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Exciting VBL action on a Saturday Nite!

Fauquier and Harrisonburg pushed their contest back to Monday but the remainder of the schedule went on as planned. The weather was hit and miss all over the Valley but here in Luray we only felt a few drops. Haymarket made the trip down I-66 and US-340 for the rematch with the Wranglers. When the teams met up in Haymarket earlier in the season the Senators put 10 runs on the score board and coasted to a 10-1 victory. Luray was ready for the rematch Saturday night and the Wranglers returned the favor by scoring 10 runs of their own in their 10-2 win. The game was a pitching duel until pushed across 7 UN-earned runs in the bottom of the 8TH inning to remove any doubt of the outcome. Waynesboro made the trip up I-81 to play at Rebel Park and the Generals also broke open a close game to pull away for a 5-1 victory. The game was tied 1-1 for a good portion of the night but Waynesboro came on late for the victory. I believe I heard the final of the Winchester- Front Royal

Chris Graham is at it again ! Check out Chris and John Leonard

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ATV-60 favorite Chris Graham (Augusta Free Press) strikes again for the Valley League. Chris sits down with John Leonard (All Things Valley League). The two chat for just 11 minutes about a number of topics concerning the VBL we all know and love. Both links are available on our site- so please jump over and check this out. I am listening to the visit as I type. When the dusts settles on my adventure I will remember the help from Chris and Crystal Graham! Keep up the great work! Quick Links: Augusta Free Press All Things Valley League Blog

Luray at Front Royal in Pictures

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Sorry about the lessened quality of some of these pictures. We had some technical difficulties earlier on with our battery situation but I think we still came away with some good shots of the game and some fans, as well. Welcome to Downtown Front Royal There was 2 shows in town last night Ohio State Righty Drew Rucinski Travis Smink leading the cheers Clay Kelly eyeing a fly ball Cory Johnson in the field Buck taking in another game Good fun at the Ball Yard Smink coaching first base for the Wranglers Check out the bat speed on this one! Look close and see the ball-coming or going ? A look around the "Bing" Clay Kelly heading to left field The fair is in town! A different kind of double header Frank Florio and Joni Turner Clay just before his single in the 8TH Smink being Smink ! There is the end result of the single A sac bunt moves Clay to second Jesse Henry and Clay Kelly Luray scores ! View of the score board and outfield wall Stop- you are making me dizzy Chris Rey

Saturday Afternoon in the Valley- Day #22 & Counting/ The UN-defeated Skipper

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The winning skipper and the happy fans ! Greetings from Luray .... It is hard to believe that we are starting week #4 tonight. It really does seem like yesterday when we started this adventure over in Woodstock back on 5/31/08. I have been able to go 21 for 21 on getting to a game and on all but one occasion , the game was played. I must admit I have been rained on a couple of times and by the way our puppy (Diamond) is shaking right now my guess is we will be getting rain again later today. She doesn't shake unless there is bad weather in the area. Haymarket will be making its first trip down to Bulldog Field later today. The Senators spanked the Wranglers by a 10-1 score when the two teams played up at Battlefield High School.The Sens coming to town is cool because that means Haymarket Joe will be at the ball park and everyone should get to be around Joe for at least one night. The game will also give me a chance to visit with Bernie & Company (The Fab 4), the new owners

The tale of the Tape- How many miles for our journey

Chris Graham asked me the night we met him again down in Staunton how many miles did we travel for our journey? We still had to get back to Luray for our 11 Th stop and I didn't have the #'s added up yet. Please remember that each person will have a different total based on where they live in the Valley. I believe the least miles one could drive could possibly be in New Market but that is another brain teaser for people smarter than myself. Here is a look at the actual door to door mileage from our house here in the southern part of the town of Luray : Day 1- Woodstock River Bandits (5/31) 34.5 miles each way = 69.0 miles Day 2- Waynesboro Generals (6/1) 65.5 miles each way = 131.0 miles * Day 3- Fauquier Gators (6/2) 43.0 miles each way = 86.0 miles Day 4- Front Royal Cards (6/3) 26.0 miles each way = 52.0 miles Day 5- Covington Lumberjacks (6/4) 132.0 miles each way= 264.0 miles * Day 6- Winchester Royal

3 VBL Double Headers Now on Tap/ Update from Omaha

I was scrolling down the remainder of the VBL schedule (My wife still has to make 3 more parks and is only home on the week ends) and I noticed three different times where there are now double headers on the page. In the good old days before life in MLB became all about the $$$, it would not be out of the ordinary to see a DH pop up once or twice on a Big League teams schedule. But now a days the only DH you will see is a Day/Night double dip where the cost of admission can be charged twice. Double Headers are great (except when they take place in the Lubbock,Texas sun and 95 degree heat for 7 hours and then you can't walk for all of the sunburn- see notes from DBU @ Texas Tech) for the fans. Now you will have 3 chances to catch a 4:00 PM / 7:30 PM double header on these following days: June 28TH- Staunton @ Fauquier July 5TH- Fauquier @ Covington (Day before All Star Game in Covington ) July 26TH- Luray @ Fauquier (Day before last day of season) Checking

Drama, Drama- We don't want no Drama:

I can't believe what I saw happen. In between putting the title to this post and starting the first line- Placido Polanco just hit a solo home run off Heath Bell with two outs in the top of the eighth inning to tie the game at 2-2 to once again leave my hero Greg Maddux in search of victory #351. Maddux gave up a lead off home run in the first inning to Curtis Granderson (9TH) before shuting down the Tigers. His line for the night thru seven innings- 1 earned run, 5 hits, 4 K's and 1 walk. Maddux had tossed 85 pitches for the night when skipper Bud Black went to the bench for a pinch hitter (Tony Clark). With his ERA lowered to 3.17 for the season, once again the win was left in the hands of the Friars bullpen. Bell retired the first two Tigers easily before Polanco hit his 3RD Home Run of the season on a check swing. Are you kidding me? Greg will remain at 3W-5L-and the number of no decesions goes up to 8. Blown saves for the bullpen for Maddux alone is now at 6 for

Friday Night Lights- Around The Valley Style

Friday night is here and the slate for June 20 Th 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 Sen

New Market @ Luray - Post Game Notes

I would like to start out by noting that one of the scores missing from last night turned out to be a 1-0 Woodstock victory over Harrisonburg . That gives Donn Foltz and Stu Richardson two wins in their last three games to pull the River Bandits to within 1 game of the logjam for the eighth and final playoff spot. The other score missing from last night was Staunton (8-7) 7 over Haymarket (5-10) 2. There were a pair of shut outs tossed last night so it will be interesting for me to check in later at John's site to see the pitcher of the day candidates . Now to the action last night up(the park is located 2.1 miles north of the house) at Bulldog Field. The summer thunder storm that rolled thru the area about 2 hours before game time made the 7:30 start questionable but the Wranglers were able to get the field ready in time and the first pitch came @ 7:32 PM. The storm also caused a drop in the temperature at the park that was drastic enough that I was prompted to announce the W

Battle of the Mountain Round 2 in Photos

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Pictures from tonight. Sorry they're so Smink-heavy but I'm just trying to make Juliana feel like she was really there to see him pitch :) Skipper Mike eyeing up the Wranglers Adam McClain at the dish.. Adam McClain about to go deep Josh Wright, Tanner and McClain celebrate his home run Smink hard at work What a beautiful sunset over Bulldog Field Hey- I recognize that puppy! Monte and Andy hard at work... Markel scored the Wranglers 2ND run in the 2ND Bruce Alger and Bill Turner share a moment A view from the Press Box Mrs.Charlie (Melissa Dodge) collected stamp #8 last night! Mr. & Mrs. Birmingham watching their son pitch Another shot of Mr.Smink at work The Birthday Girl! A meeting of the minds @ the mound.. Logan Turner enjoying the game from the front row.. How about that Zach Maxfield and his 3 run Homer Tanner cleaning up a bucket of balls Another shot of the 29 year old Birthday girl Mr. Bruce Alger getting stamp #11 of 12 !!!