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Valley League

Balanced Cardinals enjoying best record in VBL

FRONT ROYAL – Front Royal has been sitting firmly in first place in the Valley Baseball League’s North Division all season and the Cardinals have done it by being solid with both offense and pitching. The Cardinals have the best record in the entire league at 10-3, and head coach Zeke ...

Offense big strength for Express this season

STRASBURG - The bats are starting to come to life for the Strasburg Express and head coach Anthony Goncalves hopes more and more wins will soon follow. The Express started the season off slowly with five losses, but have won two of their last three Valley Baseball League contests led by a ...

River Bandits off to slow start in Valley Baseball League

WOODSTOCK - The Woodstock River Bandits are off to a rocky start in the Valley Baseball League this season. The River Bandits have lost seven straight games, and head coach Greg Keaton said there is still time to turn things around, but they need to do it soon. “There’s not much to be ...

Cole excited for third season with Rebels

NEW MARKET – Zac Cole has become the veteran Valley Baseball League coach in the area. The New Market skipper is entering his third season at the helm of the Rebels, and he said he enjoys the league, the management team and the community. “The town of New Market treats me really well,” ...

Year in Review: Winning storylines abound for area sports in 2017

The 2017 calendar year in local sports brought with it an abundance of storylines. Below are the top 10 sports stories, listed chronologically, of this pastyear as selected by The Northern Virginia Daily sports staff. JMU wins The James Madison University football team kicked off the 2017 ...

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 ...