Tuesday night I will be joining Donna Settle, Greg Brill and company in Front Royal as Around The Valley makes stop #4 of 11. Four is the number of the night as four area teams will do battle on four diamonds with the hopes of advancing to the Final Four.
Lets start in Luray, where the host Bulldogs (25-1) welcome Lancaster (16-7) into town. Luray defeated Strasburg in the Region B championship last Friday which gave Coach Steve Griffith and his nine the right to play at Bulldog Field. Griffith has been kind enough to call me a couple of times but we have yet to visit. The season the Bulldogs are having is history in the making and if Ace lefty Richard Galindez has his good stuff it could continue down to Radford for a Friday semi-final.
Luray AD Don Ehlers shared some thoughts with me about the team and I will put them in story form- win or lose Tuesday night. The Page News and Courier will have Bill Meade there and with the game on Tuesday night the fans will get to read all about it on Wednesday mid-day.
GO BULLDOGS !----First Pitch 6:00 p.m
Class A - Strasburg (21-3) @ Essex (20-2)..... 7:00 p.m.
Craig Orndorff will be making the trek over to Essex to call the game for the Ram faithful. Craig is the man behind www.valleysportsradio.com and you are invited to listen to all the action. The way Strasburg backs their teams I would not be surprised if half the town makes the trip down for the game. The defending champs are looking for a repeat trip to the Fab 4 and I hope they make it back to Radford.
Two Valley teams in Class AA look to make their way to Pulaski tonight as well...
News-Leader writer Al Samuels will join Waynesboro (17-6) as the Little Giants travel down I-81 to Abbington for a quarter-final showdown. If you can't make the trip please read the recap in the News-Leader at www.newsleader.com ... Waynesboro owner Jim Critzer doubles as the Little Giants skipper and he likes his teams chances on the road!
Class AA- Hidden Valley (21-4) @ Alleghany (23-1)...
A great match-up of 20 win teams with the winner moving to Pulaski for a semi-final next Friday.
Good Luck to all 4 area teams......