As you know, Brilliant Reader, All Things Valley League tracks both current (although there are NO “current” players at the moment) and former Valley League players.
Last year, Blake Whitney came to the Front Royal Cardinals from USC Upstate, and had an excellent season. In fact, ATVL named him the 13th best starter in the league after he went 3-2, 3.88, with a 1.355 WHIP, 3.7 B/9, and 10.2 K/9 in 48 2/3 innings. Most importantly, though, he led the league with 55 strikeouts.
Blake returned to Upstate for his junior year, and went 5-6, 5.50 with 82 strikeouts in 73 2/3 innings pitched.
Blake has again had an excellent summer. After his college season, he landed with the North Adams SteepleCats of the summer New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). He proceeded to do this: 1-3, 2.07 in 9 starts, 52 innings, 36 hits, 13 walks, and….. 80 strikeouts! Those strikeouts broke a 4-year record for North Adams. He was named player of the week by Collegiate Summer Baseball as well.
That’s pretty awesome, but Blake’s summer wasn’t finished yet. He headed up to the Cape to join the Bourne Braves for the playoff push. He pitched in one game in the regular season, and won it after throwing 2 1/3 shutout innings and striking out 2. Then the playoffs came around, and Blake went 1-0, 0.90 in 2 games (1 start), and struck out 12 more batters in 10 innings pitched, while walking none.
As we know, the Cape is the highest level of Summer Ball in the country, and Blake definitely succeeded there.
Congratulations on your excellent summer, Blake!