Valley League

Wielansky, Sutera lead 2017 All-VBL selections

Charlottesville’s Michael Wielansky and Purcellville’s Thomas Sutera took home the major awards as the Valley Baseball League announced its 2017 All-VBL teams Friday afternoon. Front Royal, New Market, Strasburg and Woodstock combined to land a total of 15 players on the first and second ...

Rebels, Express set for playoff showdown

New Market and Strasburg are ready for the Valley Baseball League playoffs and a match-up with each other. The Rebels will host the Express tonight in the start of a best-of-3 series in the opening round of the North Division playoffs. New Market has won four of five meetings this season with ...

Valley League goes 2-0 in Southern Collegiate Showcase

The Valley Baseball League didn’t have a shot to claim the championship at this past weekend’s Southern Collegiate Showcase in North Carolina due to poor weather that forced alteration of the schedule, but the league’s group of 30 all-stars still put on a strong showing. The VBL went ...

Host family excited to host Rebel

NEW MARKET -- Chase Sudduth doesn't have any siblings, but when he came to New Market to play for the Rebels in the Valley Baseball League he gained three. Sudduth is hosted by Will and Keisha Gangwer, of New Market, and their three children, Reice, 12, Harper, 4, and Finleigh, 1. "They ...

Versatile Sudduth making impact with New Market

NEW MARKET -- When Zac Cole was in a Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association meeting this past spring, Gordon State College baseball coach Travis McClanahan gave a speech about why Chase Sudduth should be the Player of the Year. He was so convincing that Cole decided he needed to have him on ...

Peek performance: Express right-hander ranks among VBL’s best this summer

STRASBURG – Zach Peek was eyeing a job as a weekend starting pitcher as he entered his freshman year with Winthrop University’s baseball team last year, but said Monday that he lacked the mental toughness required to hold down a spot as one of the Eagles’ regular starters. Instead, a ...

VBL Notebook: Offensive depth keys Rebels success this season

NEW MARKET -- New Market sits in second place in the Valley Baseball League standings, and a big part of the reason is the depth the Rebels have offensively. New Market is fourth in the league in batting average (.278) and the Rebels lead the league with 19 home runs. "Our lineup is really ...

Local VBL reps eager for shot at baseball showcase event

STRASBURG – Major League Baseball has for some time been pushing collegiate summer leagues to collectively form regional all-star events in order to amass college talent in centralized areas for scouting purposes, according to Butch Barnes, the director of baseball operations for the ...

North Division race still wide open ahead of VBL all-star weekend

The Valley Baseball League’s brief all-star break is coming up this weekend to mark the unofficial midway point of the 2017 season and while clear playoff frontrunners have emerged in the South Division, the status of the North is far less certain. All six North Division teams entered ...

Lemish steps down as Valley Baseball League commissioner

Donald Lemish has stepped down from his post as president and commissioner of the Valley Baseball League, he confirmed in a phone interview Monday afternoon. Lemish, who officially took over the role as former VBL President Dave Biery’s successor following the 2012 season, made the move to ...

Alger elected as new VBL president

There was a point several years ago when Bruce Alger, the longtime president and general manager of the New Market Rebels, said he began to entertain the idea of one day becoming commissioner of the Valley Baseball League. At the time, though, he felt he wasn’t quite ready to take on the ...

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 ...

Woodstock’s Hyman stands out on and off the field

WOODSTOCK -- There are plenty of things that make Danton Hyman stand out on and off the field. The Woodstock River Bandit's energy and enthusiasm is noticeable to his teammates and coaches and anyone who meets him. His ability to run down balls and make plays in centerfield are followed by ...

Aleywine is ‘Mr. Clutch’ for Rebels this season

NEW MARKET -- Whenever the New Market Rebels have needed a big hit this season, there's one player they've been able to count on -- Alec Aleywine. The Rebel, who has batted either fourth or fifth in the lineup all season, has come up big in big situations to help put New Market in second ...

Versatile Canzone leads way for Cardinals

FRONT ROYAL -- Dominic Canzone had a strong season in his first year of college, and now he's continuing that in the Valley Baseball League. The Front Royal Cardinal outfielder can do a little bit of everything on the field. "Offensively, he's about the closest thing to a five-tool player ...

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 ...