Beaufort High School graduate Junior Delatorre is leading the Valley Baseball League in strikeouts. Delatorre, a right-handed pitcher out of Beaufort High, paces the Virginia-based wooden bat league with 32 strikeouts. He plays for the Valley Baseball League’s Aldie Senators.
Delatorre’s league-leading strikeout total was through Monday, June 30. He struck out 14 batters in his second start versus the Strasburg Express.
Currently a pitcher at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, Delatorre previously played summer baseball and was a pitcher for American Legion Post 9 and 207.
During his junior campaign, Delatorre paced USCB in starts, wins and strikeouts, holding foes to a .215 batting average. Delatorre also compiled a team-best 3.16 ERA.
The talented Delatorre was the recipient of the 2013 Beaufort American Legion Baseball Scholarship awarded by Posts 9 and 207. His uncle, Arthur Smith, played baseball at Coastal Carolina and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves as a 31st round selection.
The Valley Baseball League is an NCAA-sanctioned collegiate summer baseball league in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. Each Valley Baseball League season consists of 44 games played during summer. Numerous Valley Baseball League players have continued on to play in Major League Baseball.