NEW MARKET --New Market had an opportunity to make up some ground in a push to make the postseason on Friday when it hosted Aldie in a doubleheader. The Rebels weren't able to get a sweep, but they did rally in the second game to pull out a split at Rebel Park.
FRONT ROYAL -- Fielding has been an issue for the Front Royal Cardinals over the last several weeks, and their struggles on defense continued against visiting Covington in Wednesday night's Valley League contest at Bing Crosby Stadium.
NEW MARKET -- Sometime soon, possibly even next season, current New Market Rebels utility player Darian Carpenter will be providing a regular jolt to Virginia Commonwealth University's baseball lineup.
STRASBURG -- Jose Bonilla Traverso came to the United States two years ago from Puerto Rico, but he had never seen country life until he arrived in Strasburg earlier this summer. Bonilla Traverso had lived in Florida the past two years, so while playing for the Strasburg Express this season he saw a deer for the first time, and he's quickly getting used to the area.
STRASBURG -- Strasburg trailed early against Winchester on Friday night, but Express manager Ben Moore and his players were not too concerned. The Express have been playing with confidence and it showed in a fierce seventh-inning rally.
FRONT ROYAL -- Every time the Front Royal Cardinals managed to start climbing out of an early hole they'd dug at Bing Crosby Stadium on Thursday night, the visiting Winchester Royals responded by shoveling more dirt.
STRASBURG -- Strasburg manager Ben Moore made a decision a few weeks ago to bring his bullpen down in the dugout during games to help bring a little life to the dugout. The move has worked perfectly for the Express, and on Thursday night it was the pitching on the field that made the difference.
FRONT ROYAL -- Wednesday was supposed to be an off day for Front Royal third baseman Hunter Newman, and he spent most of the Cardinals' Valley League game against Waynesboro hanging out in the bullpen with some of his teammates.
NEW MARKET -- For a pair of pitchers who attack opposing batters from diametrically opposite sides, Front Royal Cardinals starters Jake Harper and Keegan Long seem to have a knack for ending up in the same place.