The Rockbridge Rapids, the summer league baseball team that calls Washington and Lee’s Smith Field home, are well into their second season in the Valley League. Washington and Lee alumni Jim Crothers ’66 and Ken Newman ’71 are the team’s president and general managers, respectively. The Rapids are composed of college players from around the country, and the 12-team Valley League operates a 44-game schedule during which the players use the wooden bats that they’ll use if they make it to the Major Leagues.
In their first season, the Rapids struggled to a 9-33 record. But the early returns this year have been a little stronger. Heading into a game at home tonight, the team is 4-6. If you’re going to be in Lexington over the summer, check out a Rapids game. Here’s the schedule.