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.
WINCHESTER -- With Covington leading Winchester by three runs with two out in the top of the sixth inning, Lumberjacks cleanup hitter Mike Martinez launched a towering grand slam home run over the center-field fence to propel Covington to an 11-5 win on Friday in Valley League baseball.
WINCHESTER -- June in the Valley League is a learning experience that will hopefully pay dividends in July, and that was surely the case in Sunday's marathon 13-inning game between Winchester and Harrisonburg.
NEW MARKET -- In the first of four scheduled engagements in the Valley League season's "Battle of I-81," the Woodstock River Bandits traveled 20 miles down the interstate to take on the New Market Rebels on Sunday night.
NEW MARKET -- Jordan Owen, the tying run, stood at third base, just 90 feet away. Joe Maloney, the potential game-winning run, was in the batter's box. Standing at the plate with his team trailing by one run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Maloney was New Market's last hope.