The Valley Baseball League in Virginia bills itself as the "Gateway to the Majors" on its website.
If that's the case, then Cash Gladfelter is on a good trajectory to possibly playing pro baseball.
The West York High School graduate and current Shippensburg University product has been playing in the VBL this summer for the Woodstock RIver Bandits and earned a selection to the league All-Star Game for this Sunday, July 9.
Gladfelter, who graduated from West York in 2015, has excelled in the wood-bat league, hitting .365 in 23 games, good for fifth-best in the entire league. The average is also tied for the best on his team, along with Danton Hyman.
Gladfelter also ranks second on his team, behind Hyman, in RBIs (14) and runs scored (14). He's played in 23 of Woodstock's 25 games, mostly as a shortstop.
Gladfelter will represent the North team in the all-star game, which will be held at James Madison University’s Veterans Memorial Park, with first pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
In his two seasons with the Raiders, Gladfelter is hitting .318, but saw his offensive numbers take a huge jump after a stellar sophomore year. This past season, Gladfelter hit .370, drove in 40 runs, had a .524 slugging percentage, scored 35 runs, roped 19 doubles and stole seven bases.
Gladfelter was a three-year member of the West York varsity baseball team, earning York-Adams League Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2015. He hit .374 in his career with the Bulldogs and, as a pitcher, boasted a 1.41 ERA. He was also part of the 2013 PIAA Class 3-A state championship team during his sophomore season.
The VBL began back in 1897, originally as a Class-D minor league. Beginning in 1961, it became an NCAA-sanctioned summer league and became a wood-bat league in 1993.