VIRGINIA BLASTERS

2019 SCHEDULE

DATE AND TIME EVENT INFORMATION
June 2019
  •  Start
  • vs Norfolk Redbirds
  • Home: Virginia Wesleyan
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • @ Portsmouth Yardbirds
  • Away: Lakewood Park
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • vs Suffolk Voyagers
  • Home: Virginia Wesleyan
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • @ Lakewood Legends
  • Away: Lakewood Park
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • vs Outer Banks Daredevils
  • Home: Lakewood Park
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • @ Greenbrier Knights
  • Away: Virginia Wesleyan
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • vs Virginia Beach Shredders
  • Home: Virginia Wesleyan
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • @ Norfolk Redbirds
  • Away: Virginia Wesleyan
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • vs Portsmouth Yardbirds
  • Home: Lakewood Park
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • vs Lakewood Legends
  • Home: Lakewood Park
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • @ Suffolk Voyagers
  • Away: Lakewood Park
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • @ Outer Banks Daredevils
  • Away: Virginia Wesleyan
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • vs Greenbrier Knights
  • Home: Virginia Wesleyan
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • @ Virginia Beach Shredders
  • Away: Lakewood Park
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • vs Portsmouth Yardbirds
  • Home: Virginia Wesleyan
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • @ Portsmouth Yardbirds
  • Away: Virginia Wesleyan
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • vs Suffolk Voyagers
  • Home: Virginia Wesleyan
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • @ Lakewood Legends
  • Away: Virginia Wesleyan
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • vs Outer Banks Daredevils
  • Home: Lakewood Park
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • @ Greenbrier Knights
  • Away: Virginia Wesleyan
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • vs Virginia Beach Shredders
  • Home: Virginia Wesleyan
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • @ Norfolk Redbirds
  • Away: Lakewood Park
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • vs Portsmouth Yardbirds
  • Home: Lakewood Park
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • @ Suffolk Voyagers
  • Away: Virginia Wesleyan
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • vs Lakewood Legends
  • Home: Lakewood Park
  • League Game
July 2019
  •  Start
  • @ Outer Banks Daredevils
  • Away: Virginia Wesleyan
  • League Game
  •  Start
  • vs Greenbrier Knights
  • Home: Virginia Wesleyan
  • League Game

 

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2019 ROSTER

Position First-Name Last-Name College Attending Classification Bats Throws Height Weight
OF Braeden Nielsen Garden City Community College RS-Freshman Right Right 5’11” 180
OF/LHP Nathan Blucher Lenoir Community College Freshman Left Left 6’1″ 170
OF Graham Barefoot Brunswick Community College  RS-Freshman Right Right 5’11” 190
OF Jamal Bullard Bryant & Stratton College heading to undecided Sophmore Right Right 5’9″ 165
OF Chase Moore Winston Salem State University RS-Freshman Right Right 5’11” 175
MIF Keanu Walkush Bryant & Stratton – Wauwatosa Sophomore Right Right 5’10” 180
MIF Tyler  Thomas  Union University  RS-Sophomore Right Right 6’3 178
MIF Caleb Davis ODU Club Team Sophomore Right Right 6″0″ 185
CIF Bryce White going to Bryant & Stratton Rookie Left Right 5″8″ 145
CIF Patrick Blackall Rochester Institute of Technology Freshman Right Right 6″0″ 212
CIF Devon Tukes undecided RS-Freshman Switch Right 6’0″ 196
CIF Randall “RJ” Safron heading to Clark University Rookie Right Right 6’3″ 255
C Sean Lang Skidmore College Freshman Left Right 6’2″ 185
C Jacob Colbus Shenandoah University RS-Sophomore Right Right 6′ 180
C Ian Tinker Randolph-Macon College Sophomore Right Right 5’8″ 170
RHP/MIF Chris Guiles Union College Junior Right Right 5’11” 168
PO JD Sparks Washington College Freshman Right Right 6’2″ 180
PO Nicolas Graziano Hampden-Sydney transfering to unknown Sophomore Right Right 6’1″ 190
PO Young Sub Han Mohawk Valley Community College Freshman Right Right 6’1″ 176
PO Noah LeBrun Virginia Wesleyan University RS-Junior Right Right 6’9″ 200
PO Duncan Newman Virginia Wesleyan University Sophomore Right Right 6’4″ 210
PO Clayton Ditty Bryant & Stratton College, VA Beach RS-Freshman Right Right 6’4″ 165
PO Joe LaFave heading to Paul D Camp Community College Rookie Right Right 6’4″ 210
PO Andrew Moore King University Sophomore Right Left 6’2″ 195
PO Andrew Feliton heading to Coastal Carolina Univ Rookie Right Right 5’11” 170
PO Shane Stinard heading to Bryant & Stratton Rookie Right Left 6’4″ 240
PO Luke Helmick heading to Bryant & Stratton Rookie Left Left 6’1″ 190
PO Zac Capps Bryant & Stratton RS-Freshman Right Right 6’3″ 170
PO Dylan Langston Bryant & Straton Freshman Right Right 6’4″ 210
PO Joseph Vargas heading to Bryant & Straton Rookie Right Right 5’8″ 220

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2019 COACHING STAFF

Head Coach: Gary Lavelle

With over twenty years of professional pitching experience under his belt, Coach Gary Lavelle will be an incredible asset to to the Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League and our players. He spent most of his his pro pitching career with the San Francisco Giants where he was twice named a National League All-Star and held the record for most game appearances as well as being listed in the top 10 for saves and wins.

Coach Lavelle also played pro ball for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland Athletics before deciding to move from the mound to the coaches’ box, where he had a strong desire to work with youngsters in developing their baseball ability, sportsmanship and leadership.  As head coach of Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, VA, Lavelle was named TCIS Conference Coach of the Year for six consecutive years, as well as a seven-time Virginia State Independent Schools Coach of the Year.  Lavelle’s team was a four-time winner of the Metro Conference Championship, a six-time winner of the Division I Virginia State Championship, and winner of the Division II Virginia State Championship in 1999.

In 2000, Coach Lavelle returned to professional baseball as a Pitching Coach for the New York Yankees where he culminated his career as the 2004 Eastern League All Star Game Pitching Coach. After five years with the Yankees, Lavelle decided to return to Greenbrier Christian Academy where he had found his true calling. Over the next 10 years, his team went on to win the Virginia Independent Schools State Championship four times and Lavelle was named Coach of the Year for each of those years.

Coach Gary Lavelle officially retired from Greenbrier Christian Academy at the end of the 2016 school year, and after serving 3 seasons the Head Baseball Coach of the Bryant & Stratton College Bobcats, where he continued to help develop and mentor young student athletes, Coach Lavelle retired from coaching. The Tidewater Summer League is honored to have Coach Lavelle working with our players again this summer

Head Coach: Gary Denette

After serving as an assistant coach with the Virginia Beach Shredders during our 2018 season, and Coach Denette will be rejoining us as co head coach of the Virginia Blasters for the upcoming 2019 season. Coach Denette was an outstanding player for Churchland High, earning Portsmouth Player of the Year honors, All-Southeastern District, led district in batting, All-Tidewater led tidewater and all AAA schools in OBP. All-Region. Gary went to Christopher Newport University, where as freshman he led team in batting. Gary also was a starter on the Chesapeake Cubs travel team managed by Allan Erbe. Gary was an outstanding top of the order hitter/ baserunner and performed effectively at several positions including P, SS, 2B and CF. Gary is currently a SCPO in the USN, having served 20 years. Gary is currently the JV coach at Churchland HS.

Asst. Coach: Mitch Everett

Assistant Coach Mitch Everett is entering his second year of coaching in the TSL, and will be assisting Head Coach Gary Lavelle with the Blasters again this summer. Coach Everett is currently serving as a vol. assistant coach at Elon University.

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