Saturday, July 26, 2008

Night #57- Excitement @ Every Turn: Rebels keep fighting, John Leonard's VLB Awards list (He welcomes your thoughts),Luray claims North,Teresa'sTurks

Just walked back in from a great night @ Memorial Stadium and I only have 1 hour before I have to head out to start the Sunday papers. Let's go quick:
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Thanks to Generals Sign Guy Mike- Mike kept me posted all day with scores and updates, including a posting Rebecca will put up shortly. He just let me know a few minutes ago that
they are in the fourth inning up at the Bing (10:50 PM). Haymarket @ Front Royal was delayed
by the weather but they are now playing ball.
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John Leonard @ ALL THINGS VALLEY LEAGUE has posted his list for possible MVP and Pitchers of the year. I think they should re-name the pitcher of the year award and call it the Greg Maddux award. John has compiled a great list and welcomes your feedback over at his
sight http://allthingsvalleyleague.typepad.com .
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Luray captured the second game of a double header against Fauquier by a final score of 2-1 and with the victory the Wranglers claim the Top Spot in the Northern Division for the 2008 season.
Mike Bocock's team also remains 1 game ahead of Waynesboro for the best record overall with two games left in the regular season. Those two teams are set to meet on Monday at Bulldog Field and the overall top seed in the playoffs could be up for grabs!
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New Market won an elimination game for the second night in a row when the Rebels edged
Harrisonburg by a final score of 3-1 tonight at Memorial Stadium. Bruce Alger's club lives to fight another day. I was able to visit with Jay H. and the Fetterly's for a few moments, then I was fortunate to meet the parents of Rebels reliever Dan Gentzler for the first time. Bruce and the entire Alger family was there as was Tacy Hawkins and Loopster Kay Helsey. Victor had driven the bus over again and the Rebels were well represented at the ball park.
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The ceremony before the game started was one of a kind! I knew Teresa Wease was going to try and create an atmosphere that her faithful fans would remember for summers to come and she accomplished just that. Mrs.Turks went with a field of dreams format that included 17 of the 18 Loopsters (Chris was in uniform as part of the police force that presented the colors) running thru a tunnel of Turks ballplayers.
Once they made their way through the tunnel they lined up on the first base line next to the Turks and listened to Kurt read a well written speech covering the history of Veterans Memorial Stadium. Beverly Black then added another great rendition of the National Anthem and we were moments away from playing baseball.
Each of the Loopsters had a special Goody Bag handed to them from Teresa that included a number of gifts from the Turks organization! The night was an emotional one for many at the park and we hope our pics later will help show just that. The Turks led the VBL in Loopsters by having 18 of the current 49 finishers and Teresa worked incredibly hard to make the night a special one!
More to come from last night after a bit:

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