Besides Bethune-Cookman’s Brandon Wilkes (Staunton 2018), covered yesterday, three more Valley League alums were named players of the week in their respective conferences.

First if all, former Strasburg Express and current La Salle Explorer Jackson Ray (2017) was named the Philly Big 5 Pitcher of the Week after throwing 7 shutout innings against Rider last week. The lefty allowed only 5 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 7 in the contest, and is now 1-1, 4.91 after 11 innings this year. (The “Big 5” is a Philadelphia thing- it’s an informal group of five universities in the Philadelphia area. The schools are Penn, La Salle, Saint Joseph’s, Temple, and Villanova.)

Secondly, Richmond’s DJ Lee, who played in Charlottesville in 2016, was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week. Lee was instrumental in the Spiders’ sweep of Bowling Green over the weekend, going 6-12, with 4 runs, 7 RBIs, 3 walks, a stolen base, 2 doubles, and a triple. Overall, he’s hitting 421/538/632 in 19 total at-bats, with 9 runs, 9 RBIs, and a 6/4 BB/K ratio. He’s leading the Spiders in batting average, on-base percentage, runs, and triples.

Last but not least, former New Market Rebel (2018) Nick Cottone, a senior at Empire, is Pitcher of the Week for the Empire 8 Conference. Back on Monday, February 18th, Nick threw 6 excellent innings against Greensboro, allowing 2 hits, 1 earned run, 4 walks, and struck out 4 to earn the win. It’s his only appearance so far this season. (Thanks for the heads-up, Dennis!)

Congrats to all!