Waynesboro qualifies for States / Luray battles Clover Hill

Skipper Jim Critzer and his Waynesboro Little Giants (22-5) defeated Jefferson Forrest Thursday evening by a score of 10-8. The victory moves WHS back into state competition for a second consecutive season.

The Little Giants received a first round bye, then rallied late to defeat William Byrd before heading down to Amherst to face the JF Cavilers. The Cavs (18-5) struggled in the field for a second straight game and simply could not overcome 7 errors.

I don't want to spoil the read of Al Samuels coverage at www.newsleader.com or in the News Leader tomorrow. I am sure he will talk about a running catch and a 2-run homer! Way to go Waynesboro!

A number of Valley baseball teams went in search of an exhibition game to break in the troops. Both Staunton (vs. RCBL's Stuarts Draft) and Winchester (vs. Hagerstown Mud Cats) played at their home parks while Luray made a 44 mile drive out to Clover Hill (RCBL) to face the Bucks.
Coach Bocock talked late last night about some of his big city kids getting to see some down home "Americana" during the journey and there was a report of one of the players from Miami did see a cow up close for the first time!

"The ball field out at Cover Hill is right out of Field of Dreams," Bocock noted. "It is a great place for us to get to play baseball."

We made the trip and stayed until the final out of the Wranglers 8-4 victory over the Bucks. There will be some great pictures up later today and some game notes. Bill Turner (Luray owner) and his family made the trip with the team and a decent amount of Clover Hill supporters showed up to watch the home town nine as well.

Jeff Jefferson (Liberty U.) was coming off a monster performance in the Big South tournament and stayed hot at the plate by going 3 of 3 with a double to lead the Wrangler attack.

More on the game and photos later but it is now Friday and we play ball for real on Saturday night!

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