Front Royal Cardinals make it to Round 2 of the Valley Baseball League Play Off series
2nd Round of the playoffs start Friday against Strasburg – Best 2 out of 3.
Game 1 played at Front Royal – Friday @ 7
For an update on the VBL Standings, check here: http://valleybaseballleague.bbstats.pointstreak.com/standings.html?leagueid=1142&seasonid=29728
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.”