jr. Lithia, Fla. (Tampa)
Wood 20 Jared Bard P L/R 6-2 195 So. Charlotte, N.C. (Richmond)
Wood 25 Cody Brown 3B/1B/C R/R 6-2 205 Jr. Knoxville, Tenn. (Tennessee)
Luray 10 Kyle Cichy P R/R 6-1 170 So. Vineland, N.J. (Virginia Tech)
Win 20 Justin Collop P R/R 6-1 175 So. Wayne, Mich. (Toledo)
Hay 30 Joe Conforti LF/CF L/R 6-1 190 So. Staten Island, N.Y. (Wagner)
Front 30 Kevin Crimmel P R/L 6-2 186 So. Harrisburg, Pa. (Villanova)
Wood 24 Brach Davis P L/L 5-9 210 So. Southaven, Miss. (Memphis)
Win 15 Kyle Galbraith CF/3B R/R 5-9 185 So. Paw Paw, Mich. (Western Michigan)
Fauq 33 Ryan Gauck 1B L/R 6-2 200 So. Clifton Park, N.Y. (Marist)
Fauq 24 Shawn Griffith P R/R 5-11 175 Jr. St Petersburg, Fla. (George Mason)
Hay 27 David Herbek SS R/R 6-2 180 Fr. Gainesville, Va. (James Madison)
Front 7 Jesse Henry IF/OF L/R 6-0 185 So. Front Royal, Va. (Shenandoah)
Hay 16 Ben Hildreth P R/R 6-1 185 Jr. Forest, Va. (Averett)
Fauq P Jon Luke Jacobs P R/L 6-0 180 Fr. Gainestown, Ala. (Auburn)
Luray 9 Jeff Jefferson OF/C R/R 6-1 210 Fr. Dry Fork, Va. (Liberty)
Luray 31 Austin Markel OF L/R 6-1 190 Jr. Elizabethville, Pa. (West Virginia)
Luray 5 Adam McClain INF R/R 6-0 175 Fr. Memphis, Tenn. (Memphis)
Fauq 21 Chad Pierce P/C R/R 6-1 208 So. Fon Du Lac, Wisc. (Arkansas)
Front 27 Tucker Pryor P S/R 6-3 205 So. Orlando, Fla. (North Florida)
Wood 3 Adalberto Santos SS/2B R/R 5-11 195 Jr. Wilmington, N.C. (New Mexico J.C.)
Luray 25 Travis Smink P L/L 6-5 175 Fr. Dalmatia, Pa. (VMI)
Hay 11 Tripp Swann P/1B L/L 6-3 205 So. Montgomery, Ala. (Samford)
Win 19 Tyler Townsend 1B L/R 6-2 215 So. Lewes, Del. (Florida International)
Win 12 Andrew White P R/L 5-10 155 Jr. Goose Creek, S.C. (Charleston Southern)
Win 36 Mickey Wiswall P/3B L/R 6-1 200 Fr. Stoneham, Mass. (Boston College)

Manager: Mike Bocock (Luray)

Assistant Coaches: Paul Koch (Fauquier), Bob Brotherton (Front Royal), Bill Shields (Haymarket), John Lowery (Winchester), Donn Foltz (Woodstock)

VBL Week Four Pitchers and Players of the Week

Drew Rucinski, Luray Wranglers, RHP, Fr. Broken Arrow, Okla. (Ohio State)

Rucinski, a right-handed freshman from Ohio State, had a notable week with eight strikeouts and three hits, all singles, against him while pitching seven innings with a .136 opponent batting average. Rucinski did not allow a run to share the league lead with a 0.00 ERA for the week. For the season, Rucinski has an era of 1.77 and 21 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings pitched. Continue reading VBL Week Four Pitchers and Players of the Week

Valley Baseball League Players of Week 3

VBL Week Three Pitchers of the Week

Adam Liberatore, Waynesboro Generals, LHP, Jr., Monaca, Pa. (Tennessee Tech)

Liberatore, a left-handed junior from Tennessee Tech, ended his week with an impressive 18 strikeouts and only six hits against him while pitching 13 1/3 innings. He was credited with two victories, both combined shutouts, in the two games that he started. He was the only VBL pitcher to earn two wins last week. The Golden Eagle soared high this week while his opponents had a combined batting average of .125 in 48 at bats. Liberatore is now 3-0 with a 0.62 era and 32 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched. Continue reading Valley Baseball League Players of Week 3