Sports: Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Sports update on Handley’s Michael Brown signing a professional contract to play basketball in Croatia, Valley League Baseball, Nationals, and the Orioles.

Jeimer Candelario’s home run call on Fox Sports Radio 1450 WFTR.

Keibert Ruiz’s two run homer to make extend the lead to 7-3 on 1450.

Royals ban sunflower seeds and peanuts

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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.

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Light pole falls on Bridgeforth Field

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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.

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Sports Dogs Podcast: Winchester Royals Preview

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?”

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