Well, you see the title- no fewer than seven former Valley Leaguers performed well on the mound on Friday. Let’s take a look:
- Tyler Bielamowicz (Waynesboro 2018), from Houston, threw 6 excellent innings against Arizona, allowing only 2 hits, 1 earned run, 0 walks, and struck out 5. Tyler, who almost threw a perfect game last summer, is now 0-0, 4.32, with 6 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings pitched. He was the 5th best starter in the league.
- Tyler’s reliever, Fred Villarreal (Waynesboro 2018), threw the last three innings of this game, did not allow a hit or run, and struck out 2. He received the win, and is now 1-0, 0.00 in 10 1/3 innings, while allowing only 4 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 8. He was the league’s 4th best starter last summer.
- Evan Justice (Charlottesville 2018) threw 4 shutout innings in relief for NC State against Kent State. Evan has not been scored upon yet this spring, and he’s 1-0, 0.00, with 8 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings pitched.
- Former New Market Rebel Mathew Oset (2016) fired 3 shutout innings for New Orleans against Chicago State, allowing 2 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 6. He has appeared in 3 games so far, and is 1-0, 1.08, with 11 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings pitched.
- Reeves Martin (New Market 2018) threw the 9th inning in the same game as Oset, for New Orleans, and struck out the side. Reeves is now 0-0, 3.00, with 3 K’s in 3 innings.
- Charleston Southern’s Tyler Weekley (New Market 2015) struck out 9 batters in 5 1/3 innings, while walking zero against Georgia State. After two starts, he’s 0-1, 3.97, with 15 K’s in 11 1/3 innings pitched. Interestingly, he gave up a home run to former Turk Elian Merejo (2018).
- Last but not least, Omaha’s Payton Kinney (Waynesboro 2017) threw 5 excellent innings against Seattle. He gave up 3 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, and struck out 8. It was his first appearance of the year. Payton was the Valley League’s 10th best starter in 2017.
Congrats to all seven!