University of Pittsburgh Bradford
Aaron Cressley leads Virginia Valley League in ERA
Aaron Cressley
Aaron Cressley

Pitt-Bradford junior Aaron Cressley of the New Market Rebels finished with the lowest earned run average among all qualifying pitchers in the Virginia Valley Baseball League with a mark of 0.62.

In 58 innings pitched for the Rebels, including the regular season and postseason, Cressley surrendered a total of four earned runs while posting a 5-1 record. In his final six turns, including two postseason starts, he yielded one earned run over a span of 42 innings.

The Woodstock River Bandits' Richard Winters led all pitchers with a 0.43 ERA during the regular season but was touched up for four runs in his only postseason appearance and finished with a final ERA of 1.08.

Cressley was the only qualifying pitcher in the league to finish with an earned run average below 1.00.

He also tossed a scoreless inning in the league's All-Star game and finished with 56 total strikeouts. Cressley was named a first-team selection on the all-VBL team in a vote by league administrators and media.

New Market finished second in the South division and advanced to the Division Championship Series, falling a game short of the championship round.

The Corry, Pa., native was a second-team all-AMCC selection this spring for the Panthers after anchoring the pitching staff with a 2.25 ERA and 33 strikeouts.