FRONT ROYAL CARDINALS ANNOUNCE NEW HEAD COACH FOR THE 2016 SEASON – VICTOR GOMEZ
August 27, 2015 – The Front Royal Cardinals announced today the hiring of Victor Gomez as the Head Coach for the Cardinals’ 2016 Valley Baseball League Season.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Coach Gomez to Front Royal to take the reins for the Cardinals,” Cardinals President, Donna Settle said in her announcement. “Coach Gomez brings a tremendous philosophy and set of experiences that mesh well with our vision for the team.”
Coach Gomez is currently in his third year as an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator with Miami Dade Community College in Miami, Florida. As a former catcher in the Atlanta Braves organization, Gomez brings valuable experience and information to the baseball field. While attending LaSalle High School in Coconut Grove, he made the all-county and all-state teams. He then attended Marshall University in West Virginia where he played NCAA Division 1 baseball in Conference USA with Marshall’s Thundering Herd. While attending Marshall, Gomez set records such as the All-Time Career Leader at Marshall in Home runs (52), RBI’s (211), Hits (294), Doubles (48), total bases (510), games played (217), and at bats (849). His other achievements include: NCAA D1 Louisville Slugger Freshman All American, three time Conference USA Team, and two time NCAA D1 All Mideast Region Team. Gomez also had the unique experience of playing summer baseball in the Cape Cod League with the Falmouth Commodores, and in the Prospect League with the West Virginia Miners. In addition to his professional playing experience with the Atlanta Braves organization, Gomez also played with the Florence Freedom in the Independent League. Before joining the coaching staff at Miami Dade, he coached at Huntington High School, coached summer league ball with the Huntington Hounds, and coached fall ball at his alma mater, LaSalle High School.
When speaking about joining the Front Royal Cardinals, Coach Gomez said “I am thankful and excited for this great opportunity. I am ready to come in and work hard so that we have a successful and memorable summer in Front Royal.”
With this caliber of high quality leadership, the Front Royal Cardinals are looking forward to a spectacular 2016 season!
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See you in 2016 at the Bing!
Congratulations to the following Front Royal Cardinals 2015 who made the All-Valley League First & Second Teams!!!
2015 All-Valley League First Team
SP – Corey Sessions, Front Royal (Davenport University)
2015 All-Valley League Second Team
Utility–Greg Lambert, Front Royal (Southern Illinois University-Carbondale)
OF–Drew Small, Front Royal (Butler University)
2015 Valley Baseball League All-Star Game on Sunday, July 12th in Harrisonburg, VA.
Front Royal Cardinals will have 5 players represented:
Corey Sessions, RHP, Front Royal, Davenport University (Sparta, Mich.)
Edgar Lebron, OF, Front Royal, Lindsey Wilson College (Richmond Hall, N.Y.)
Greg Lambert, 1B, Front Royal, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (Athens, Ala.)
Indalecio Romo, RHP, Front Royal, Campbellsville University (Campbellsville, Ky.)
Colby Dishmond, C, Front Royal, Lenoir-Rhyne University (Statesville, N.C.)
Jul 01, 2015 – Corey Sessions is one of many contributors for the Front Royal pitching staff
With a record of 11-9, the Front Royal Cardinals have relied on the strength of their pitching staff to put them in second place in the North division, just two and a half games behind the Strasburg Express.
With a combined team earned run average of 3.25, the Cardinals have deep talents in the pitching rotation. However, one player in particular has opened the eyes of Front Royal fans.
Corey Sessions hails from Sparta, Michigan. This past spring, the rising senior was an ace for the Davenport University Panthers, going 5-0 with a 2.88 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 34 and one-third innings. The Panthers’ ended their historical season at 51-12 after they were eliminated by the St. Thomas Bobcats 8-3 at the Avista-NAIA World Series.
After Davenport was eliminated, Sessions worked hard to translate his skill and talent to the Valley League for the summer. It has paid off for Sessions, who is 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA and has 12 strikeouts in just 24 innings.
“My fastball has a lot of movement and I rely on it to get outs,” Sessions said. “Being able to locate my change-up and slider has helped a lot.”
Cardinals head coach Brad Neffendorf speaks very highly of Sessions.
“I think he’s only walked three guys in 24 innings, so when you go out and throw strikes in the bottom half of the zone it is extremely effective,” Neffendorf said. “His speed is around 88 or 89 MPH but sometimes he throws a two-seam that runs away and his four-seam also cuts in a little bit.”
On June 28 he threw a complete game, giving up six hits in the Cardinals’ 14-1 win over the Waynesboro Generals. Sessions received help from his potent offense in that game as Edgar Lebron (Lindsey Wilson College/Richmond Hill, N.Y.) went 4-for-6 with three RBI while Bobby Lang (Drury University/St. Louis, Mo.) also contributed three hits and three RBI. Altogether, the Cardinals are batting .291 on the season.
Despite having success this summer, Sessions gives a lot of credit to his teammates. “I pitch to contact so I’m always relying on my defense to make plays and I know they will back me up if I make a mistake,” Sessions said. “When I can trust my defense, it makes it a lot easier.”
Sessions is also well aware of how the pitching has been for the Cardinals this summer. “It helps a lot when you can rely on guys who can get out of tough situations with men on base,” Sessions said. “When we have shut-down relievers who can come in, it not only helps me out but it helps the whole team out.”