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Valley League

River Bandits hire Bocock as head coach

WOODSTOCK - After setting a franchise record for losses, Woodstock River Bandits management wanted to find a head coach who could help turns things around – and they found him. Legendary Valley Baseball League head coach Mike Bocock will take the reins next season for the River ...

Rebels’ resolve culminates in first Valley League title in 16 years

NEW MARKET – Throughout New Market’s surge during the season's second half, manager Zac Cole repeatedly spoke of his team’s determination to win ballgames. That determination ultimately propelled the Rebels to the top of the Valley Baseball League. New Market’s resolve was on display ...

New Market outfielder Eyster wins Valley League MVP

New Market outfielder Andrew Eyster, whose arrival two weeks into the season helped turn the Rebels’ offense into one of the best in the Valley Baseball League, has claimed the VBL’s top postseason accolade. The soon-to-be South Carolina Gamecock was named the Valley League’s 2018 Most ...

Rebels reach VBL championship series for first time since 2005

The New Market Rebels are back in the Valley Baseball League championship series for the first time in 13 years. New Market, which has emerged as the league’s hottest team at precisely the right time, ran its winning streak to 11 straight games with a victory over Winchester to cap a ...

More consistency, creativity have Rebels getting hot at the right time

After spending much of the summer struggling to play much better than .500 ball, the New Market Rebels have emerged as one of the hottest teams in the Valley Baseball League’s North Division at the season’s critical stage. The Rebels entered Wednesday having won eight of their last 11 ...

Express looking to make big playoff push in final week of VBL season

STRASBURG - The Strasburg Express have an uphill climb to make if they want to take the final playoff spot in the North Division of the Valley Baseball League. The Express, who have been in the VBL championship game the last three seasons, are three games out of the fourth and final playoff ...

VBL extends season by two days

The weather is sure to have an effect on the final week of the regular season in the Valley Baseball League. The league announced on Sunday that the regular season would be extended for two extra days to give teams a chance to play as many games as possible. The regular season was supposed to ...

Versatile Griswold doing a bit of everything for Cardinals this summer

FRONT ROYAL – Rob Griswold was a middle infielder, one who’d seen sparse action in only 14 games as a freshman at Long Island University Brooklyn in 2017, when the Milford, Connecticut, native made a switch this past spring that has changed the course of his college baseball career. The ...

Strasburg Notebook: Express running out of time to make playoff push

STRASBURG – Strasburg isn’t quite out of the Valley Baseball League playoff picture with a week remaining in the regular season, but time is rapidly working against the Express. Following Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Charlottesville, Strasburg was four games back of New Market for the ...

Valley League puts together another strong outing at showcase

The Valley Baseball League’s squad of traveling all-stars arrived at the Southern Collegiate Showcase in North Carolina on Monday looking to grab a pair of victories in the two-day event. The VBL didn’t quite get the two wins they were hunting, but the league left the event without a loss ...

Front Royal Notebook: Cardinals lose grip on division lead during recent slide

FRONT ROYAL – Front Royal ruled the Valley Baseball League’s North Division for most of the summer season, but the Cardinals have lost their grip on the top spot in the standings with the end of the regular season fast approaching. Entering Tuesday, Front Royal had lost four straight games ...

Shenandoah County schools retaining most of head coaches this season

Last year, the three Shenandoah County schools had many varsity head coaching positions to fill. This summer things couldn't be more different. Central, Stonewall Jackson, and Strasburg will have a combined two new varsity coaches this season, a drastic change from the last few years when ...

New Market Notebook: Rebels still searching for consistency

NEW MARKET - All season long New Market Rebels head coach Zac Cole has been looking for consistency for his team and with the playoffs just around the corner that hasn't changed. The fourth-place Rebels are 16-16 on the season, four games behind first-place Front Royal and Purcellville in the ...

Valley League hunting wins in Southern Collegiate Showcase

At its core, the Southern Collegiate Showcase is an opportunity for participating summer collegiate baseball leagues to show off some of their top professional prospects and get those players some added exposure. That’s not to say that those competing aren’t doing so to win, however. For ...

Strasburg’s Hayes applying the pressure to opposing VBL teams this summer

STRASBURG – Strasburg Express manager Anthony Goncalves recently referred to center fielder Justin Hayes as the “Ichiro of the Valley Baseball League.” Such a comparison to a Major League Baseball star – and one destined for a spot in baseball’s Hall of Fame, no less – is a lofty ...

Cardinals facing tough schedule to end season

FRONT ROYAL - The Front Royal Cardinals have a long and tough road ahead of them. Counting this week's games, the Valley Baseball League squad has to play 20 games in 19 days. The Cardinals played a doubleheader on Monday, the day after the league's All-Star game, and then played another one ...

Eyster bringing pop to Rebels during latest stop on path to pro career

NEW MARKET – For Andrew Eyster, the 2018 college baseball season was an opportunity to make a statement. Eyster, a native of Ocala, Florida, had enjoyed a stellar senior season at Forest High School in 2017 – during which he hit .530 with six homers and 35 RBIs – and yet had, to that ...

Added power helps Front Royal’s Burden win Home Run Derby

FRONT ROYAL - Before the season started Front Royal Cardinals head coach Zeke Mitchem wanted each of his players to tell him what they wanted to improve on during the Valley Baseball League this summer. For first baseman Andrew Burden it was to become more powerful at the plate - mission ...