1st Annual Spring Break Camp: April 1st, 2nd and 3rd

SVB-SA will be hosting their 1st Annual Spring break Camp! Come drop your player off at the academy on their off day of school! The time for this event will be from 10am-3pm each day. We will be covering the fundamentals of hitting, defense, and pitching. There will be games and competitions with prizes given away each day! Call our office (540-828-3591) or email (info@svb-sa.com) to register..

–$35 per day

—–Make sure to sign up before March 27th to avoid a $15 dollar late registration fee.

***Lunch will be provided all 3 days


Mike Bocock stays busy in “retirement”

mikebocockLegendary baseball coach Mike Bocock isn’t exactly taking the summer off from coaching. Bocock, who led the Waynesboro Generals to the 2013 Valley League championship, his eighth in 25 years as a VBL coach, stepped down from the job after hoisting the Jim Lineweaver Cup in August, but Bocock will be patrolling the dugout for a new team this year.

Bocock’s Shenandoah Valley Baseball-Softball Academy is putting together a travel team made up of 15- and 16-year-old players from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania that will travel the national summer circuit.

“I said this when I retired last summer. Coaching is in my blood,” said Bocock, who notched his 600th win as a Valley League coach last summer on his way to the league championship.

His baseball academy has produced several notable baseball talents, with more than a dozen players currently playing college baseball and two recent alums, Brian Bocock and Daniel Bowman, in major league camps this spring.

The effort with the 15/16 travel team will look to add to those numbers with opportunities for players to grow their talents and skills and showcase them to college coaches and pro scouts.

“The schedule that we’ll be playing will be challenging, but that’s the way you get better,” Bocock said.

The Shenandoah Valley Baseball-Softball Academy will be hosting its 2014 Super Camp this weekend in Bridgewater. The two-day camp includes sessions for hitters, pitchers and coaches.

More information on the Shenandoah Valley Baseball-Softball Academy is online at http://SVB-SA.com.

Brian Bocock, Daniel Bowman in MLB spring training

Brian_Bocockdaniel bowmanShenandoah Valley Baseball-Softball Academy alums Brian Bocock and Daniel Bowman will be in major league camps in spring training trying to land spots in The Show.

Bocock signed with the Kansas City Royals after spending the 2013 season in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Bocock was the Opening Day shortstop for the San Francisco Giants in 2008 and played for the Philadelphia Phillies at the major league level in 2010.

Bowman signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks after spending 2013 in Lake Erie in the Frontier League, where he was an all-star who hit .309 with 11 home runs, 25 doubles, eight triples and led the Crushers to the Frontier League Championship Series.

Bowman was a third team All-American, second team All-Atlantic Region and the 2012 Big South Baseball Player of the Year at Coastal Carolina and is the CCU career leader in games played (246), games started (244), at bats (963), hits (309), RBI (206) and total bases (526). He the first player in Big South history with 200 runs scored, 200 RBI and 300 hits.

Austin Nicely

austin nicelyAustin Nicely, a left-hander from Spotswood High School in Penn Laird, signed with the Houston Astros on June 20, 2013, backing off his commitment to the UVa. baseball program.

Nicely was a 10th round pick of the Astros in the 2013 MLB Draft. According to Baseball America, Houston gave Nicely a $610,000 signing bonus.

“It’s a great feeling,” Nicely told the Houston Chronicle. “I’m glad to be here.”

As a Spotswood senior, Nicely went 12-4 with a 1.64 ERA. He recorded 157 strikeouts in 115 innings.

“We felt on draft day it was a big score being able to get a player of his talent a little later than maybe he belonged in terms of the pure draft,” Astros scouting director Mike Elias told the Chronicle. “He had a strong commitment to the University of Virginia, which is a great school and a great opportunity.

“We and many clubs recognized that it was a possibility that he would honor that commitment. So I think that helped us get somebody of his caliber in the 10th round.”

Hunter Hensley

hunter hensley2013: Saw limited action in first season at Bridgewater…played in 11 games with four starts.

High School: Senior season team was 15-6, regional runner-up and state quarterfinalist…first-team all-district…second-team all-region…played in VHSCA all-star game.

Personal: Son of Bob and Karen Hensley…siblings Nicholas and Riley…born August 12, 1994.


Blake Sipe

blake sipe2013 Highlights
Batted .259 at Radford in 158 at bats … Drove in 22 runs … Registered three hits on two separate occasions … Had two hits, two runs, and two RBIs in two at bats against Marshall (3/23) … Season-high of three hits came at Longwood (5/4) … Put out 134 and only had two errors on the season.

2012 Highlights
Started in 23 games in RF in the second half of the season … Had eight hits and six RBIs in eight games after cracking the starting lineup full-time April 11 … Hit a bases-loaded triple to key a late-inning rally in a win over North Carolina A&T (April 11) … Drove in both of Radford’s runs in an extra-inning loss at No. 25 Virginia … seventh-inning squeeze bunt RBI tied the game at 2-2 … Went 3-for-3, drove in a run, scored twice and walked twice in a series finale win over Presbyterian (April 28) … Did not pitch in 2012 … Named team MVP for the Staunton Braves of the Valley Baseball League … Earned a spot on the Valley League’s South Division All-Star Team and was named VBL Player of the Week twice … Finished second in the league in batting average at .396 and led the circuit in steals with 20

2011 Highlights
Started in 24 games, becoming an everyday player in RF in the final month-plus of the season … Hit an RBI groundout in his hometown in the loss at JMU (March 1) … Walked with the bases loaded to drive in a run in the win over Towson (March 4) … Picked up his first career hit and drove home a run in the series finale against Hartford (March 12) … Went 3-for-3 in his first career start with a pair of RBI singles in the second game of the ETSU doubleheader … Came in to the game as a defensive replacement in the second game against Presbyterian, went 2-for-4 with a fifth inning RBI single (April 2) … Scored the go-ahead run in the finale against Winthrop (April 17), replacing an injured Cory Turner with a 2-2 count in the seventh … walked in the at-bat, stole a base, and scored … Was 2-for-3 with a walk and scored a run in the second game of the Gardner-Webb series (April 30) … Made his pitching debut in the eighth inning of the series opener against Hartford (March 12) … Tossed his first Big South innings in the series opener against CSU (March 25)

High School
Coached by Vic Spotts at Fort Defiance … First Team All-Southern Valley District as an outfielder and pitcher in 2010 … Was the 2009 Southern Valley District batting champion, hitting .487 for Fort Defiance … High school teammate of Radford catcher Daniel Wright … All-district and all-region first team outfielder, also named second team all-state … Named to the 2009 Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg) all-area team … Played for the West team at the 2009 Coventry Commonwealth Games … Played for Hurricanes summer/fall team coached by Jeff Petty in ’08 and ’09

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