Winthrop University is sending a pair of Eagles to play in Harrisonburg this summer.
Sophomore Jace Whitley, a 6′ 3″ 175 pound third baseman is currently posting a .250 batting average in 68 at bats. Whitley has had 17 hits, one double, one home run, 7 walks, drove in 7 RBIs and scored 7 runs. As a freshman saw action in 32 games, hit .182 with 8 hits in 44 at bats and one RBI. He had a .294 on base percentage. In high school Whitley was an All Conference and All County selection as a junior and senior. He also received the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. He hit .490 with five home runs and 41 RBI as a high school senior.
Teammate, Sam Kmiec is a 6-0 foot 210 pound left-handed pitcher from Middletown, Delaware. Kmiec is a red-shirt freshman making his presence felt this year on the mound for the Eagles. Kmiec currently has posted a 3.15 ERA in 36.2 innings of work. He has given up 31 hits, 15 runs and 12 earn runs and only 3 walks. The lefty has fanned 29 batters. He has a 1-3 win loss record and 1 save.
As a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), a premiere athletic conference, the Auburn Tigers are tasked with maintaining a level of athletic excellence with veterans as well as developing their young talent. As a way to do both, the Tigers have sent young talent to the Turks over the last few years. When they were in Harrisonburg, Dillon Ortman (2012) was the lone sophomore of a group that consists of Blake Austin, Jay Gonzalez, and Trey Cochran-Gil, all of whom were in their freshman year of eligibility. This summer stands as no deviation to this schema with two red shirt freshman and a true freshman being shipped up to the ‘Burg for 2013. Read more
Duke University Coach Chris Pollard is no stranger to the Valley Baseball League. He played for the Winchester Royals and knows the caliber of player it takes to compete in the VBL. This summer, Pollard is sending three of his Blue Devils to Harrisonburg; junior right-hand pitcher Robert Huber, sophomore second baseman Andy Perez, and freshman first baseman Jalen Phillips. Read more
Last summer, Chris Pike was carried off the field after he closed out the final game against the Winchester Royals in the 2012 Valley Baseball League Championship. The 6-0 180 pound right-handed junior from Fordham will be returning to Harrisonburg with all intentions of helping the Turks repeat. Read more