Valley League

Express returnees back to chase a third straight VBL title

STRASBURG – Ben Dum, a right-hander from Virginia Commonwealth University, played an integral part in Strasburg’s run to its second straight Valley Baseball League championship last summer. Dum started seven games during the regular season in 2016, going 4-0 for the Express with a ...

New approach leading to success for Rebels

NEW MARKET -- New Market Rebels head coach Zac Cole decided to take a different approach to his offense this season and so far it's working out well. Last year Cole said he tried to get players who could hit for power, but this season he wanted some more speed. "We tried to find some guys ...

Four former Rebels headed to VBL Hall of Fame

NEW MARKET -- Four former New Market Rebels will be inducted into the Valley Baseball League's Hall of Fame this season. They are among a group of seven new inductees. The 2017 former Rebel inductees are John Kruk, Sam Perlozzo, Marion 'Bo' Trumbo and Maynard 'Mo' Weber. The rest of the 2017 ...

Thompson excited to be back with River Bandits

WOODSTOCK -- Will Thompson had plenty of success as a player for the Woodstock River Bandits. This year he hopes to have success as the head coach of the Valley Baseball League team. Thompson, who played for the River Bandits in 2014, is in his first year coaching the team. Greg Keaton was ...

Strasburg has high expectations for Valley League season

STRASBURG -- It's a new season, many new faces, but expectations are still high for the Strasburg Express. The two-time defending Valley Baseball League champions are off to a slow start, but still optimistic about the season. "It's early. We gotta finish getting some players up in to town ...

Cardinals off to strong start in VBL

FRONT ROYAL -- The Front Royal Cardinals have good reason for high expectations this season. The Cardinals fell just short of making the Valley Baseball League Championship series last year, losing to Strasburg in the North Division finals. This year the Cardinals have a lot of depth and ...

Rebel Park to host four Division III games this weekend

A tradition will be continued this weekend at Rebel Park in New Market. There will be three different Division III baseball schools from out of the area playing against each other on Saturday and Sunday at Rebel Park. The University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, (Pennsylvania), will be the host ...

Express, Cardinals announce new coaches for upcoming VBL season

The Strasburg Express thought they had found their 2017 head coach when they announced the hiring of Gary McClure on Jan. 13, but Strasburg was soon back on the hunt for a new manager when McClure recently informed the team he had accepted a head coaching job in the American Association of ...

Three local VBL teams to debut new coaches this summer

Three of the four local Valley Baseball League teams will operate under new head coaches this summer. The Strasburg Express announced last week that Gary McClure will coach the team in 2017, several months after Woodstock hired Greg Keaton to replace one-and-done manager Kyle Ward in ...

Rebel Park to be new home for Valley Baseball League Hall of Fame

NEW MARKET – The Valley Baseball League inducted its first Hall of Fame class this past year and now the Hall of Fame has a home – New Market’s Rebel Park. VBL President and Commissioner Don Lemish announced Wednesday at a New Market Rotary Club meeting at The Shenvalee Resort ...

Strasburg Express ranked No. 8 in nation

STRASBURG – The Valley Baseball League season has been over for several weeks, but the honors keep rolling in for the league champion Strasburg Express. The Express finished ranked No. 8 in the country in the Collegiate Summer Baseball Top 35 final rankings. Strasburg manager Butch Barnes ...

Express one win away from consecutive VBL titles

STRASBURG – Ryan Johnson received a text message from Strasburg Express assistant coach David Kopp a couple days before Game 1 of the Valley Baseball League championship series against Waynesboro on Thursday night. The relief pitcher had yet to see action in the playoffs for the ...

Express win second straight VBL championship

WAYNESBORO – The Strasburg Express are once again the Valley Baseball League champions. Seeking its second title in as many seasons in Friday’s Game 2 of the VBL championship series against Waynesboro, Strasburg rallied from a four-run deficit with five in the top of the seventh inning, ...

Napleton’s six RBIs power Cardinals past Express

FRONT ROYAL – Regardless of the outcome of Tuesday night’s Valley Baseball League playoff game against Strasburg, the Front Royal Cardinals knew their season would soon come to an end, and catcher Marty Napleton said the team is simply enjoying each other’s company as the season draws ...

James, Scott propel Express into VBL Finals

STRASBURG – Strasburg used a strong pitching effort from Keegan James and a solid offense on Wednesday to take advance to its third Valley Baseball League Championship series in four years. The Express scored four runs in three separate innings en route to a 12-4 victory over Front ...

Cardinals’ Valdes named VBL Pitcher of the Year

STRASBURG – Front Royal had the best pitching staff in the Valley Baseball League this summer, and now the Cardinals can claim the league’s top pitcher as well. Cardinals left-hander Erne Valdes was announced Monday as the VBL’s Pitcher of the Year, as voted on by media and team ...

Express continues success at home with playoff win over Cardinals

STRASBURG – First Bank Park continued to be a very friendly venue for the Strasburg Express in the first game of the Valley Baseball League North Division championship series against Front Royal on Monday night. Strasburg, the North’s regular season champion, raced out to an early ...

Express cruise past Cannons in playoff opener

STRASBURG -- Strasburg didn't lose any momentum it had entering the postseason. The Express dominated Purcellville in every phase of the game for a 16-6 victory Friday in Game 1 of the Valley Baseball League playoff quarterfinals. "It was a real good game by us," said Strasburg's ...

Wiley leading way for Cardinals

FRONT ROYAL – Zac Wiley had a tough decision to make in high school. The current Front Royal Cardinal was ready to commit to the University of Kentucky to play baseball. The day he was ready to commit to Kentucky, he was contacted by Bellarmine University assistant coach Terry Davis, who ...

Express, Cardinals set for VBL playoff action

STRASBURG – Strasburg has followed up its 2015 Valley Baseball League championship performance quite nicely so far this summer. The Express established themselves as one of the premier teams in the VBL from the start of the 2016 season, and spent nearly the entire summer perched atop the ...