Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday Night Lights- Around The Valley Style

Friday night is here and the slate for June 20Th goes like this:

The Luray Wranglers take the 25 mile journey up US-340 North to play ball at the
Stadium. The "Bing" will be the site for the Front Royal (8-8) vs. Luray (9-6) tilt that leads off the five game schedule.
Winchester (11-4) wins the Long Drive contest as the Royals make the trip down to Covington
to battle the Lumberjacks (9-6). Winchester was voted into 13TH place in the first poll released for all of the summer leagues- you can view the entire poll by going to the VBL site.
Waynesboro will travel over to Fauquier in a game between two teams with a record of 9-5. The Generals and the Gators are tied for the second best record behind Winchester.
Harrisonburg (6-11)will head up I-81 and then over on I-66 (right at 100 miles park to park)
to face Haymarket Joe and the Senators (5-10). This game will be a rematch of the outing when we made our tour stop in Harrisonburg. I believe the Senators won that one 4-1.
The fifth contest on the schedule for tonight has Staunton (8-7) heading up I-81 to face the River Bandits in Woodstock (4-11). Bruce Alger & his New Market nine (6-11) are idle tonight.
The other ball games of note tonight are (1.) UNC and LSU will try and finish the elimination game out in Omaha. The Tar Heels took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first before rain and lightning caused a delay of over 5 hours before they finally gave up for the night.
The second game I will be watching out for will begin at 10:05 PM. That is when Greg Maddux and the San Diego Padres host the Detroit Tigers out on the coast. Maddux is 0-2 over his last 7 starts despite having an ERA of 2.95 during that stretch. The Tigers will be sending a rookie out to make his second start of his career. Eddie Bonine has an ERA of 10.12 but the Padres offense tends to help all opposing pitchers lower there ERA this season.
Grab your jacket and Grab a friend- It Is Time To Catch Some Valley Baseball- 76 minutes until 1ST Pitch at a park near you

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