06/25/2008 – Valley Baseball League Newsroom
VBL Pitchers & Players of the Week VBL Week Three Pitchers of the Week: Adam Liberatore, Waynesboro Generals, LHP, Jr., Monaca, Pa. (Tennessee Tech) Liberatore, a left-handed junior from Tennessee Tech, ended his week with an impressive 18 strikeouts and only six hits against him while pitching 13 1/3 innings. He was credited with two victories, both combined shutouts, in the two games that he started. He was the only VBL pitcher to earn two wins last week. The Golden Eagle soared high this week while his opponents had a combined batting average of .125 in 48 at bats. Liberatore is now 3-0 with a 0.62 era and 32 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched. Steve Owens, New Market Rebels, RHP, So., Sykesville, Md. (Richmond) The Richmond Spider from Sykesville, Maryland had a fantastic night against the Front Royal Cardinals by pitching a complete game and getting the shutout, which is only the second complete game shutout this year in the VBL. Out of the 31 opponents at bats, Owens only allowed five hits with four strikeouts and no walks. With the complete game shutout Owens improves his record to 1-1. Owens now has a 2.95 era with 14 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings pitched. VBL Week Three Players of the Week: Cody Brown, Woodstock River Bandits, 3B/1B/C, Jr., Knoxville, Tenn. (Tennessee) As a junior from Tennessee University, Brown collected four runs, 10 hits, two doubles, a triple and four RBIs in 18 at bats for the week. The Volunteer had 14 total bases with a slugging percentage of .778. Brown’s batting average was .556 with a .583 on-base percentage. Brown was second in the league in batting average, fifth in slugging percentage, second in on-base percentage, tied for first with number of hits. His performance helped Woodstock to their best week of the season at 4-1. Browns batting average is now .407 with 13 runs scored, 24 hits, six doubles, one triple, seven RBIs and 32 total bases out of his 59 at bats. Drew Johnson, Harrisonburg Turks, OF, Jr., Reno, Nev. (San Francisco) All the way from San Francisco, Johnson posted a .476 batting average this week with five runs scored, 10 hits, one double, two home runs and six RBIs. With 21 at bats, Johnson had 17 total bases for a slugging percentage of .810. He helped the Turks by having an on-base percentage of .522. Johnson was fourth in the league in batting average and slugging percentage, tied for first with number of hits and second with total bases. Johnson has a batting average of .400 with 14 runs scored, 22 hits, five doubles, one triple, three home runs, 11 RBIs, and 38 total bases on 55 at bats. Jacke Healey, Waynesboro Generals, SS, So, Tunkhannock, Pa. (Potomac State) Healey had a power-packed week with five doubles, two home runs, a batting average of .409, five runs scored, nine hits, and seven RBIs. The 20 total bases improved his slugging percentage to .909. He also recorded a stolen base with an on-base percentage of .458. Healey was third in the league in slugging percentage, tied for first in RBIs, first in doubles, and first in total bases. With Healey’s help, Waynesboro went 5-1 for the week. Healey now has a .279 batting average with 12 runs scored, 19 hits, six doubles, two triples, three home runs and 16 RBIs.