Brad Fauber

Back To Work

Central assistant football coach Rowdy Hoover demonstrates a drill for members of the Falcons' varsity football team during practice Thursday morning in Woodstock.   Brad Fauber/Daily

July 30, 2015

WOODSTOCK – It’s that time of year again, the time when high school football players brave the intense midsummer heat to begin preparations for the upcoming season.

River Bandits beat Cards to even playoff series

July 30, 2015

WOODSTOCK – Facing playoff elimination for the second time in three days, the Woodstock River Bandits continued to keep their season alive Wednesday night in the second game of a best-of-three Valley Baseball League playoff series against Front Royal.

Cardinals top River Bandits

July 28, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – On a night when Front Royal manager Brad Neffendorf resorted to trying everything he could help his team scrape across a few runs, the Cardinals leaned heavily on pitching – and the arms delivered.

River Bandits clinch spot in playoffs

July 27, 2015

WINCHESTER ¬ – Woodstock’s late-season push for a spot in the Valley Baseball League playoffs came to a dramatic and fortunate end for the River Bandits in Monday night’s play-in game against Winchester at Bridgeforth Field.

River Bandits, Royals split doubleheader

July 21, 2015

WOODSTOCK – In the midst of a late-season surge, the Woodstock River Bandits missed out on a chance to vault themselves into fourth place in the Valley Baseball League’s North Division Tuesday night.

Legion teams ready for tournament

July 20, 2015

Winchester Post 21 is back in familiar territory heading into this week’s American Legion District 16 baseball tournament.

Making noise

Front Royal center fielder Edgar Lebron grabs a lead off second base during a game against Charles Town on Monday night at Bing Crosby Stadium. Lebron is mostly deaf.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 17, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – They are sounds that ring throughout the Shenandoah Valley on most summer nights – the crack of a wooden baseball bat, the pop of ball meeting glove, fans cheering for their hometown Valley Baseball League team.

Cards fall to Royals

July 16, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal Cardinals let one get away Thursday night at Bing Crosby Stadium.

Missed chances costly to Cardinals

June 30, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal Cardinals struggled to find the key hit against visiting Aldie Tuesday night at Bing Crosby Stadium.

Express sputters in loss to Turks

June 29, 2015

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Express couldn’t keep pace with visiting Harrisonburg on Monday night at First Bank Park.

Taking The Lead

Strasburg pitcher Mark Smoot, The Northern Virginia Daily's 2015 Baseball Player of the Year, finished his senior season with an 11-1 record, a 1.27 ERA and 66 strikeouts. He was the VHSCA and VHSL Group 2A State Player of the Year.   Rich Cooley/Daily

June 26, 2015

STRASBURG – It was a role that Mark Smoot wanted in his final baseball season at Strasburg High School. He wanted to be the man, the ace of the Rams’ pitching staff.

Smoot, Rams continue building on winning culture

June 26, 2015

STRASBURG – Year in and year out, Strasburg High School’s baseball team has been a consistent presence in the postseason. But perhaps even longtime head coach Jeff Smoot was a little surprised just how successful the Rams were in 2015.