We are still here- I hope this is a good thing for most of you out there! Tonight will be game two of the opening round and three teams will be playing in front of their home fans with a chance of advancing to the semi-finals.
Waynesboro will make a 2+ hour106 mile loop/trek up to Haymarket to face the Senators. Haymarket held its own against the top seed until the bottom of the 8TH inning before falling last night 4-1. H-Joe will be on the mound tonight to toss out his first pitch in honor of him completing the ATV-60 Loop. I will be up there in hopes of capturing Joe's big moment as well as taking some pictures of the Parker family that completed their loop as well!
Seeds 2, 3 & 4 will all be on the road playing for their playoff lives. Luray (#2) will have the shortest trip as the Wranglers travel about 35 miles southwest to play the Turks at Memorial Stadium in Harrisonburg. Mike Bococck will be back on the bench and will have an ace or two left to try and run out there to slow down the momentum that the Turks have from last night.
Fauquier (#3) has a ROAD TRIP that I think is the longest in the VBL. Mapquest has them going thru Charlottesville on this 176 miles/3+ hour journey each way. Covington showed no jet lag from making the trip last night as the Lumberjacks scored 10 runs in their victory .
*** With 12 teams in the VBL next year and a different format this is a playoff series that could only take place from here out if it were for the Championship. The format this year mixed the teams back into one pile and then re-seeded them, thus creating a tough 1ST round match-up for both of the squads. It will become even more difficult for both if Fauquier manages to force a game three with a win tonight.
Winchester (#4) @ Staunton (#5)- The park should be rocking tonight down at Gypsy Hill when the Braves home crowd gets the opportunity to welcome home their team. Tim Tassa at http://www.nvdaily.com/ did a solid job with the game recap and the paper also managed to sneak-in a picture of Brooks Lowery greeting Tyler Townsend at the plate after a Royals home run! Brooks is the youngest son of Winchester skipper John Lowery Jr.
Another North vs. South match-up that covers 100+ miles each way. Great match-up to see but it makes it tougher for the visiting fans to travel to the ball yard.
Good Luck to all 8 teams tonight !