The Valley Baseball League has released an article on 2015-16 Turk outfielder Shane Billings being named to Perfect Game All-American Team. Click on the link to read the story. http://pointstreaksites.com/view/valleyleaguebaseball/news-652/news_385189
The Valley Baseball League has released it’s schedule for the 2016 season. Several changes have taken place within the league that will effect the season.
The Aldie Senators withdrew from the league siting lack of community and sponsor support which leaves the league with eleven teams.
The Charles Town Cannons moved to Purcellville, VA and will be playing their home games at Fireman’s Field in downtown historic Purcellville. The team will retain their name and be the Purcellville Cannons. For directions to the new ballpark check out http://www.purcellvillecannons.com/ballpark/directions/. Read more
Baseball America has released their 2015 Top 10 Valley Baseball League Prospect List. Four Harrisonburg Turks were ranked in the top 10.
Turks OF Shane Billings (Wingate) was named the #1 Prospect from the VBL. Billings earned the MVP Award for the 2015 VBL season. He was named to the All Valley League First Team. He represented the Turks on the South All Star Team. Billings led the VBL with a outstanding .418 batting average, and was second with 21 stolen bases. Read more
Billings and Crew Stand in the Gateway
By Dave Norman
Turks Play by Play Announcer
It was very clear to Turks coaches, teammates and fans early in the season that Turks leadoff hitter and centerfielder Shane Billings (Wingate) was a special athlete with budding abilities.
Shane made the league take notice as well and his terrific season has been recognized with the 2015 Valley Baseball League Most Valuable Player Award.
Billings led the league in batting (.418), hits (64), runs (45) and tied for the league stolen base crown (21). A converted infielder, Shane continued the legacy of great players to patrol centerfield for the Harrisonburg Turks. That is an article unto itself. Read more
By Nick Sunderland
HARRISONBURG – Bob Wease is as passionate as can be when it comes to baseball, and the Harrisonburg Turks’ longtime manager absolutely hates losing.
Choked up and with tears in his eyes, Wease – a Valley Baseball League fixture – stood speechless near the home dugout at Veterans Memorial Park following the Turks’ 3-2 season ending loss Friday night to the Waynesboro Generals.
Then, one by one, Harrisonburg’s players came by to exchange hugs with Wease and individually thank him for his time and efforts this summer.
Though the Turks had again failed to advance in the VBL playoffs – Waynesboro won the series, 2-1, as Harrisonburg was eliminated in the first round for a third straight year – the moment was a brief reminder of what keeps the 71 year old Wease coming back to coach season after season.
“That’s the only reason I do it, you know?” an emotional Wease said in reference to the new relationships he builds each season. The 14th year manager then paused for a moment to compose himself. “I probably won’t see a lot of these guys again. But that’s what summer ball’s about. Some of ’em will go on to play pro baseball, and some of ’em will go on to teach, coach, whatever. That’s just the way it is.” Read more