Let’s take a look at the former Valley Leaguers who had outstanding games over this past weekend, as picked by D1baseball.com:
- Austin Bulman, Rice (Winchester 2021): 4-5, four runs, two RBIs, double, two home runs. The 2021 League MVP is now hitting .247/.327/.495 in 97 at-bats, with six doubles and six home runs. He was a top hitter in ’21, obviously.
- Jack Hurley, Virginia Tech (Charlottesville 2021): A mainstay on this list (this is the 5th time he’s listed), Hurley went 3-4, with three runs, three RBIs, a walk, double, and two home runs. He’s now hitting .494/.545/.974 in 77 at-bats, with eight doubles, a triple, nine home runs, and five stolen bases.
- Bryce Hulett, Pitt (New Market 2019): 3-4, run, three RBIs, walk, double, triple, home run. He’s not hitting .387/.495/.680 in 75 at-bats, with five doubles, a triple, and five home runs. (Hulett is our featured image.)
- Andrew Eyster, South Carolina (New Market 2018): The VBL MVP in ’18, Eyster went 2-3, with two runs, four RBIs, walk, and home run. He was the top hitter in the summer of 2018, too. In 79 at-bats so far this spring, he’s hitting .367/.440/.582, with five doubles, four home runs, and 27 RBIs.
Well, I figured this would happen sooner or later, but this is the first day that no former VBLer made the list…
…And that’s because everyone made this one!
- Josh Madole, Charlotte (Harrisonburg 2018-19): 3-6, two runs, six RBIs, two home runs. Madole is hitting .322/.487/.576 in 59 at-bats, with three doubles and four home runs.
- Tyler Johnson, Coastal Carolina (Strasburg 2019): 4-4, two runs, four RBIs, walk, two home runs. He’s hitting .378/.451/.822 in 45 at-bats, with five doubles and five home runs.
- Jason Hinchman, Tennessee Tech (New Market 2018): 2-4, three runs, two RBIs, walk, two home runs. In 99 at-bats, he’s slashing .384/.460/.737, with five doubles and 10 home runs.
- Cole McConnell, Louisiana Tech (Front Royal 2021): 3-5, two runs, five RBIs, two doubles, home run. In 91 at-bats, he’s hitting .363/.464/.615, with eight doubles and five home runs. He also has 34 RBIs in only 24 games!
- Nate LaRue, Auburn (Strasburg 2021): 3-5, two runs, five RBIs, double, home run. LaRue is 7-28 this spring so far.
- Alonzo Rubalcaba, Kentucky (Waynesboro 2021): 3-5, three runs, four RBIs, home run. He’s hitting .319/.419/.528 in 72 at-bats, with four doubles and three home runs.
- Cole Foster, Auburn (Charlottesville 2021): 3-5, two runs, two RBIs, double, home run. Foster is slashing .283/.419/.483 in 60 at-bats, with three doubles and three home runs.
- Kelyn Fox, Florida A&M (New Market 2019): 7 1/3 shutout innings, four hits, one walk, three K’s, win (Game score: 72). Fox is now 1-2, 7.15 in 22 2/3 innings, with 17 K’s.
- Blaze Koali’l Pontes, Hawaii (Purcellville 2019): 4 1/3 shutout innings, two hits, one walk, four K’s (GS: 62). In 18 1/3 relief innings, Pontes is 0-0, 5.40, with 23 K’s.