In our newest post on the Valley League record book from 1994 to 2019, we have doubles…
|Jeff Van Houten||Harrisonburg||2003||19|
|Matt Holland||Front Royal||2010||19|
|James Roche||Front Royal||2010||18|
|Andrew Eyster||New Market||2018||18|
|Hunter Newman||Front Royal||2014||17|
|Thatcher Coleman||New Market||2015||17|
|16||Mark Raynor||New Market||1994||16|
|Scott Loubier||New Market||1994||16|
|Jared Simon||Front Royal||2009||16|
- Winchester, Front Royal, and New Market have four entries; Staunton and Luray have three; Strasburg has two, and Harrisonburg and Charlottesville have one each. Purcellville, Woodstock, Waynesboro, and Covington are shut out at the moment.
- Two players went on to play in the major leagues- Raynor and Murphy. Twelve more played in the minor leagues, while eight did not (with the understanding that Eyster and Czech still have the opportunity).
- Seven players were MVP (Van Houten, Zebedis, Wielansky, Timmons, Eyster, McNeill, and Murphy).
- Addison Bowman appears on a list for the first time- Bowman went to Turner Ashby (Bridgewater, Va) and Virginia Tech.
- John Gragg and Scott Loubier each played in the minor leagues, but as pitchers.
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Yet another fascinting deep-dive report. Thanks, John. I well remember the friendly competition between Yezzo and Joseph Odom, teammates on the 2012 Winchester Royals. Yezzo went 1-for-2 in a 7-4 win over Strasburg, on July 18th. Odom hit 2 homers (both on first-pitch at-bats) to reach 14 dingers on the season, eclipsing Yezzo’s 13 at the time. The Royals improved to 27-12, leaving 3 more games to play, and Yezzo took the home run crown with 16. As you have written, it was the year of the juiced ball in the VBL.
Correction to my 12:35pm comment – the 2012 VBL regular season featured 45 games, not the 42 of recent years. So, Yezzo had 6 games remaining to reach 16 homers for the North Division champion Winchester Royals.
Dennis, thanks for your comments- these are the stories that makes our league great!