Rebels, Express lead North with five VBL all-star selections
The New Market Rebels and the Strasburg Express each landed five players on the 2017 Valley Baseball League All-Star Game North Division roster, according to an announcement released Monday afternoon by the league. The Front Royal Cardinals and Woodstock River Bandits will each have four players representing the North at the annual all-star game, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. next Sunday at James Madison University’s Veterans Memorial Park.
The four local Valley League teams combined to net 18 of the North Division’s 25 all-star selections, which also include four players from Purcellville and three from Winchester. Purcellville’s Brett Fuller will manage the North squad.
The South Division, coached by Charlottesville’s Corey Hunt, features 25 players from Charlottesville, Covington, Harrisonburg, Staunton and Waynesboro.
All-star game managers were pulled from the division leaders through this past Sunday’s games.
New Market will be well-represented in the infield next weekend with catcher Jake Washer, first baseman Alec Aleywine, second baseman Chase Suddeth and third baseman Nick Barber joining right-hander Nate Pawelczyk as all-star selections.
Strasburg right-handed pitchers Lawson Humphries and Zach Peek, catcher Jake Perry, shortstop Simon Landry and outfielder Brandon Quaranta will represent the Express.
Front Royal’s four all-star selections include left-handed pitchers Joshua Andrews and Ryan Ruggles and outfielders Dominic Canzone and Luc Lipcius, and Woodstock right-hander Nick Fuchs, second baseman Derrick Herd, shortstop Cash Gladfelter and outfielder Danton Hyman will be the Bandits’ representatives.
Hyman is the lone returning VBL all-star selection from last season, according to the release.
Prior to the game’s first pitch, batting practice and autograph/photo sessions for young fans will take place from 3:10 p.m.-4:45 p.m., followed by the 60-yard dash contest at 4:50 p.m. and the Home Run Derby at 5:20 p.m.
Contestants for the Home Run Derby have yet to be announced.
The second class of the Valley Baseball League Hall of Fame also will be introduced prior to the game at 7 p.m. The 2017 inductees are Wayne Comer, John Kruk, Claude “C.C.” Michael, Sam Perlozzo, Earl Shirkey, Marion “Bo” Trumbo and Maynard “Mo” Weber.
LHP: Joshua Andrews, Front Royal, Grand Canyon University
RHP: Nick Fuchs, Woodstock, Gannon University
RHP: Lawson Humphries, Strasburg, Georgia Southern University
RHP: Christopher Koppenhaver, Winchester, Broward College
RHP: Nate Pawelczyk, New Market, Winthrop University
RHP: Zach Peek, Strasburg, Winthrop University
LHP: Ryan Ruggles, Front Royal, Alabama-Birmingham
RHP: Thomas Sutera, Purcellville, Siena College
RHP: Dalton Whitaker, Purcellville, Winthrop University
C: Jake Perry, Strasburg, Lipscomb University
C: Jake Washer, New Market, East Carolina University
1B: Alec Aleywine, New Market, Gulf Coast Community College
1B: Trevin Esquerra, Purcellville, Loyola Marymount University
2B: Derrick Herd, Woodstock, University of Findlay
2B: Chase Suddeth, New Market, North Georgia College
SS: Cash Gladfelter, Woodstock, Shippensburg University
SS: Simon Landry, Strasburg, Pearl River Community College
3B: Nick Barber, New Market, East Carolina University
3B: Alejandro Rivero, Winchester , Broward College
OF: Dominic Canzone, Front Royal, Ohio State University
OF: Danton Hyman, Woodstock, Newberry College
OF: Luc Lipcius, Front Royal, University of Tennessee
OF: Brandon Quaranta, Strasburg, Philadelphia University
OF: Sheldon Reed, Purcellville, Clemson University
OF: Cody Wilson, Winchester, Florida Atlantic University
Head Coach: Brett Fuller
RHP Jordan Cox, Staunton, University of Dayton
RHP: Chris Farish, Harrisonburg, Wake Forest University
RHP: Davis Kirkpatrick, Harrisonburg, East Carolina University
RHP: Sean McCracken, Charlottesville, Johns Hopkins University
RHP: Deacon Medders, Staunton, University of Alabama
LHP: Nate Schweers, Covington, Oakland University
RHP: Rick Spiers, Charlottesville, Randolph-Macon College
RHP Mason Studstill, Harrisonburg, Eastern Florida State College
RHP: Daniel Tolano, Waynesboro, Tennessee Wesleyan College
C: Tony Beam, Harrisonburg, Texas-San Antonio
C: Brandon Johnson, Charlottesville, University of Richmond
1B: Luke Robinson, Waynesboro, Western Carolina University
1B: Vinnie Pasquantino, Charlottesville, Old Dominion University
2B: Payton Robertson, Staunton, Lamar University
2B: Mike Wielansky, Charlottesville, College of Wooster
SS: Joseph Bellini, Waynesboro, University of Kentucky
SS: Antwaun Tucker, Staunton, Longwood University
3B: Bruce Strickland, Covington, Felician College
3B: Brendan Venter, Harrisonburg, Auburn University
OF: Ty Andrus, Harrisonburg, Wingate University
OF: Kyle Battle, Charlottesville, Old Dominion University
OF: McClain Bradley, Waynesboro, Wofford College
OF: Jay Charleston, Staunton, University of Tennessee
OF: Zach Evers, Waynesboro, Elon University
OF: Caleb Walls, Covington, George Mason University
Head Coach: Corey Hunt