Valley League

Area sports ranked among state’s best

Central's Mary Wakeman, left, Sydney Plum, center, and Rebecca Truban, right, celebrate after defeating Loudoun Valley in the Conference 28 girls basketball finals. The Falcons advanced to the Group 3A state semifinals, their deepest postseason run in 18 years.   Rich Cooley/Daily file

January 2nd, 2015

The beginning of 2015 is here, marking the end of yet another year of local sports. The past year provided the area’s sports scene with mix of storylines: state championships were won, records were set, childhood dreams were realized and a beloved coach and mentor was laid to rest.

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Parker Neal, the director of player personnel for the Strasburg Express, has partnered with director of player development Duke Dickerson to create the Strasburg Express Scouting Network, a nationwide web of former professional baseball players, coaches and scouts.   Rich Cooley/Daily

December 26th, 2014

Duke Dickerson sees the baseball community as a close-knit family, a fraternity in which the older generations help out the sport’s younger participants. That’s the idea behind his newest venture with the Strasburg Express in the Valley Baseball League.

Express names Stroop as new manager

October 28th, 2014

Strasburg Express President and General Manager Jay Neal didn’t have to look far when searching for a new manager for the Valley Baseball League team this season.

Harper named top arm in VBL

August 4th, 2014

Front Royal first-year manager Brad Neffendorf chose left-hander Jake Harper as his starting pitcher for the Cardinals’ season opener against Aldie back on May 30 because he felt Harper was the guy who could set the tone for Cardinals in the 2014 Valley Baseball League season.

2014 All-Valley Baseball League Team

August 4th, 2014

2014 Valley League Most Valuable Player: Gunnar McNeill, Staunton
2014 Valley League Pitcher of the Year: Jake Harper, Front Royal

Cannons top Express in first game of series

August 2nd, 2014

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. — Just as the chips were down for the Charles Town Cannons against the Strasburg Express in game one of the Valley Baseball League semifinal series at Sager Field Friday night, Cannons manager Brett Fuller had to go all in on a position player to take the mound.

Harvell’s homer wins series for Express

July 31st, 2014

FRONT ROYAL — Brandon Harvell might be late to the party, but he sure made sure the Strasburg Express celebrated on Thursday night at Bing Crosby Stadium.

Express takes advantage of Cards’ mistakes

July 29th, 2014

FRONT ROYAL — Strasburg Express manager Ben Moore has continually stressed the importance of winning the battle of what he refers to as the “free 90,” a term used to describe errors, walks, stolen bases, passed balls, wild pitches — anything that awards an opponent an extra base.

Cards, Express set to clash in VBL first round

July 28th, 2014

Strasburg Express first-year manager Ben Moore held a team meeting several weeks ago to discuss how he and his coaching staff could improve the team’s experience over the final stretch of the Valley Baseball League season. During that meeting, Moore, who thinks many college baseball players today have become too robotic while coaches control nearly every aspect of the game, decided he was going to take a more relaxed approach and simply allow the Express to have fun.

Puerta sparks River Bandits

July 25th, 2014

FRONT ROYAL –Woodstock’s Esteban Puerta knows sometimes the key to success is to keep it simple.

Flying fast: Cards use steals to up pressure

July 25th, 2014

Brad Neffendorf went into his first recruiting year as the new manager of the Front Royal Cardinals with one primary objective — find some pests, and lots of them.

Express rallies for extra-inning win over Royals

July 24th, 2014

WINCHESTER — The Strasburg Express never feels like it’s out of a game, no matter how large the deficit. But being no-hit through five innings while trailing by six runs? That’s pushing it.

Nations: Sprint to finish in VBL

July 22nd, 2014

The Valley Baseball League playoffs are just less than a week away, and all indications are that it will be a mad dash to the end of the regular season.