Strasburg secured a spot in the Valley Baseball League championship series last Friday when it walked off with a win over Woodstock in the decisive Game 3 of the North Division finals. The Express have since played a waiting game.
WOODSTOCK – A pair of Woodstock River Bandits swept the Valley Baseball League’s top player awards.
Strasburg and Woodstock have spent all summer in a race to see which team is the best in the Valley Baseball League’s North Division. One of those two squads will walk away with a division title this week.
Maynard “Mo” Weber, an iconic figure in the Valley Baseball League and the New Market Rebels organization, passed away Friday at the age of 96.
FRONT ROYAL – Front Royal may have been eliminated from the Valley Baseball League playoffs, but it didn’t show in the team’s final games of the season.
STRASBURG – With players hailing from all levels of college baseball and from all corners of the country, teams in the Valley Baseball League can sometimes need time to develop a winning chemistry. Count Furman University right-hander Mason Kenney among those pleasantly surprised with just h…
STRASBURG – Strasburg has been a little up and down lately but the Express still control their own destiny heading into the final games of the season.
NEW MARKET – Christian Horner sees the looks.
WOODSTOCK – Mick Bocock knows there’s a virus going around the Valley Baseball League, as it does every year at this time, and he just wants to keep his team far away from it.
WOODSTOCK – As Woodstock River Bandits pitching coach Charlie Shepard got to know Tristen Bayless at the start of the Valley Baseball League season, he was shocked to learn just how limited the left-hander’s role has been at the college level.
WOODSTOCK — New Market appeared to be getting hot at the right time, winning six of seven Valley League Baseball games with the end of the regular season closing in and finally finding some pop at the plate after the league’s all-star game on July 7. However, a return to the VBL playoffs for…
FRONT ROYAL – Twenty-eight days passed between Tre Dabney’s last game of the 2019 season at James Madison University and his Valley Baseball League debut for the Front Royal Cardinals on June 20.
After a 9-0 win over Winchester on July 8, Strasburg boasted the best record in the Valley Baseball League and held a five-game lead over Woodstock for first place in the North Division. The Express are now trying to survive an untimely slide and keep its grip on its division lead.
WOODSTOCK – While not yet officially eliminated from the Valley Baseball League playoff hunt, Front Royal would need something miraculous to happen in order to keep playing ball after the regular season ends next Thursday.
WOODSTOCK – Just over a week ago, Woodstock sat five games behind first-place Strasburg in the Valley Baseball League North Division standings with the end of the regular season closing in. There’s a week left before the start of the VBL playoffs, and the River Bandits have erased that deficit.
NEW MARKET -- Before New Market played its 31st game of the Valley Baseball League season, head coach Matt Schaeffer tried to simplify the remainder of the schedule for his players.
WOODSTOCK — Offense has not been a problem for the Woodstock River Bandits all season.
FRONT ROYAL — Trey Fields has always enjoyed the challenge of being a pitcher and a hitter and he’s brought that dual role to the Valley Baseball League.
STRASBURG — Strasburg Express head coach Brock Moss got to do a little extra coaching this past weekend as he was the head coach of the North Division team in the Valley Baseball League All-Star game on Sunday.
STRASBURG — Tyler Johnson wasn’t planning on being in the Valley Baseball League’s Home Run Derby on Sunday. Just minutes before it began, one of the players decided not to participate and Johnson was happy to take the open spot.
WOODSTOCK — Sometimes a step back can give athletes a new perspective and that’s exactly what happened to Aidan Nagle.
FRONT ROYAL - The Front Royal Cardinals continue to look for consistency.
NEW MARKET – Jonah Seagears hadn’t batted in the leadoff spot in a long time, but this season for the New Market Rebels it’s been the perfect spot for him.
WOODSTOCK – Woodstock River Bandits head coach Mike Bocock said things are finally coming together for his team.
STRASBURG – Sonny DiChiara took a tough break and turned it into a new opportunity.
NEW MARKET — New Market’s offense and pitching have been a little up and down throughout the season, but one steady component for the Rebels has been their defense.
STRASBURG — Strasburg has won eight games in a row and they’ve been doing it in a variety of ways.
FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal Cardinals have lost seven straight games but the team still has plenty of optimism for the rest of their season.
WOODSTOCK – The Woodstock River Bandits aren’t where they want to be yet, but head coach Mike Bocock is OK with that.
STRASBURG – Things couldn’t be going much better for the Strasburg Express.
STRASBURG – New Market hasn’t gotten off to the start it wanted to this season, but head coach Matt Schaeffer is seeing some good signs from his Valley Baseball League squad.
Bruce Alger, longtime president/general manager of the New Market Rebels and the current Valley Baseball League commissioner/president, is one of seven 2019 inductees to be installed in the VBL Hall of Fame, the league announced this week.
Whether it was a quarterback lighting up the stat sheet, teams enjoying playoff success, pitchers getting drafted or new faces taking over key positions, a lot happened in the local college athletics landscape in 2018.
The defending Valley Baseball League champions will have a new manager next season.
WOODSTOCK – After setting a franchise record for losses, Woodstock River Bandits management wanted to find a head coach who could help turns things around – and they found him. Legendary Valley Baseball League head coach Mike Bocock will take the reins next season for the River Bandits.
NEW MARKET – Throughout New Market’s surge during the season’s second half, manager Zac Cole repeatedly spoke of his team’s determination to win ballgames. That determination ultimately propelled the Rebels to the top of the Valley Baseball League.
New Market outfielder Andrew Eyster, whose arrival two weeks into the season helped turn the Rebels’ offense into one of the best in the Valley Baseball League, has claimed the VBL’s top postseason accolade.
The New Market Rebels are back in the Valley Baseball League championship series for the first time in 13 years.
After spending much of the summer struggling to play much better than .500 ball, the New Market Rebels have emerged as one of the hottest teams in the Valley Baseball League’s North Division at the season’s critical stage.
STRASBURG – The Strasburg Express have an uphill climb to make if they want to take the final playoff spot in the North Division of the Valley Baseball League.
The end of the Valley Baseball League season slated for Saturday is quickly approaching and the playoff race in the North Division remains unsettled, though that picture – which of the four teams will make the postseason, at least – could clear up in the next couple of days.
The weather is sure to have an effect on the final week of the regular season in the Valley Baseball League.
Express’s designated hitter Colton Schultz looks for the ball as he rounds third base during the sixth inning of their July 18 game against Charlottesville. Rich Cooley/DailyStrasburg’s designated hitter Colton Schultz runs to home plate to score during their July 18 game against Charlottesv…
The Front Royal Cardinals’ Rob Griswold slides into second base Thursday on a successful steal as Charlottesville Zac Ching prepares for a late tag. Rich Cooley/DailyFront Royal’s Rob Griswold stands up after stealing third base as Charlottesville’s Dom D’Allesandro looks on during Thursday …
Express players watch their teammates at bat during eighth inning action against Charlottesville on Wednesday. Rich Cooley/DailyStrasburg’s Justin Hayes slides and avoids a tag by Charlottesville’s Zac Ching on a second base steal attempt during Wednesday’s game. Rich Cooley/DailyStrasburg E…
The Valley Baseball League’s squad of traveling all-stars arrived at the Southern Collegiate Showcase in North Carolina on Monday looking to grab a pair of victories in the two-day event. The VBL didn’t quite get the two wins they were hunting, but the league left the event without a loss fo…
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FRONT ROYAL – Front Royal ruled the Valley Baseball League’s North Division for most of the summer season, but the Cardinals have lost their grip on the top spot in the standings with the end of the regular season fast approaching.
NEW MARKET – All season long New Market Rebels head coach Zac Cole has been looking for consistency for his team and with the playoffs just around the corner that hasn’t changed.