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The Winchester Royals of the Valley Baseball League made the difficult but necessary decision to ban sunflower seeds and peanuts from Bridgeforth Field.
The concessions stand removed those products and fans cannot bring their own.
The team made the decision to stay compliant in their agreement with Shenandoah University to use the newly renovated stadium and turf field.
SU had asked the Royals to keep the field in the same or better condition from when they started the season which includes keeping the surface clean of any peanut or sunflower seed shells.
Those shells can burrow into the surface over time and cause issues with the drainage system and lead to the growth of mold.
As a result of the storms on Wednesday, a wooden light pole fell onto a fence at the newly renovated Bridgeforth Field.
The pole fell on the third base side of the field and missed the batting cages that were a part of those renovations.
The issue forced the Royals to swap Thursday’s home game and a future home game with the Purcellville Cannons.
Saturday’s game against the Front Royal Cardinals was moved up from 7 pm to 5 pm.
All future home games expected to start at an earlier time until the light pole is fixed.
In this edition of the Sports Dogs Podcast, we celebrate another season of Valley League Baseball by highlighting one of the flagship teams in the VBL, the Winchester Royals. R-Dog chats with Royals Head Coach and longtime area baseball man Mike Smith about the fortunes of the 2022 squad. Are you “Loyal to the Royals?”
Winchester Parks and Recreation is hosting a holiday open house today from 9 am – 11 am at the Rec Center in Jim Barnett Park.
The event is free and will feature a variety of activities including an adult Zumba class set to holiday music.
For the kids, their will be an elf scavenger hunt, ornament decorating, and more.
A Gingerbread House station will be open but will require pre-registration.
Raffles will be held to benefit the Winchester Parks Foundation.
Some of the prizes include gift cards to Old Town Winchester Businesses, Shenandoah University and Winchester Royals gear, and more.
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Royals-Express Suspended, Nats-Phils PPD Due To COVID, Olympic Update
In the Valley League Baseball Playoffs last night, Gme 1 of the North Division Finals between the Winchester Royals and Strasburg Express was suspended in the top of the 8th inning with the Express leading 8-6. Game 1 will resume this afternoon at 3pm in Strasburg, then the teams will head to Winchester for Game 2 at 7:30.
In the South Division Finals, Staunton evened it’s series against Waynesboro with a 7-6 win. The deciding Game 3 will be tonight in Staunton.
The Washington Nationals contest with Philadelphia last night was postponed due to a COVID-19 ourbreak on the Nats’ squad. 12 people have tested positive, including 4 players and 8 staffers. test results this morning will determine whether the 2 teams can play a 12:05 doubleheader. Should that twinbill take place, you can hear the action on Sports Radio 1450.
The Baltimore Orioles nipped the Miami Marlins last night 8-7. The Birds will be in Detroit tonight to take on the Tigers at 7:10.
And, at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, US swimmer Caleb Dressel took the gold in the men’s 100 meter freestyle, setting an Olympic record. Meanwhile, swimmer Bobby Finke captured the gold in the 800 meter freestyle, while the USA won the gold in women’s 3-on-3 basketball. The US leads the overall medal count with 37.
Royals Eliminate Woodstock, Nats Walked Off In Philly, Olympic Update
In the Valley Baseball League Playoffs last night, the Winchester Royals eliminated Woodstock with a 10-3 win at Bridgeforth Field. Winchester will now await the winner of the Strasburg-New Market series. Game 2 of that series was postponed until tonight at Rebel Park. Meanwhile, the opening game of the South Division final between Waynesboro and Staunton was also postponed until this evening.
Andrew McCutchen’s walk-off home run off reliever Brad Hand lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-5 win over the Nationals last night. The Nats, who blew leads of 4-0 and 5-3, fell to 45-54 on the season, as the club moves closer to seller’s mode before the trade deadline. The Nationals take on the Phils again tonight, starting at 6:35 on Sports Radio 1450.
The Baltimore Orioles entertain the Miami Marlins tonight at 7:05.
At the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, The USA now leads China in the overall medal count 22-21. Yesterday, US swimmer Lydia Jacoby won the 100-meter breaststroke in an upset win over teammate Lilly King. Defending champion Ryan Murphy settled for bronze in the backstroke.
VBL Scoreboard, O’s and Nats Back In Action Tonight
In the Valley Baseball League last night, New Market scored all of their runs in the sixth inning and downed Winchester 5-3. Purcellville and Charlottesville were also winners. Among the games tonight in the VBL, Winchester hosts Purcellville, Front Royal makes the short trip to Strasburg, while Woodstock heads to New Market.
The Washington Nationals continue their 9-game road trip tonight with a stop in Tampa. The Nats are currently 24-32, seven games back of first place New York in the NL East. Air time is 6:40 on Sports Radio 1450.
Meanwhile, the Baltimore Orioles, who are 4-1 in June, start a short 2-game series with the Mets tonight at Camden Yards. First pitch is 7:05.
And, top-seed Novak Djokovic and number-3 Rafael Nadal advanced to the Men’s quarterfinals of the French Open tennis tournament. on the Women’s side, American Coco Gauff also moved on to the quarters.
In this edition of the Sports Dogs Podcast, Scott Bradley comes out of the bullpen as we talk about a slice of Americana, the Valley Baseball League! After not having a season in 2020 due to COVID, VBL ballparks will be open this year to provide the “Gateway To The Majors.” Support your local Valley League Team, provide housing for a player if you can, and take the family to a game or 2 this Summer!