Five TURKS Named to the All Valley Baseball League Team

8/3/04 – Valley Baseball League News

2004 VALLEY LEAGUE HONORS ANNOUNCED; LOVE & TERNI CO-MVP HARRISONBURG, Va. (8/3/04) – Front Royal outfielder Jon Love (Kennesaw State) and Winchester third baseman Jeremy Terni (Southern Connecticut State) share the Most Valuable Player award for the 2004 Valley League Baseball season. The award was determined by a ranking vote among the league’s 10 teams. Love led the league with 15 homers, a .756 slugging percentage, a .492 on-base percentage, 60 hits and 45 runs scored during the regular season. He ranked second on the circuit with a .385 batting average and 43 RBI. Terni powered the Royals to the Northern Division crown by driving in a league-high 54 runs and ranked third with a .364 batting average. He was second in homers with 12, slugging percentage at .648 and hits with 59. Love and Terni are also on the 15-player All-Valley League team, which was determined by a vote among members of the media. Joining Love as selections in the outfield are Winchester’s Bruce Sprowl (Louisiana State) and Harrisonburg’s Reggie Watson (Indiana). Sprowl batted .341 which put him at fifth overall for the league. He also had 58 hits, 21 RBI and 90 total bases which was third in the league behind Love and Terni. Watson batted .320 with 47 hits and 19 RBI, along with 24 stolen bases in 28 attempts which was second in the league behind Staunton Brave, Shane Justis who had 26. The infield is comprised of Harrisonburg first baseman Joe Kemp (Indiana), who was the batting champion (.397) of the league, Staunton second baseman Jeff Beachum (Middle Tennessee State) who batted .318 with 41 hits and 18 RBI, Harrisonburg shortstop Gered Mochizuki (Yavapi Junior College) batting a league’s fourth best .353 with 48 hits and 27 RBI, and Terni at third base. The catcher is Harrisonburg’s Matt Weglarz (Southwest Missouri State) who contributed with a .324 average, 46 hits and 32 RBI. The designated hitter is New Market’s Marion Knowles (North Florida) with a .320 average, 39 hits, four home runs and 19 RBI. The utility player is Luray’s Jon Hancock (Mississippi), who was 4-1 as a pitcher and hit seven homers and drove in 19 runs as a position player. The starting pitchers are Winchester’s Mike Wagner (Vanderbilt), who paced the league with a 1.68 earned run average and a 5-0 record, Harrisonburg’s Tim Gudex (Iowa) who lead the league with 89 strikeouts in 68 innings of work, and Staunton’s Hunter Abercrombie (Tallahassee C.C.) who finished 4-0 with a 2.22 earned run average. Out of the bullpen come Winchester’s Chris Dennis (Auburn) and Front Royal’s Derek Lutz (George Washington). Lutz lead the league with 13 saves in 22 relief appearances and Dennis came in right behind him with 12 saves in 20 outings. Winchester’s Keith Little (Pensacola Junior College) is the coach of the year.