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Royals roll to victory

WINCHESTER -- After falling behind early in each of their last five outings, the Winchester Royals tried something different on Tuesday night. comments

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Cardinals outlast Generals in 11 innings

FRONT ROYAL -- Late-inning heroics and a bit of lady luck gave Front Royal a come-from-behind victory in front of their home fans Tuesday night. comments

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Turks topple Royals

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. comments

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Woodstock holds off New Market rally

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. comments

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Front Royal stymies rally-minded Rebels

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. comments

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Cardinals pick up walk-off victory

FRONT ROYAL -- Now in his second season in the Valley Baseball League, Front Royal outfielder James Roche knows a thing or two about coming up with a clutch hit. comments

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River Bandits hold on to grab Valley League lead

WOODSTOCK -- The Waynesboro Generals and Woodstock River Bandits, both with 3-1 records and sharing the Valley League top spot with the Staunton Braves, faced off Thursday night. comments

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New Market earns win against Rapids

NEW MARKET -- Something had to give. Although New Market and Rockbridge both lamented identical one-win records heading into their Wednesday night game at Rebel Park, the teams were indeed polar opposites of each other. comments

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Almeida pitches Bandits to victory

WOODSTOCK -- Just before the ninth inning, Woodstock skipper Don Foltz went to starting pitcher Oscar Almeida in the dugout. The freshman from the University of New Mexico had already thrown eight scoreless innings, but had to get the green light from his coach before he could head back out to finish the game. comments

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Home invasion: River Bandits swipe victory on the road

FRONT ROYAL -- An impressive pitching performance by Ben Paullus from Memphis University shut down the Front Royal Cardinals on Tuesday night in Valley League action. comments

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Senators roll past Royals

WINCHESTER -- The defending Valley Baseball League champion Haymarket Senators stepped off the bus swinging the bats on Tuesday night at Bridgeforth Field. comments

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Bennett, Royals shut down Cardinals

WINCHESTER -- In the top of the second inning during Sunday's Valley League contest between Front Royal and Winchester, the Cardinals had the bases loaded with no outs, and things looked grim for the Royals. comments

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Boys of summer: Season wouldn't be the same without America's pastime

James Phillips can remember a time when the Valley Baseball League was nothing more than a Sunday sandlot activity. There were no expensive charter buses to ship the players from town to town, no lights to play games after dusk. Players would gather each weekend, most of them scrounged together from around the local town, and play baseball. comments

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Strasburg picks Express as VBL nickname

STRASBURG -- All aboard the Strasburg Express. After sifting through suggestions from the Strasburg community the past several weeks, the town's newest addition to the Valley Baseball League will be nicknamed the Strasburg Express. comments

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Strasburg lands VBL franchise for 2011 season

STRASBURG -- The Valley Baseball League announced Tuesday, when it released its 2010 schedule, that team owners have approved the purchase of the floundering Fauquier Gators franchise by Strasburg Community Baseball Inc. comments

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New Market players will have stories told in book

NEW MARKET - Bruce Alger talks up the New Market Rebels for their stadium, Rebel Park, and a combination of the "mystique, mountains and moonlight" that brings people to Valley Baseball League games each summer. comments

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Lowery hired by the Royals as manager

WINCHESTER -- John Lowery has more than 40 years of experience coaching baseball. Whether serving as a coach in high school or as an assistant in the Valley League, he has spent four decades ensconced in the sport he loves to teach. comments

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Lowery Jr. resigns as manager: Royals' top coach steps down after three years at helm

WINCHESTER -- For John Lowery Jr., his proudest moment as manager of the Winchester Royals wasn't when his team was on top of the Valley Baseball League. In fact, it was when his Royals weren't even playing .500 ball. comments

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Richardson sells the River Bandits

After six years, Stu Richardson has sold the Woodstock River Bandits to Jim Yates, who lives in Rappahannock County. The sale was approved by the Valley Baseball League on Thursday. comments

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Royals, Rebels each overcome adversity: Both teams happy with season despite losing in semifinals

WINCHESTER -- The Valley Baseball League seasons of Winchester and New Market ended Friday, as both teams were on the wrong end of sweeps in the playoff semifinals. comments

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New Market, Winchester eliminated from VBL playoffs

The Valley Baseball League finals are set. Covington defeated Winchester and Haymarket took down New Market in the second game of both series on Friday night. Both series were sweeps, and the finals will be a showdown between the two lowest seeds in the eight-team tournament, which started earlier this week. comments

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Royals toss no-hitter, but lose Game 1 to Lumberjacks

WINCHESTER -- Two nights ago, the Winchester Royals won a game that had many fans at Bridgeforth Field scratching their heads. comments

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