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Express takes advantage of Cards' mistakes

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. comments

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Cards, Express set to clash in VBL first round

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. comments

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Express hurler Hunter earns VBL's Player of the Week honor

Strasburg Express left-handed pitcher pitcher Brock Hunter has been named the Valley Baseball League's final D-BAT Player of the Week for July 21-27. comments

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Flying fast: Cards use steals to up pressure

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. comments

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Harvell makes good impression in Express' win

STRASBURG -- To his Strasburg Express teammates, left fielder Brandon Harvell is one of several members of the squad simply known as "new guy." comments

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Puerta sparks River Bandits

FRONT ROYAL --Woodstock's Esteban Puerta knows sometimes the key to success is to keep it simple. comments

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Express rallies for extra-inning win over Royals

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. comments

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Strasburg withstands Bandits' surge

STRASBURG -- The Woodstock River Bandits put on an impressive power display on Tuesday. comments

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Nations: Sprint to finish in VBL

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. comments

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Hunter solid as Express beat Senators

STRASBURG -- Brock Hunter had a little extra motivation during his start with the Strasburg Express on Monday evening. comments

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Rebels split doubleheader with Senators

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. comments

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Harper sharp in Cardinals win

FRONT ROYAL -- Jake Harper felt a little off before he stepped on the mound for the Front Royal Cardinals in Thursday's Valley League game against visiting Staunton at Bing Crosby Stadium. comments

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'Opie' puts on show for River Bandits

WOODSTOCK -- As walk-up music goes, Andrew Brodbeck has found a tune most fans would instantly recognize and no other Valley Baseball League player is likely to poach. comments

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Royals rally past River Bandits

WINCHESTER - The Valley Baseball League regular season is rapidly drawing to a close with fully six teams jockeying for the final three playoff spots. comments

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Rebels topple Express

STRASBURG -- New Market manager C.J. Rhodes got exactly what he wanted from his team on Wednesday night. comments

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Errors doom Cardinals as rally falls short

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. comments

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Jarrett lays own track on diamond

WOODSTOCK -- Zach Jarrett could've easily fallen into the sport of auto racing. Such a path would've hardly been surprising coming from a kid born into a family with such a rich racing tradition. comments

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Gandy leads the way for Cannons

STRASBURG -- Charles Town catcher Matt Gandy was the sum total of the Cannons' offensive output in Tuesday night's game against the Strasburg Express. comments

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Versatile Carpenter has bat for any spot

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. comments

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VBL willing to go an extra day for regular season

Baseball fans will have one extra night to take in a Valley Baseball League regular-season game this summer. comments

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Bonilla Traverso provides spark for Express

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. comments

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Late rally lifts Express past Royals

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. comments

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Winchester holds off Cardinals for win

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. comments

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Pitching helps spark Express past Generals

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. comments

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Payne enjoys experience with Strasburg

WOODSTOCK -- Anthony "Teddy" Payne had the makings of a great summer planned out last year. comments

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Newman sparks Cards to win

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. comments

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Streaking Express top River Bandits for sixth straight win

WOODSTOCK -- As bunts go, it was hardly a thing of beauty Luke Wurzelbacher dropped down for the Strasburg Express on Monday night. comments

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Kelly growing on the mound for New Market this summer

NEW MARKET -- Pitching at the collegiate level likely didn't seem like a real possibility for Garrett Kelly just a few years ago. comments

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Birds of a feather: Fellow starters Harper, Long shine for Cardinals

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. comments

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Fauber: Charlottesville a great addition to Valley League

Wednesday's announcement that a new Valley Baseball League team would be coming to Charlottesville next summer has stirred up quite a bit of excitement throughout the league. comments

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