FRONT ROYAL -- Blake Ford had confidence that he could come out with a better pitching start than last time, and the tall right-hander had just as much trust that his defense would make plays behind him.
WOODSTOCK -- The Front Royal Cardinals confirmed their turnaround from a seven-game losing streak with their second win in row, riding a five-run sixth inning to top the host Woodstock River Bandits, 6-3, in Wednesday night Valley League action.
WINCHESTER -- After blowing an early lead, Winchester trailed by a run with just six outs left Sunday in its Valley League game with Covington. The Royals fought back with six eighth-inning runs to defeat the Lumberjacks 12-7.
NEW MARKET -- Any doubts regarding the New Market Rebels' ability to follow up their 14-4 thrashing of the Winchester Royals on Thursday night were resoundingly dispelled as the Rebels lashed 11 hits and got a complete-game performance from pitcher Blaine Sims in topping the Luray Wranglers, 8-1, in Valley League action Friday night.
WINCHESTER -- It didn't take long for Winchester Royals coach John Lowery Sr. to notice the potential in shortstop Cory Spangenberg. In fact, through his team's first 26 games, Lowery has a pretty good idea what the future holds for his freshman sensation.
NEW MARKET -- The triple-digit temperatures that held throughout most of the day did not keep the fans away from Rebel Park on Thursday evening when New Market hosted Front Royal in Valley League action.
WOODSTOCK -- Buddy Sosnoskie was nearly asleep, his head tilted back as he dozed on his parents' deck near Charlotte, N.C. Sosnoskie's mother and brother were the first to give him the news: "You just got drafted, you just got drafted!" they erupted.
WOODSTOCK -- Carrying a three-game losing streak, the Woodstock River Bandits hosted the only team they had not lost to this season, the Waynesboro Generals, in a Wednesday night Valley League matchup.
WOODSTOCK -- Luray third baseman Jonathan Griffin smashed a three-run homer in the top of the first inning and Wranglers starting pitcher Kevin Carlow followed that up with five strong innings on the mound to pummel Woodstock Friday, 8-4, in Valley League baseball action.
WINCHESTER -- The Winchester Royals faced an almost impossible task on Sunday. They trailed 4-0 after a half inning to Rockbridge and were forced to scramble for pitching after scheduled starter Dustin Ward became sick just before the game.
NEW MARKET -- It didn't take much -- just some timely hitting, an efficient starting pitcher, and a few sips of luck -- but the New Market Rebels managed to upend top-ranked Haymarket, 4-3, on Wednesday at Rebel Park.
WINCHESTER -- Cory Spangenberg clubbed a three-run double to deep right field in the bottom of the fifth to propel Winchester to a dramatic come-from-behind 5-3 victory on Tuesday over Woodstock in Valley League action.