The league’s 14th best starter, Calyb King, was sent by his college coach, a man already well known in Valley League circles- Lawrence Nesselrodt, the coach of the 2007 Valley League champion Waynesboro Generals.
King, a 5-foot-10 righthander, didn’t come to play in Waynesboro; he joined Nesselrodt’s assistant coach, Alex Kotheimer, in Covington.
Well, the Jacks got a good one, as King put up the following numbers:
Among pitchers considered for this list, King finished eighth in ERA, and ninth in innings pitched. He was a mid-season All-Star as well.
He had three games where he was lights out:
- His first very good start was on June 3 against Woodstock, when he threw five shutout innings while allowing three hits, two walks, and striking out five to earn the win. It was his first start of the year.
- In his second start, June 12 against Winchester, he threw six shutout, no-hit innings, with three walks, eight strikeouts, the win and Pitcher of the Day award. He earned a 77 game score, which ended up tied- with himself- for the eighth best in the summer. After his first two starts he had fired 11 shutout innings while only allowing three hits.
- His third excellent start was on July 17, at Winchester: a complete nine innings, with five hits, one run, one walk, and five strikeouts. He eanred the win and his second Pitcher of the Day award.. and a game score of 77.
King took a huge step forward at Tech in 2019:
He was named All-River States Conference 2nd Team at starting pitcher in 2019.