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.

NORTH ROSTER

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

SOUTH ROSTER

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

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