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 Hall, currently leads the league with a .457 average. This could be the cornerstone of a formidable offensive attack. After Sullivan, the lineup is somewhat anemic. The next highest average belongs to Nicholas Hladek at .239.
James Lively is the top performing pitcher. He has appeared in five games and has a won-loss record of 1-1 and an ERA of 2.03. After Lively, the staff is inconsistant.
In order for the defending Valley League champions to repeat, they will have to turn the current season around. The pitching needs more consistency and they need some hitting to bolster Sullivan’s bat in the lineup.