Valley League

Strasburg Express ranked No. 8 in nation

Strasburg manager Butch Barnes talks with the umpire on a foul ball call during playoff ation against Purcellville on July 29 at First Bank Park.   Rich Cooley/Daily file

August 24, 2016

STRASBURG – The Valley Baseball League season has been over for several weeks, but the honors keep roiling in for the league champion Strasburg Express.

Express one win away from consecutive VBL titles

Strasburg's Ryan Johnson fires a pitch during Thursday night's game against Waynesboro. Rich Cooley/Daily

August 5, 2016

STRASBURG – Ryan Johnson received a text message from Strasburg Express assistant coach David Kopp a couple days before Game 1 of the Valley Baseball League championship series against Waynesboro on Thursday night.

James, Scott propel Express into VBL Finals

Strasburg Express' Brandon Quaranta leads the team's procession off the field after beating the Front Royal Cardinals Wednesday night 12-4 during the Valley League baseball semifinals. The Express will now face the Waynesboro Generals in the finals. Rich Cooley/Daily

August 3, 2016

STRASBURG – Strasburg used a strong pitching effort from Keegan James and a solid offense on Wednesday to take advance to its third Valley Baseball League Championship series in four years.

Napleton’s six RBIs power Cardinals past Express

The Front Royal Cardinals' dugout clears after scoring three runs off a double by Martin Napleton against Strasburg on Tuesday night at Bing Crosby Park.  Rich Cooley/Daily

August 3, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – Regardless of the outcome of Tuesday night’s Valley Baseball League playoff game against Strasburg, the Front Royal Cardinals knew their season would soon come to an end, and catcher Marty Napleton said the team is simply enjoying each other’s company as the season draws to a close. Thanks to Napleton, the Cardinals get to spend a little bit more time together.

Express end regular season with rout of Cannons

July 26, 2016

STRASBURG – Tuesday’s Valley Baseball League matchup between Strasburg and Purcellville served as a preview of sorts for the first round of the North Division playoffs. The Express will be hoping for a repeat in Thursday’s encore at First Bank Park.

Wiley, Cardinals power past River Bandits

July 19, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – As the end of the Valley Baseball League regular season draws near, Front Royal is hoping to strengthen its hold on a playoff spot. The Cardinals took a step in that direction Tuesday night with an offensive outburst against visiting Woodstock.

Rebels trounce Royals in VBL action

New Market's Brendan Donovan dives head first into home plate after a wild pitch by Winchester's Dillon Brown during the first inning of Thursday night's game at Bridgeforth Field in Winchester. Donovan was safe on the play. Rich Cooley/Daily

July 14, 2016

WINCHESTER – New Market had been in a little bit of an offensive slump earlier this season, but the Rebels showed on Thursday night that they’ve found their offensive groove again.

Express rally past Lumberjacks

July 14, 2016

STRASBURG — For six innings Strasburg didn’t have a hit on Wednesday night, but in the seventh everything turned around.