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!
|1||BJ Benik||Front Royal||2000||0.50|
|2||Mark Cisar||New Market||1997||0.54|
|3||Aaron Cressley||New Market||2013||0.62|
|4||Saul Rivera||New Market||1997||0.69|
|6||Erne Valdes||Front Royal||2016||1.04|
|10||Will Brinson||New Market||2000||1.12|
- 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.