River Bandits land four on VBL prospect list

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Four members of the Valley Baseball League’s Woodstock River Bandits are listed among the top 40 professional prospects according to rankings released by Perfect Game USA on Thursday.

Outfielder Kyri Washington (16th), pitcher Campbell Henkel (27th), pitcher Matt Hockenberry (39th) and outfielder Steve Karkenny (40th) made the list.

New Market pitcher Aaron Cressley (fifth) secured the top ranking among area VBL teams, and was joined by fellow Rebels Brandon Gum (eighth) and T.J. Costen (20th) in the top-40 list.

Front Royal had two players named — pitchers Jordan DeLorenzo (22nd) and Dalton Potts (37th), and Strasburg had just one in VBL Most Valuable Player Jordan Tarsovich (11th).

Washington, who plays collegiately at Longwood University, batted .234 with five home runs and 13 RBIs for the River Bandits. He also stole a team-high 12 bases.

Henkel, a left-hander from VMI, was 5-0 in nine appearances (eight starts) covering 49 innings. He struck out 41 while compiling a 2.20 ERA.

Hockenberry, a right-hander from Temple, was 2-1 in eight appearances (seven starts). He struck out 32 and posted an ERA of 1.77 for the Bandits.

Karkenny, an outfielder from The Master’s (Calif.) College, batted .252 with five homers and 16 RBIs.

For New Market, Cressley emerged as the staff ace after compiling a sparkling 0.62 ERA in 43 innings. The right-hander from Pittsburgh-Bradford was 4-0 in seven starts, and struck out 37 batters.

Gum, the Rebels’ starting shortstop who plays collegiately at George Mason, led the team with a .366 batting average and stole 17 bases. Gum drove in 15 runs for New Market.

Costen, an outfielder who recently transferred to South Carolina-Aiken, batted just .227 for New Market. He did steal 13 bases and drove in four runs.

Front Royal had a solid 1-2 left-handed pitching tandem in DeLorenzo and Potts. DeLorenzo, from West Florida College, went 4-3 with two complete games in his eight starts. He struck out 64 in 58 2/3 innings and finished with a 1.68 ERA. Potts, from Tennessee-Martin, was nearly as sharp in his eight starts. He also tallied two complete games and finished with a 2-5 record. In 47 2/3 innings, Potts fanned 43 batters.

Tarsovich had a spectacular season for the Express, winning the league batting title with a .414 average. The VMI product served as Strasburg’s lead-off man and center fielder all season, and drove in 10 runs while scoring 34. Tarsovich also had a pair of homers and stole 13 bases for the Express.

Max Povse, a 6-foot-7 right-hander from North Carolina-Greensboro, topped the list of VBL professional prospects. Povse pitched over the summer for the Staunton Braves.

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