HARRISONBURG, Va. - VMI players Jordan Tarsovich, Andrew Woods, Campbell Henkel and Taylor Edens will represent their respective summer squads in the Valley Baseball League's all-star game, which will be contested July 7 at Veterans Memorial Park in Harrisonburg, Va. The teams were announced by the league Tuesday.
Tarsovich, playing for the Strasburg Express, has been the hottest hitter in the league's first half, batting a sizzling .430 through his first 22 games. He has reached base in 52 percent of his plate appearances, has been held hitless just three times and has failed to reach base in just one of his 22 contests. Tarsovich leads the league in batting average, on-base percentage and ranks tied for seventh in runs scored.
Woods, one of several Keydets suiting up for the New Market Rebels, has held opponents to a .225 batting average in his first 10 appearances. He is 3-2 on the year with a 3.41 ERA, and has stepped into the New Market rotation for both of his last two outings, a glittering seven-inning outing June 22 against Winchester (7 IP, 0 ER, W) and a loss to Harrisonburg five days later.
Henkel, pitching for the Woodstock River Bandits, is unbeaten in five starts so far this season, posting a 3-0 mark to go with a 2.54 ERA. He has pitched at least five innings in every start, with perhaps his best outing coming in a June 19 no-decision against noted offensive powerhouse Staunton, when he threw seven innings of one-run baseball and struck out seven.
Edens, meanwhile, has been a key member of the Rockbridge Rapids' bullpen, appearing in nine games and posting a 2-0 record to go along with a 2.30 ERA. Edens had a seven-inning relief appearance June 23 against Covington, in which he allowed no runs on just two hits to get one of his two wins. Of the seven earned runs Edens has allowed this season, three came in a single outing, June 29 against Covington.
In addition to the above four, third baseman Ray Lopez, playing for New Market, will be one of a handful of players on hand to participate in a special challenge 60-yard dash.
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