FRONT ROYAL -- Fielding has been an issue for the Front Royal Cardinals over the last several weeks, and their struggles on defense continued against visiting Covington in Wednesday night's Valley League contest at Bing Crosby Stadium.
NEW MARKET -- Sometime soon, possibly even next season, current New Market Rebels utility player Darian Carpenter will be providing a regular jolt to Virginia Commonwealth University's baseball lineup.
The lowly rock bass won't win many popularity contests among anglers. These fish are not sleek and powerful like a landlocked striper. They don't jump like a belligerent bass or streak through the currents like a rainbow trout or chinook salmon.
STRASBURG -- Jose Bonilla Traverso came to the United States two years ago from Puerto Rico, but he had never seen country life until he arrived in Strasburg earlier this summer. Bonilla Traverso had lived in Florida the past two years, so while playing for the Strasburg Express this season he saw a deer for the first time, and he's quickly getting used to the area.
STRASBURG -- Strasburg trailed early against Winchester on Friday night, but Express manager Ben Moore and his players were not too concerned. The Express have been playing with confidence and it showed in a fierce seventh-inning rally.
Stephanie Brennan, of Purcellville, has qualified for the Masters division of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games in California that will take place later this month, and two Winchester businesses are making sure she gets there.
WINCHESTER -- The Winchester Parks and Recreation Department announced on Friday that Shenandoah University head baseball coach Kevin Anderson will be the guest speaker for next month's Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series Banquet of Champions.
FRONT ROYAL -- Every time the Front Royal Cardinals managed to start climbing out of an early hole they'd dug at Bing Crosby Stadium on Thursday night, the visiting Winchester Royals responded by shoveling more dirt.
STRASBURG -- Strasburg manager Ben Moore made a decision a few weeks ago to bring his bullpen down in the dugout during games to help bring a little life to the dugout. The move has worked perfectly for the Express, and on Thursday night it was the pitching on the field that made the difference.