The right-hander won his first two starts of the season, allowing no runs and just six hits in 11 innings.
This is the second title in the past three seasons for the Asheville Tourists.
The Tourists are 2-5 against the Hagerstown Suns, who they will face off against for the championship.
The Asheville Tourists are rockin'. Playoff ball starts on Wednesday, Sept. 3, with the Tourists hosting the Savannah Sand Gnats.
The Asheville Tourists return to McCormick Field for the final three home games of the regular season on Aug. 26.
The Asheville Tourists begin the week with a four-game lead in the SAL's Southern Division, but things could tighten up quickly.
Even steamrollers have to come to a halt eventually.
The Asheville Tourists are playing some great baseball and had a dramatic win Thurssday, winning 8-7 in the 14th inning.
McCormick Field is getting some nice upgrades in advance of this year's SAL All-Star Game.
Dahl leads the team in triples and ranks in the team's top five in every other offensive category.
The Tourists return to McCormick Field on Monday for an eight-game homestand.
The Asheville Tourists return to McCormick Field tonight (Thirsty Thursday) for a four-game series with the Rome Braves.
The Asheville Tourists are on a roll.
The Tourists went 5-2 during their latest homestand. They're currently in second place in the SAL Southern Division, with a 25-19 record.
Current Tourists outfielder David Dahl is turning heads with his home runs, while former Tourist Nolan Arenado his grabbing headlines with an extended hitting streak the big leagues.
Valaika has a .380 batting average, second best in the South Atlantic League. He's been one of the Tourists' most consistent hitters the first month of the season.
On May 2, the Tourists will wear Spider-Man themed jerseys (courtesy of Aaron's Inc.) for their game against the Lakewood BlueClaws, in conjunction with the release of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."
The Tourists' third baseman is playing too well to be ignored for long.