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Valley Baseball League

The Valley Baseball League is an NCAA and MLB-sanctioned collegiate summer baseball league in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia.[1] Each Valley Baseball League season consists of 44 games played during summer.

Valley Baseball League
Sport Baseball
Founded 1923
Motto "Gateway to the majors"
No. of teams 11
Country  United States
Most recent
champion(s)
Charlottesville Tom Sox
Official website Valley Baseball League

The league was started in 1923 and sanctioned by the NCAA in 1961. It has been a wooden bat league since 1993. It is one of eight leagues in the National Alliance of Collegiate Summer Baseball. The VBL is funded in part by a grant from Major League Baseball. The Valley League has produced well over 1,000 professional baseball players, including a record 79 former players drafted in the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

In 2007, The Valley Baseball League expanded to include one new team with the addition of the Fauquier Gators. Another team was planned to be added in Lexington, Virginia but difficulties with the lighting system delayed the team's addition to the league. The VBL announced in July 2008 that the Rockbridge Rapids would start play in the 2009 season, but the team folded a couple years later. In 2011 the Strasburg Express entered the league and in 2015 the Charlottesville Tom Sox entered the league.[2]

Contents

TeamsEdit

Valley League Playoff SeriesEdit

Quarterfinals:

 #1 vs. #8  (Best 2 of 3 games)
 #2 vs. #7  (Best 2 of 3 games)
 #3 vs. #6  (Best 2 of 3 games)
 #4 vs. #5  (Best 2 of 3 games)

Semifinals:

 Highest Remaining Seed Vs. Lowest Remaining Seed  (Best 2 of 3 games)
 Next Highest Seed vs. Next Lowest Seed  (Best 2 of 3 games)

Championship:

 Highest Remaining Seed vs. Other Remaining Seed  (Best 2 of 3 games)

VBL ChampionsEdit

Year VBL Champion
2017 Charlottesville
2016 Strasburg
2015 Strasburg
2014 Waynesboro
2013 Waynesboro
2012 Harrisonburg
2011 Covington
2010 Luray
2009 Haymarket
2008 Luray
2007 Waynesboro
2006 Luray
2005 Covington
2004 Winchester
2003 Winchester
2002 New Market
2001 Winchester
2000 Harrisonburg
1999 Staunton
1998 Waynesboro
1997 Winchester
1996 Staunton
1995 Staunton
1994 New Market
1993 Winchester
1992 Winchester
1991 Harrisonburg
1990 Winchester
1989 New Market
1988 Waynesboro
1987 Winchester
1986 Front Royal
1985 Staunton
1984 Waynesboro
1983 Winchester
1982 Winchester
1981 Winchester
1980 Winchester
1979 Winchester
1978 Madison
1977 Harrisonburg
1976 Staunton
1975 Madison
1974 Shenandoah
1973 Shenandoah
1972 Shenandoah
1971 Harrisonburg
1970 Harrisonburg
1969 Harrisonburg
1968 Luray
1967 Luray
1966 Luray
1965 Luray
1964 Harrisonburg
1963 Shenandoah
1962 Harrisonburg
1961 Shenandoah
1960 Shenandoah
1959 Harrisonburg
1958 Harrisonburg
1957 Staunton
1956 Elkton
1955 Harrisonburg
1954 Staunton

Championships per teamEdit

(in alphabetical order)

  • Charlottesville -1
  • Covington -2
  • Elkton -1
  • Front Royal -1
  • Haymarket -1
  • Harrisonburg -12
  • Luray-7
  • Madison -2
  • New Market -3
  • Shenandoah -6
  • Staunton -6
  • Strasburg -2
  • Waynesboro -6
  • Winchester -13
  • Not all teams have been with VBL since 1954. Throughout its history, teams have been removed and added.

The summer of 2008 was highlighted by a promotion called Around the Valley in 60 Days. This promotion was started by Crystal Clear Delivery and S. Carter Studios and encouraged patrons to visit all 11 parks in the 60-day season. The program was deemed a huge success as some fifty fans completed the program and attended all 11 ballparks.

Notable playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fisher, Marc (June 16, 2004). "Perfect Pitch". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tom Sox Chosen as Name of Charlottesville's New VBL Team". NBC29.com. February 5, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2015. 

External linksEdit