Written by Chris Pendleton and Sean Dahlin
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Junior starting pitcher Tyler King (San Ramon, Calif.) today became the first player in Southern Virginia University baseball's fourteen-year history invited to play in the Valley Baseball League—an NCAA-sanctioned collegiate summer baseball league.
King will be pitching this summer for the Rockbridge Rapids—a Valley Baseball League team based in Lexington, Va., that plays its home games at Washington and Lee University's The New Cap'n Dick Smith Field.
"Tyler [King] works tirelessly and is deserving of the opportunity to play in a top-quality summer league like the Valley Baseball League," said fourth-year Head Coach Logan Mann. "This is a great boost to our baseball program and the university as well."
During King's first season with Southern Virginia in 2012 after transferring from California State University-East Bay, the left-hander led the Knights in wins (6), innings pitched (75.1), strikeouts (49) and complete games (4) helping the team to an 18-18 record and fourth place finish at the USCAA Small College World Series.
His six wins and and 75.1 innings pitched rank him second and fifth respectively in the Southern Virginia single-season record books.
"I'm very excited this summer to face some of the top players in collegiate baseball and have the chance to compare my skills," said King, who served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile. "I also feel this is a testament to the strength of Southern Virginia baseball, and I hope to represent all that the university stands for."
Formed in 1923, the Valley Baseball League is a collegiate summer baseball league comprised of scholar-athletes from the NCAA Divisions I, II and III and NAIA levels producing more than 1,000 professional baseball players. A member of the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball, the league has been a wood-bat league since 1993.
The league consists of 12 teams in three conferences. Each team plays a 44-game schedule from early June to early August.
"We hope to continue to build our relationship with the Valley Baseball League and send many more of our scholar-athletes for years to come," said Mann.