College Notebook: Study Ranks CRCBL, VBL No. 3 Among Summer Leagues

January 25 - The Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League and Valley Baseball League finished tied at No. 3 in a ranking of the country’s summer collegiate leagues.

According to the Collegiate Summer Baseball Register, the two leagues were behind the Cape Cod League and New England Collegiate Baseball League, finishing ahead of the Northwoods and Coastal Plains leagues.

The eight-team CRCBL is based throughout the greater Washington and Baltimore area and now has two Northern Virginia teams - the Alexandria Aces and FCA Braves - after the Loudoun Riverdogs folded after the 2018 season. The league also lost one of its flagship clubs, the Baltimore Redbirds, which won or shared five of the past seven CRCBL championships. The 11-team VBL, which is based along I-81 and I-64 in the Shenandoah Valley, has one Northern Virginia team, the Purcellville Cannons.

Rankings were based on a “paradigm that measured the relative competitiveness of all the leagues for which we were able to find detailed roster information,” according to the Collegiate Summer Baseball Register.

According to the study, the CRCBL has had 24 Major League players suit up for its teams since it was established in 2005. The VBL, which was established in 1923, has had over 1,000 Major Leagues play for its teams.

Doyle, Atkinson Named NCBWA 1st-Team Preseason All-Region Selections

Shepherd outfielders Brenton Doyle (Kettle Run) and Nick Atkinson (Osbourn Park) were both named NCBWA preseason first-team Division II All-Atlantic Region selections earlier this week.

Doyle, a junior, was a first-team All-American last year after hitting .415 with a nation-high 98 hits, 14 home runs and 68 RBI as the Rams went 38-17. Atkinson, a senior, hit .347 with 15 homers and 42 RBI in 2018.

Both players were NOVA Nine Team selections as seniors, Atkinson in 2015 and Doyle in 2016.

Nationals Announcers Slowes, Jageler to Keynote Mason’s First Pitch Dinner

Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler, the radio play-by-play announcers for Washington Nationals’ broadcasts on 106.7 The Fan, will be the keynote speakers at George Mason’s First Pitch Dinner on Feb. 8.

Tickets and sponsorships are available at the event, which serves as an annual fundraiser for the Patriots’ baseball program. The First Pitch Dinner will be held at the Country Club of Fairfax beginning with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. A reception will be held beginning at 6 p.m. for sponsors who purchase an MVP Table.

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