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Rapids' Opener Rapidly Approaching

— by on May 20th, 2009

The Rockbridge Rapids of the Valley Baseball League, new summertime tenants of Washington and Lee’s Cap’n Dick Smith Field, are less than two weeks away from the home opener on June 6 against Staunton. The Rapids’ general manager is Ken Newman of W&L’s Class of 1971, and the roster includes one current General, pitcher Chuck Davidson ’10. The Valley League, featuring college players from all over the country, bills itself as the “Gateway to the Majors” since many of the players who have participated wind up being drafted by major league teams. In fact, 79 former VBL players were drafted in the June 2008 MLB draft. So chances are that some of the players who will be performing in W&L’s stadium this summer will eventually make it to the big leagues. For now, though, the Rapids promise to bring some new summer entertainment to Big Lex. The complete schedule is on the Rapids’ Web site.