PostHeaderIcon How the Lumberjacks Stack up in the South

Every summer, some of the best college baseball players in the country descend upon Covington to make their mark in the Valley League. The Covington Lumberjacks put out one of the most exciting teams in that league, as players look to prove themselves to the pro scouts that often fill the stadium’s best seats. The Lumberjacks have become something of a summer tradition for kids and adults alike in Covington, and they stack up quite well against other teams across Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon A Look at This Summer’s Lumberjacks Squad

A few baseball amateurs are found in The Valley Baseball League’s Covington Lumberjacks baseball team. These players are constantly trying to improve their skills to garner the attention of professional baseball scouts. There are a few amateur players who have succeeded in gaining the scout’s attention over the past few years. Many of these professional scouts attend the summer baseball games. The amateur players must get used to batting with wooden bats. The debate between using wooden versus metal bats is an ongoing one. Batting with wooden bats will help them perfect their baseball skills while improving Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Getting Jacked up with the Lumberjacks!

Each spring and summer, the Covington Lumberjacks take to Casey Field to challenge their opponents in the Valley League. The team has a great roster this year, including these outstanding players.

Catcher and pitcher Patrick Chamberlain hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and stands at an even six feet tall. Other pitchers include James Woods from Radford, Virginia, Chris Walker from Rustburg, Virginia, Tyler Petsch from Galloway, New Jersey, Nolan Houmes from Land O’Lakes, Florida, and Patrick Kulick from Coral Springs, Florida.

Sophomore Ian Vazquez brings his talents Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon The Best of the Valley Baseball League

I thought I knew everything there was to know about baseball. Thanks to my upbringing and about half a dozen generations of avid baseball fans, it was practically the air I breathed.

And, you can bet that I made sure that, when I was old enough, I had all the access to baseball I could handle. I settled up with Directv and had a Direct tv channel guide packed full of all the baseball I could handle. That’s where I first found out about the Valley Baseball League and the Lumberjacks.

Why am I only now mentioning this?

Well, because after a few posts about my favorite underdog team, the Lumberjacks, I felt like reminiscing.

For those of you just joining the party, allow me to explain.

The Valley Baseball League is a summer college baseball league located in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. Often times referred to as the “Gateway to the majors,” 12 teams make up this league and while the Harrisonburg Turks might be the current champs, that hasn’t stopped people like me from loving and following the Covington Lumberjacks.

They may not have the numbers or the stats to stack up in the books with some of the others, but their play is all heart.

PostHeaderIcon The Future of This Year’s Lumberjacks

The Valley Baseball League’s Covington Lumberjacks are typical of all teams in the summer league: young amateurs who love the game, looking for another chance to be noticed by major league organizations. Many who have played in the league in past years have gotten that chance. It is a sure bet that among the average crowd of between 250-300 spectators, there is certain to be the occasional MLB scout.

This year’s Lumberjack team, though not burning up the league, shows some promise. As the young players get used to playing with wooden bats. Ryan Sullivan, the outfielder from Seton Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon How the Valley Baseball League Helped Jason Kipnis

Jason Kipnis is a professional baseball player for the Cleveland Indians. He plays professional ball very well, but he wasn’t always the famous player with the great hits and steals. In the past Jason played for the Valley Baseball league. This is where he improved his skills.

Fans see it all the time when they watch minor league baseball players. When baseball players enter into these small leagues they have a much better chance of being successful in the majors.Additional information can be found at Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon How the Players Transition to Wooden Bats

Through all levels of baseball, metal bats are dominant. They offer a smaller weight to length ratio, and so seem a natural choice for those starting out and those who want the most bang for their swing. But, throughout professional baseball, from the minors to majors, players must use wooden bats. So, how do they transition from metal to wood?

Players do not simply choose a bat that best approximates their old metal bat. While metal bats carry their weight in the handle, wooden bats carry it in the barrel. Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon A Look at How the Players Learn to Mesh

When it comes to any sporting event there is one thing that needs to remain constant and that is teamwork. If you have a bunch of players that are going at each other throughout the day, it will only lead to chaos and confusion. Players need to understand what it takes to work together and not just let those things go. It is going to take a lot of patience and understanding to reach a point where you can Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon The Valley Baseball League’s Rising Stars

When you are looking to improve your baseball skills and play with some of the best in the area, you need to consider joining up with the Valley Baseball League’s Rising Stars team. This team allows you to learn from the very best in the area, all while improving your overall production and technique, which goes a long way in creating a superior baseball player. So whether you are a pitcher wanting to improve on current pitches (and learn a few new ones),, or a fielder wanting to improve on fielding techniques and batting performance, there are many different perks of joining up with the Valley Baseball league’s Rising Stars.Didn’t catch that? This explains it. As is the case with any other sports team or talent, it is important for you to continually play it and practice it ti ensure the best overall production and skill improvement. Without every playing baseball against other individuals you may never actually master the sport and take it on to the next level. Because of this, you need to keep with the sports team and continually partake in all the practices and games, to maximize your overall potential in the sport and push you to the very next level.