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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

VBL Week Two Pitchers of the Week


Tucker Pryor, Front Royal Cardinals, RHP, So., Orlando. Fla. (North Florida)

The sophomore from North Florida pitched a complete game against the Woodstock River Bandits, allowing just five hits while striking out 12. Pryor also pitched against the Staunton Braves with an impressive 14 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. By the end of the week Pryor ended up with 26 strikeouts, no walks, a 1.52 ERA, and a .153 opponent average.  For the year, Pryor is 1-1 with a 2.39 ERA and 33 strikeouts.

Donald Howell, Staunton Braves, RHP, So., King George, Va. (Bluefield)

Howell pitched 7 2/3 innings over three outings with 27 at bats and only five hits. He ended the week with 12 strikeouts. Howell’s opponents batting average was just .185 with the only extra-base hit being a double. The Bluefield College righthander is now 1-0 on the season with one unearned run in 11 total innings and 18 strikeouts.

VBL Week Two Players of the Week

Brad Roberts, Woodstock River Bandits, 2B, Jr., Tampa, Fla. (Florida Golf Coast)

As a junior from Florida Golf Coast University, Roberts made a quick impact on the River Bandits team. In the three games he has played, he’s posted a .538 batting average, going 7-for-13 with a double and a home run. He’s scored four runs to go along with his two RBIs and one stolen base.

Brandon Sizemore, Waynesboro Generals, 2B, Jr., Bryceville, Fla. (Charleston)

In his first week with Waynesboro as a returning player from last year’s championship team, Sizemore had a batting average of .455 with five hits, three runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and five RBI’s. His slugging average was the best in the VBL for the week at 1.182. He was tied for first with the most home runs this week and came in third for the best on-base percentage.

Valley League Players, Pitchers of the Week (6/10/08)

Lance Baxter, Staunton Braves, LHP, So., Silverhill, Ala. (South Alabama)
Baxter fired a no-hitter in Staunton’s 2-0 victory over Waynesboro on Thursday, July 5. The University of South Alabama lefty faced just one batter over the minimum in his complete-game effort, allowing runners to reach on a walk and an error with one of them picked off. Baxter struck out seven while firing the league’s first no-hitter since Paul Burnside of Winchester threw a perfect game in his first Valley League appearance in June of 2006. Continue reading Valley League Players, Pitchers of the Week (6/10/08)