We now turn our attention to the pitchers. Here are the 20 top ERA’s turned in by a Valley League pitcher, regular season and playoffs combined, between the years of 1994 and 2019!

1BJ BenikFront Royal20000.50
2Mark CisarNew Market19970.54
3Aaron CressleyNew Market20130.62
4Saul RiveraNew Market19970.69
5Campbell SchollWaynesboro20160.91
6Erne ValdesFront Royal20161.04
7Taylor CobbStaunton20021.06
8Daniel ThorpeAldie20131.10
Richard WintersWoodstock20131.10
10Will BrinsonNew Market20001.12
11Drew RucinskiLuray20081.13
12Ben WadeCovington20051.17
13Billy BrianStaunton20001.25
14Robert GilliamLuray20071.26
Lance BaxterStaunton20081.26
16Dustin UmbergerLuray20071.29
17Corey ColesCovington20021.30
Carlos GuevaraCovington20021.30
EJ ShanksHarrisonburg20021.30
20Adam LiberatoreWaynesboro20081.36


  • New Market has four entries on this list; Staunton, Luray, and Covington have three; Front Royal and Waynesboro have two, and Aldie, Woodstock, and Harrisonburg have one. Purcellville, Charlottesville, Strasburg, and Winchester have none.
  • Four of these guys played in the major leagues- Rivera, Rucinski, Guevara, and Liberatore.
  • Ten of them played in the minors- Benik, Cisar, Cressley, Valdes, Brian, Gilliam, Baxter, Umberger, Coles (as a hitter), and Shanks.
  • The rest did not play pro ball, except for Thorpe, who pitched in Independent ball.
  • The 1997 New Market team has #2 and #4 on this list, but the team “only” went 23-17 in the regular season. The team’s 3.40 ERA was second in the league behind Staunton’s 3.17.
  • The 2002 Covington Lumberjacks has two on this list, too- two guys tied at #17. Weirdly, the Jacks’ 3.23 team ERA didn’t even finish in the top half of the league that year… but the team went 30-18, finishing first.
  • Next up is wins.