Winchester Royals: Game Recaps

Sunday, July 31
Playoff Game 2 Royals 2 Cardinals 3

The Royals were swept 2-0 in the first round of the Northern Division as they lost to the Front Royal Cardinals 3-2 Sunday night at Bing Crosby Stadium. The game was scoreless until the 4th when the Cards scored 2 runs as Tyler Kaiser drove in Clay Hunt who had walked and Michael Hartnagel drove in Martin Napelton.

The Royals came right back and scored 2 runs as Jacob Koos' double drove in JJ Shaffer and Derick Gibree with the tying runs. The Cards scored the winning run in the 8th when Royals starter Joey Jones over threw first base, allowing Clay Hunt to reach third. Hunt later scored on a sac fly by Joey Mundy.

The Royals stranded Brandon Burke at 2nd in the 9th to end the 2016 season for the Royals.

Michael Hartnagel led the Cards' attack with 3 hits and an rbi. Hartnagel was 6-10 for the series. The Royals had 4  hits for the night, including dbls by Koos and Gibree.

 

 



Friday, July 29
Playoff game 1 Royals 5 Cards 6

In the first game of the Northern Division playoffs, the Front Royal Cardinals edged the Royals 6-5 in 10 innings on Friday night at Bridgeforth Field. The Royals were being held in check by Cards starter Blake Whitney thru 5 innings when they got him for single runs in the 6th and 7th. The Royals got to reliever Frank Rubio for 3 runs in the 7th. The big hits in the 7th were JJ Shaffer's single in the hole at short scoring Devon Gearhart. and Jaylen Woulard's single to left scoring Brandon Burke to give the Royals a 5-3 lead.

The Royals brought on John Barr to hold the lead but the Cards scored 2 runs in the 9th  after 2 were out and an error by 1st base. The Cards scored one more in the 10th to take a 6-5 lead. Mitch Stophel pitched the 10th and struck out the side.

Game 2 of the playoff will be played in Front Royal on Saturday night. The Royals need a win to return home for the final game of the semi-finals.



Tuesday, July 26
Game 42 Ruyals 10 River Bandits 3

The Royals broke out early with 7 runs in the 2nd inning to defeat the River Bandits 10-3 Tuesday night in Woodstock. With the win, the Royals secured 2nd place in the Northern Division and home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They will host Front Royal Thursday night to start a best of three series. The Royals rapped out 17 hits with Jacob Koos and Devon Gearhart having 3 each. It was an all out effort by the Royals as each batter had at least one hit.

Robert Bamford started for the Royals and gave up 3 runs on 9 hits over 7 innings. Dillon Brown and Devon Gearhart closed out the game. The Royals end the regular season with a 23-19 record.



Monday, July 25
Game 41 Royals 3 Cannons 6

The Royals, trying to break a 3 game losing streak and get a better hold on 2nd place, went to their bull pen only to lose to the Purcellvlle Cannons 6-3 Monday night at Firemans Field. Devon Stubbings and Cameron Fritz pitched the first five innings, giving up 6 runs on ten hits. Mac Krupp and John Barr closed out the game, giving up just 1 hit. The Cannons used 4 pitchers, with Tyler Yancey getting the win. Yancey gave up a 2 run homer to Kevin Fuller in the 4th. Marques Inman paced the Cannons at the plate with 3 hits an 1 rbi.

With the win, the Cannons secured a playoff spot. The Royals need a win on Tuesday over Woodstock to have home field in the Northern Division.



Sunday, July 24
Game 40 Royals 2 Express 12

The Strasburg Express turned a 5-2 lead into a rout as they scored 7 runs in the 8th for a 12-2 win over the Royals Sunday night at Bridgeforth Field. The Royals showed a little life in the 6th as they scored 2 runs, mainly on Trevor Jensen's home run. The Royals called on their infielders to hold the scoring down but the Express jumped on Ryan Keegan and they quickly got to him for 5 runs on 6 hits. Brandon Burke relieved and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits. The Royals called on catcher Kevin Fuller to close out the game, pitching shut out ball. The Express rapped out 19 hits, incuding a home run by E.Galgano. Craig led the Express with 4 hits and Pharis and Galgano had 3 each.

Louis Pugleise took the loss for the Royals and Ben Dum got the win.

The Royals close out the regular season with a game at Purcellvile Monday and Woodstock Tuesday.

The Playoffs begin on Thursday



Saturday, July 23
Game 39 Royals 3 Cards 8

The Royals lost to the Front Royal Cardinals 8-3 Saturday night at Bridgeforth Field. With 2 out, the Cards scored 5 unearned runs in the 3rd inning. For the inning, the Royals committed 3 errors, 2 walks and a passed ball, and gave up 5 hits. Starter John Lollar took the brunt of the Royals' mishaps. Cards starter Jocob Ramos had a no hitter thru 5 when he was touched for a single to short by JJ Shaffer. Shaffer later scored on a passed ball. The Royals managed only 2 hits but scored 3 runs (2 earned).

The Royals close the regular home season on Sunday when they host the Strasburg Express. The playoffs begin on Thursday with the likely opponent being the Front Royals Cardinals.



Friday, July 22
Game 38 Royals 1 TomSox 4

The Royals couldn't get their bats going off Sox starter Will Hartsell as he shut them down for 7 innings, giving up 1 run on 4 hits. The Sox got to John Bentley as he gave up a lead off home run to Mitchell Webb to start off the 7th. The Sox added 2 more in the 8th to seal the win. Daniel Brumbaugh (he was a Royal last year) pitched the last 2 innings for the Sox, giving up just 2 hits over 2 innings to earn the save. Chris Hopkins started for the Royals and gave up just 1 run over 6 innings.

Devon Gearhart led the Royals at the plate with 2 hits. The Royals will be home on Saturday to take on Front Royal.



Friday, July 22
Game 37 Royals 4 Rebels 3 (11 innings)

In a low scoring game at Rebel Park, the Royals edged the New Market Rebels 4-3 in 11 innings. The Royals scored the winning run as Pete Rivera singled home Devon Gearhart. The Royals trailed 3-1 going into the 9th. The Royals scored 2 runs as Devon Gearhart drove in Luke Parker and Derek Gibree with tying runs. The Royals had 10 hits for the night with Gearhart getting 3 and Levine, Parker and Shaffer having 2 each.

Dillon Brown started and pitched 5 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned). Fritz, Bamford and Barr closed out the game. Barr pitched 3 scoreless innings to get the win. 

The Royals travel to Charlottesville Friday for a 6pm start. The Royals return home Saturday to take on Front Royal and Strasburg on Sunday.



Tuesday, July 19
Game 36 Royals 14 Cannons 5

The Royals had their bats working as they rapped out 22 hits in defeating the Purcellville Cannons 14-5 Tuesday night at Bridgeforth Field. Rico Soto and Kevin Fuller accounted for 10 of those, going 5-5 each. Spencer Levine hit his 2nd grand slam of the season in a 5 run third. Luke Parker launched a 3 run dinger in the 8th. Soto's 5 hits put him over 300. for the first time this season. 

Joey Jones pitched a stong 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits to run his record to 4-0. Devon Stubbings and Robert Bamford closed out the game. The Royals are off Wednesday and travel to New Market on Thursday and to Charlottesville Friday for a 6 PM start.



Sunday, July 17
Game 35 Royals 10 Cards 3

The Royals notched their 20th win as they ran over the Front Royal Cardinals 10-3 Sunday night at Bing Crosby Stadium. The game was tied at 3 when the Royals erupted for 5 runs in the 5th to basically put the game away. The Royals rapped out 12 hits with the bottom of the order garnishing 9 of them. Rico Soto had 3 hits, including a 2 run dinger in the 9th. Parker, Shaffer and Burke had 2 each.

Louis Pugleise pitched six strong innings to get the win. John Bentley pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief and Cameron Fritz closed out the 9th.

The Royals return home Tuesday to take on Purcellville.  The game is sponsored by Apple Valley Hyundai and ADMISSION is FREE!



Saturday, July 16
Game 34 Royals 2 River Bandits 8

The Woodstock River Bandits jumped out to a 3-0 lead after 3, and a 4 run 5th sealed the win as the Royals only scored 2 runs for the game. Royals starter Jon Peterson took the brunt of the scoring as he gave up 11 hits and 7 runs in five innings. Robert Bamford pitched the last four innings, giving up 1 run on four hits. Of the 15 hits the Bandits had, only one went for extra bases -- a double by Nick Ward. The Royals had 6 hits with JJ Shaffer getting 2 hits and scoring the Royals' 2 runs. Ward and Eric Garza had 3 hits each for the Bandits.

Preston Mott got the win for the Bandits, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits. Zach Perkins closed out the game.

The Royals travel to Front Royal Sunday to take on the Cardinals and return home Tuesday to face the Cannons -- a sponsored game with free admission.



Friday, July 15
Game 33 Royals 3 Turks 2 (11 innings)

In a low scoring game, the Royals edged the Turks in 11 innings 3-2. The game was played before a crowd 362 at Bridgeforth Field. The Turks scored one in the first but the Royals came back quickly on a 2 run homer by Spencer Levine. The Turks tied it at 2 in the 2nd and neither team scored again 'til the 11th. Rico Soto led off the 11th with a double to deep left. Kevin Fuller's sac bunt was thrown into right field allowing Soto to score the winning run. Devon Gearhart led the Royals at the plate with 4 hits.

John Lollar started for the Royals and went six innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. Krupp and Barr pitched the last five innings of shut out ball with Barr getting the win. The Royals are now 19-14 and host Woodstock on Saturday.

 

 



Thursday, July 14
Game 31 Royals 6 Rebels 12

The New Market Rebels turned a 4-4 game in the 5th into a 12-6 rout. Cameron Fritz took the brunt of the Rebels' hot bats as he gave up 6 runs over 1.1 innings pitched. Dillon Brown started for the Royals and gave up 4 runs over 5 innings while giving 7 hits and striking out 6. Jacob Koos homered for the Royals and Chase Demars for the Rebels. Jaylen Woullard had 3 hits for the Royals. The Royals are now 18-14

The Royals host the Turks Friday and River Bandits on Saturday.

 



Thursday, July 14
Game 30 Royals 9 River Bandits 0

The Royals had their way with the River Bandits on Wednesday night with a 9-0 win at the Central Sports Complex in Woodstock. The Royals opened the game with a walk to Devon Gearhart and a triple by JJ Shaffer. Shaffer later scored on a ground out. They put the game away by scoring 4 runs on 4 hits in the 4th. For the game, the Royals only managed 7 hits but Bandits pitchers issued 9 walks and were backed by 3 errors. Derick Gibree had 2 hits and JJ Shaffer scored 3 runs and Gearhart 2.

Joey Jones got the win for the Royals, going 5 shut out innings, allowing just 2 hits and 5 Ks. Robert Bamford and Devon Stubbings closed out the game.

The Royals return home Thursday to start a 3 game home stand by taking on New Market in game one.



Tuesday, July 12
Game 29 Royals 6 Cannons 5

The Royals eked out a 6-5 win over the Purcellville Cannons Monday night at Bridgeforth Field. The game start was delayed 30 minutes by a rain shower and again in the 5th inning. The Royals were down 4-0 in the 5th when they loaded the bases and Spencer Levine's grand slam cleared the bases to tie the game. Levine came thru again in the 6th, driving in Devon Gearhart with the go ahead run. The eventual winning run was driven in by Brandon Burke's double driving in Jaylen Woullard. The Royals had 8 hits for the game but they came at the right time.

Chris Hopkins started for the Royals and gave up 3 runs over 3 innings. John Bentley relieved and gave up one run over 4 innings while striking out 6 to earn the win, his fourth of the season. Mac Krupp closed to earn the save.

The Royals travel to Woodstock Tuesday and return home Wednesday to begin a three game home stand.

 



Friday, July 8
Game 28 Royals 4 Lumberjacks 7

The Royals lost to the Covington Lumberjacks Friday night 7-4 at Casey Field. The Royals scored two runs in the first inning on 4 walks and no hits to takes a 2-0 lead. The lead didn't last long as the Jacks scored in every inning except the first, 6th and 8th.

Louis Pugliese started for the Royals and took the loss, giving up 4 runs in 3.1 innings. Joey Jones relieved and gave up 2 runs in 2.2 innings. Krupp and Fritz closed out the game. The Royals only managed 6 hits for the game, with JJ Shaffer getting 2 hits and one Rbi. The Royals loaded the bases in the 9th but failed to score.

The Royals are off for the All Star break and will resume play on Tuesday, hosting the Cannons.

 



Thursday, July 7
Game 27 Royals 4 Express 8

The Royals lost to the Strasburg Express 8-4 Thursday night at First Bank Park. The Express built an 8-0 lead thru 5 innings and cruised from there. Their runs came mainly on 3 home runs by Bradon Quarants, Dylan Ingram and Carter Pharis. The Express used four pitchers with Peyton Plumlee earning his 5th win of the season in relief of starter Ben Gum.

The Royals made a mild rally in the 9th on back to back home runs by Rico Soto and Brandon Burke. Burke had 2 of the Royals 8 hits.

Jon Peterson took the loss for the Royals, giving up 7 runs on 9 hits. Devon Stubbings and Robert Bamburg closed for the Royals.

The Royals travel to Covington Friday and are off 'til after the All Star game on Sunday.



Wednesday, July 6
Game 27 Royals 6 Rebels 1

The Royals scored three runs (2 unearnd) in the first two innings and went on to defeat the New Market Rebels 6-1 before a crowd of 599 and free admission sponsored by Glory Days. The Royals only managed 6 hits off 4 Rebels pitchers with Jacob Koos and Spemcer Levine having 2 each.

John Lollar started for the Royals and allowed 1 run on four hits to get the win. John Bentley pitched 3 innings of shut-out ball, allowing 1 hit over three innings. Cameron Fritz closed out the game, facing 3 batters in the 9th.

The Royals travel to Strasburg Thursday and to Covington on Friday.



Tuesday, July 5
Game 26 Royals 2 Express 8

The Royals lost their third straight to the Strasburg Express 8-2 at First Bank Field on Tuesday night. Tonight it was the 'little' guy who did in the Royals. Erick Delgado had 3 hits and four Rbis and scored a run. Jeffery Scott hit a home run in the 8th for the Express.

Dillon Brown took the loss for the Royals, pitching 6 innings while giving up 4 runs (1 earned).

The Royals host New Market on Wednesday.



Sunday, July 3
Game 25 Royals 4 Rebels 2 (11 inings)

The Royals defeated the Rebels in New Market Sunday night 4-2 in 11 innings. The Royals scored 2 runs in the 11th on 5 walks, no hits and one error. Cameron Fritz got the win going 2.1 innings and striking out 5. Brandon Burke homered in the 2nd to give the Royals an early 1-0 lead. Starter Chris Hopkins pitched 7 innings, giving up just one run.

The Royals are now 15-10 and play at Strasburg on Tuesday and return home Wednesday to host New Market.  FREE ADMISSION on Wednesday night!



Saturday, July 2
Game 24 Royals 6 Cardinals 5

The Royals have been waiting for Spencer Levine to arrive in camp to hit a few home runs. He did just that in only his 2nd game of the season as he hit a towering home run over the scoreboard in the 10th inning to give the Royals a 6-5 win over the Front Royals Cardinals Saturday night a Bridgeforth Field. Levine also hit a solo shot in the second. He had 4 hits for the night. The Royals trailed early 3-1 but kept coming back as Rico Soto's 2 run homer in the 7th pulled them within one and the Royals added another in the 8th as JJ Shaffer scored on Kevin Suarez's ground out.

Joey Jones started and pitched 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits. Louis Pugliese pitched the last 4 innings, giving up one run on 4 hits to get the win.

The Royals rapped out 14 hits with Levine having 4 and Derek Gibree adding three.

The Royals travel to New Market on Sunday for a 7:30 start.



Friday, July 1
Game 23 Royals 3 Express 5

The Royals lost to the Express 5-3 at First Bank Field Friday night. Dylan Ingram hit two towering home runs, scored 3 runs, and had 3 rbis for the Express. Brandon Quaranta had 1 hit and scored 1 run. The Royals couldn't match those numbers. The Royals had 6 hits, including 2 each by Koos and Jensen.

John Barr started for the Royals and took the loss. Barr allowed 6 hits and 5 runs. Mac Krupp closed out the game.

Derrick Mount got the win for the Express, allowing 3 runs on six hits over 6.1 innings. Drew Avens shut down the Royals to earn the save.

The Royals host Front Royal Saturday and travel to New Market on Sunday.



Thursday, June 30
Game 22 Royals 3 Express 7

The Strasburg Express came out of the gate quickly as they scored 5 runs in the first 3 innings to defeat the Royals 7-3 on Thursday night at Bridgeforth Field. Newly activated Brandon Quaranta did most of the damage for the Express as he homered in the 2nd and had a 2 run triple in the 3rd. The five runs proved all they needed for the win. The Royals had 10 hits off 4 Express pitchers. Quaranta, who is also listed as a pitcher, closed the game for the Express.

Jon Peterson started for the Royals and gave up five runs and 9 hits over 5 innings. David Lee and Devon Stubbings closed out the game for the Royals.

Matt Allen, Derek Gibree and Jacob Koos had two hits each for the Royals.

The same two teams go at it again Friday at First Bank Field. 



Wednesday, June 29
Game 21 Royals 3 Generals 2

In a low scoring game, the Royals pulled out the win by scoring in the last of the 12th to defeat the Waynesboro General 3-2 Wednesday night at Bridgeforth Field. The Royals JJ Shaffer led off the 12th with a walk; Gibree bunted and the pitcher couldn't handle the ball; Shaffer advanced to second and Gibree safe at first with a single; Jacob Koos bunted and the pitcher over-thru 3rd and Shaffer came home on the error for the 3-2 win. Both teams scored in the 11th as Matt Allen scored on a sac fly by Brandon Burke. Earlier, Kevin Suarez homered to left to tie the score at one.

The Royals used two pitcners in relief of starter John Lollar who pitched 6 innings, allowing one run while striking out four. John Bentley pitched 4 scoreless innings. Cameron Fritz closed and gave up one run to get the win.

Jacob Koos had 2 hits in his debut with the Royals and Kevin Suarez homered.

The Royals host Strasburg Thursday in a make up game.



Tuesday, June 28
Game 20 Royals 2 Turks 5

The Royals lost a close one in Harrisonburg Tuesday night 5-2. The game was tied at 2 'til the 8th when the Turks erupted for 3 runs that the Royals couldn't overcome. Kevin Fuller led off the 7th with a double. With Gibree at bat, Fuller was caught trying to steal 3rd. 

Malik Jones pitched the last 2 innings and shut down the Royals on one hit and one strike out.

The Royals record is now 12-8. They play Strasburg on Thursday June 30th @ Bridgeforth Field. Friday July 1st and Tuesday July 5th and Thursday July 7th. Should be a great series.

 



Sunday, June 26
Game 19 Royals 5 TomSox 4 (11 innings)

The Royals defeated the Tom Sox in 11 innings as Jaylen Woullard's single to right field drove in Kevin Suarez from third with the winning run. Suarez opened the 11th with a walk, was sac bunted to 2nd by JJ Shaffer, Suarez reached 3rd on a pitcher's error and came home on Woullard's single. The game was played before a crowd of 520 thanks to free admisson sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service in appreciation for the response to the food bank drive. Gabe Garcia hit his 3rd homer of the season in the 8th, tying the game at 4.

Cameron Fritz got the win as the Royals used three pitchers in relief of starter Chris Hopkins. 

The Royals had 11 hits for the game with JJ Shaffer and Derek Gibree going 2 each. With the win, the Royals are  now 12-7 and gained a game on Strasburg as they lost to Harrisonburg. They trail first place by 1 1/2 games. They play Strasburg in a makeup game on Monday night. The game is MLS night in memory of Mike Whittle.



Sunday, June 26
Game 18 Royals 8 Braves 3

The Royals defeated the Staunton Braves Saturday night 8-3 at John Moxie Stadium. The Braves took an early lead by scoring 2 runs in the first off starter Joey Jones but the lead was short lived as the Royals came back with six runs in the 2nd which proved to be all they needed for the win. Kevin Suarez led off the 2nd with a solo home run off Braves starter Brandon Gochenour. The Royals went on to score 5 more on 9 hits. Kevin Fuller hit a 2 run double to drive in Keegan and Burke. The Royals batted around in the inning. Matt Clark came in for the Braves and recorded the final outs in the inning.

Devin Gearhart, Matt Allen, and Kevin Fuller each had 2 hits as the Royals had 13 for the game.

Joey Jones started for the Royals and went 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits to get the win. John Bentley pitched the last 3 innings, giving up 1 run on 3 hits.

The Royal ran their record to 11-7 and remain in 2nd place in the North as Strasburg and Front Royal won tonight.

The Royals host Charlottesville Sunday and travel to Strasburg on Monday.

 



Friday, June 24
Game 17 Royals 12 Cannons 4

The Royals scored eight runs in the bottom of the 6th to defeat the Purcellvile Cannons 12-4. The game was called by heavy rain in the bottom of the 6th with 2 outs. For the inning, the the Royals had 7 hits and 3 walks in 2/3 of an inning when the rain came to stop the game.

Pete Rivera had 4 hits in his first start; Devon Gearhart added 3 hits as well. Trevor Jensen had 3 hits and 3 rbis. In all, the Royals rapped out 16 hits, including 4 doubles, two by Rivera.

John Barr started and gave up 4 runs over 5.2 innings. Chris Hopkins got the final out to earn the win.

Hernandez led the Cannons at the plates with 3 hits including a home run. Green took the loss for the Cannons in relief of Matt Copeley.



Thursday, June 23
Game 16 Royals 9 Rebels 0

The Royals had their way with the New Market Rebels by dominating them with a 9-0 win Thursday night at Rebel Park.. JJ Shaffer's two run triple was the big hit early in the game. The Royals line-up did not account for more than one hit. The Rebels pitchers allowed 7 walks while the fielders committed 5 errors. Trevor Jensen led off the 9th with a towering home run over the left field fence. Royals batters had 6 rbis with Shaffer and Gearhart each having 2.

Jon Peterson started and pitched 5 innings, giving up 1 hit while striking out 5 to earn the win. Fritz, Krupp and Stubbings closed out the game.

The Royals host Purcellville Friday and travel to Staunton on Saturday. The Royals moved into a 2nd place tie with Front Royal with a 9-7 record.



Wednesday, June 22
Game 15 Royals 8 TomSox 4

The Royals scored 4 runs in the 8th inning to pull out an 8-4 win over the Charlottesville TomSox in a highly contested game at Bridgeforth Field on Wednesday night. The Royals scored 4 runs in the 8th on 2 hits, 2 wps, and 1 error. Devon Gearhart contributed a 2 rbi single driving in Woullard and Burke in the inning. 

Chris Hopkins got the win in relief of starter John Lollar. Justin Bureau closed out the game, pitching a scoreless 9th.

Rico Soto lead the Royals with 3 hits and 2 runs scored. Devon Gearhart added 2 hits and 2 rbis. Gabe Garcia hit a 2 run homer in the 4th.

The Royals are now 8-7 and gained a game on first place Strasburg as they lost to New Market.

The Royals travel to New Market on Thursday and return home Friday to take on Purcellville.



Monday, June 20
Game 14 Royals 3 Bandits 5

The Royals lost their 4th straight Monday night as they lost to the Woodstock River Bandits 5-3. The Royals are now 7-7 and still hold a 2 game lead over New Market and 2 1/2 over Woodstock.

The River Bandits scored 3 runs in the first 2 innings but the Royals scored 2 in the 3rd and 1 in the 4th as JJ Shaffer hit a infield single and stole 2nd and 3rd and scored as the catcher over threw 3rd base.

The Bandits' Jacob Tisevich led off the 5th with a home run off Royals starter Dillon Brown and scored another as Austin Young drove in Will Decker which stood up as the Royals remained scoreless off Vienbergs, Motts and Fuller. Schildnicht got the win and Fuller the save.

John Bentley pitched scoreless ball the last 3 innings for the Royals.

The Royals host Strasburg on Tuesday and Charlottesville on Wednesday.



Saturday, June 18
Game 13 Royals 3 Generals 4

The Royals lost a close one at Kate Collins Field Saturday night as Trey Hadley led off the last of the 9th with a home run over the left field wall to give the Waynesboro Generals the 4-3 win. The Generals scored 3 runs in the first as starter Joey Jones walked the bases loaded. T.J. Condon's single scored two runs and an error by Trevor Jensen let in another. Jones settled down and pitched scoreless ball thru the 7th. Jon Peterson pitched the 8th and gave up the home run in the 9th to take the loss.

The Royals scored one in the first after Generals' starter Tom Davis loaded the bases with walks and Kevin Suarez scored on Matt Allen's fly out. The Royals tied the game in the 5th by adding 2 more runs. Kevin Suarez's sac bunt was thrown into right field scoring Woullard and later Suarez scored on a ground out.

 With the loss, the Royals are now 7-6 and 2 1/2 games behind Strasburg. The Royals are off Sunday and travel to Woodstock Monday.



Friday, June 17
Game 12 Royals 7 Cards 9

The Royals let an early 7-3 lead slip away only to lose to the Front Royal Cardinals 9-7 in 12 innings. The Royals scored all of their runs in the first four innings and were all zeros the rest of the way. The Cards scored their runs in the 12th without hitting a ball out of the infield. They scored their winning run on a hit batsman with the bases loaded. John Barr started and gave up 4 runs including a home run by Zach Wiley. Mack Krupp came in and gave up 3 runs in .2 innings. Justin Bureau pitched well for 3.2 innings but gave up the winning runs in the 12th. John Bentley got the last 2 outs in the 12th.

Matt Stophel and Anthony Honotes shut down the Royals for 6 innings. Zach Wiley pitched the 12th to earn the win. Justin Bureau took the loss. 

Derek Gibree led the Royals with 3 hits and Kevin Suarez had 2. The Royals travel to Waynesboro on Saturday and are off on Sunday.

 

 



Wednesday, June 15
Game 11 Royals 0 Braves 19

The Staunton Braves defeated the Royals 19-0 Wednesday night at John Moxie Stadium. The Royals used 6 pitchers in the rout. Starter Cameron Fritz gave up 10 runs in 2 innings. The bullpen didn't fare much better. In all, Royals pitching gave up 11 walks and 16 hits. John Bentley pitched scoreless ball in the 5th and 6th and Jones pitched a scoreless 7th. 

The Royals had only one hit -- a double by Devin Gearhart in the first inning. Braves starter, S.Vincenzo, kept the Royals in check to get the completse game. Kowalo and Stamski each had 3 hits with Kowalo hitting a home run.

The Royals travel to Strasburg on Thursday as they try to pick up some ground on the Express as they lost to Front Royal tonight as well.



Tuesday, June 14
Game 10 Royals 5 Braves 4

The Royals pulled one out again as they scored 1 run in the bottom of the 7th to defeat the Staunton Braves 5-4 Tuesday night at Bridgeforth Field. The Braves scored 2 runs off reliever Chris Hopkins to tie the score at 4. The Braves scored their runs on 1 hit 2 walks and 1 Royal error. 

John Lollar started for the Royals and pitched well for 6 innings, allowing just 2 runs on 2 hits while striking out 7. Justin Bureau pitched shut out ball the last 2 innings to earn the save. Chris Hopkins got the win in his first apperance as a Royal.

Matt Allen had 3 hits in his first start since joining the team. Trevor Jensen had 2 hits and scored 2 runs. The Royals travel to Staunton on Wednesday and Strasburg on Thursday.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            



Monday, June 13
Game 9 Royals 6 Turks 2

The Royals trailed the Harrisonburg Turks 2-1 going in to the 6th, scored 5 runs that gave the Royals a 6-2 lead that held up for the win. The Royals sent 8 men to the plate in the 6th and the inning featured 3 walks, 2 errors, 2 wps, and a single by JJ Shaffer that glanced off the pitcher's hand and rolled into left field and 2 runs scored. Derek Gibree scored the final run on a wild pitch by pitcher Patrick Wiseman.

Jon Peterson got the win in relief of Dillon Brown. Peterson pitched 3 innings of scoreless ball for his first win of the season. Krupp and Bureau closed out the game.

Trevor Jensen had 2 hits as the Royals only had 4. JJ Shaffer had a 2 rbi single.

The Royals host Staunton on Tuesday and travel to Staunton Wednesday and Strasburg on Thursday.

 



Sunday, June 12
Game 8 Royals 5 Cannons 10

The Royals lost to the Purcellville Cannons Sunday night at Firemens Field 10-5.The Royals scored their 5 runs in the 5th inning as they batted around. The inning was aided by 3 walks and an error. Cannons starter Wade Arduini walked in a run and allowed 4 hits. Shaffer, Garcia, Soto and Burke had singles in the inning. Bair and Copley shut the Royals down the rest of the way.

Louis Pugliese started for the Royals and took the loss, giving 5 runs and 8 hits over 4.1 innings. John Bentley gave up 4 runs and Devon Stubbings finished, giving up one run.

The Royals had only 6 hits, all singles.

Ray Hernandez was player of the game for the Cannons with a home run on 2 hits and 4 runs scored.

The Royals host the Turks in Monday and the Braves on Tuesday



Saturday, June 11
Game 7 Royals 7 Cardinals 3

The Royals defeated the Front Royals Cardinals 7-3 Saturday night at Bing Crosby stadium.The game was tied at 3 going into the 5th when the Royals erupted for 4 runs.. The big hit in the inning was Brandon Burke's 2 run double. The Royals took advantage of several wild pitches by Cardinal pitching. Trevor Jensen also doubled to lead off the inning.

Joey Jones started and gave up 3 runs in 5 innings to earn the win. Relievers Jon Peterson and Cameron Fritz pitched shut-out ball the last 4 innings, giving up just 1 hit.

The Royals only had 7 hits for the game. Burke, Fuller and Jensen each had doubles. The Royals ran their record to 5-2.

The Royals travel to Purcellville Sunday for a 7 PM start. 



Friday, June 10
Game 6 Royals 9 Lumberjacks 6

The Royals evened their series with the Covington Lumberjacks at 1-1 as they won by a score of 9-6 Friday night at Bridgeforth Field before a crowd of 357. The game see-sawed back amd forth and at one time was tied at 6. The Royals jumped to a 2-0 lead as Gabe Garcia hit a 2 run homer in the first. It was the Royals first homer of the season. The Royals added four more for a 6-2 lead.The Jacks tied it at 6 with 3 in the 6th and 1 in the 7th. The Royals came back with 3 in the 7th and 1 in the 8th to secure the win.

John Barr started for the Royals and was crusing thru five but gave up 3 runs in the 6th. John Bentley came on in the 7th and gave up one run to tie the score again. Mack Krupp and Justin Bureau pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th. John Bentley got his 3rd win of the season and Justin Bureau earned his 2nd save.

Gabe Garcia led the Royals at the plate with 3 hits, including a home run and double. He had 4 rbis. Devin Gearhart had one official at bat but scored 3 runs and had 1 hit. Jaylen Woullard and Derek Gibree each had two hits.

The Royals travel to Front Royal Saturday and Purcellvlle on Sunday.



Thursday, June 9
Game 5 Royals 1 Lumberjacks 10

The Royals were man-handled by the Covington Lumberjacks Wednesday night 10-1 at Casey Field. The Jacks were held in check for three innings by starter John Lollar until they scored 5 runs in the 4th. Devon Stubbings came in to put out the fire. Stubbings pitched 3.2 innings and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks. Devon Gearhart pitched a scoreless 8th facing only 4 batters. The box score doesn't reflect that.

The Royals couldn't get their bats going as they only had 5 hits. Gabe Garcia had two of those.

The Royals are off Thursday and host the the same Lumberjacks on Friday. The Jacks may be seeing a diffent team the 2nd time around.

 



Friday, June 3
Game 1 Royals 5 Generals 1

The Royals won their home opener 5-1 over the Waynesboro Generals before a crowd of 252 despite rain before the game delaying the start time.

Coach Coleman started John Barr who went a strong 5 innings, giving up just one hit and an earned run. Coleman used 5 pitchers in all with Barr getting the win.

The Royals took a 2-1 lead in the first inning and it held up for the win as they added four more runs.

Derek Gearhart (N. Geogia College) paced the offense with 3 hits and 2 runs scored. JJ Shaffer (Auburn) added two hits and 2 runs scored. Trevor Jensen and Ryan Keegan had 2 rbis each.

The Royals travel on Saturday and return home Sunday to take on the River Bandits.

 



Saturday, June 4
Game 2 Royals 3 Cardinals 8

The Royals lost to the Front Royal Cardinals in Bing Crosby Stadium 8-3 Saturday night. Check the box score for play by play

The Royals host Woodstock Sunday at 7 PM.



Sunday, June 5
Game 3 Royals 10 Bandits 6

The Royals were cruising thru 5 innings with a 6-0 lead when the Bandits scored 4 runs off starter Louis Pugliese in the 6th. The Bandits came back to tie the score by scoring 2 runs in the 8th. Krupp, Bentley, and Bureau pitched the last three innings with Bentley getting the win.

The Royals took the lead back by scorng 4 runs in the 8th.The big hit in the inning was Gabe Garcia's 2 run double driving in 2 runs. Garcia later scored on a passed ball. The Royals had scored the go ahead run as Trevor Jensen drove in Jaylen Woullard.

For the game, Devon Gearhart had 3 hits, 2 runs scored and 2 rbis. Garcia, Keegan, Soto and Woullard each had 2 hits. The Royals had 14 hits in all.

The Royals are off Monday and host New Market on Tuesday.



Tuesday, June 7
Game 4 Royals 7 Rebels 4

The Royals defeated the New Market Rebels 7-4 Tueday night at Bridgeforth Field. 

John Bentley got the win in relief of Cameron Fritz. Mackenzie Krupp pitched a scoreless eighth, and Justin Bureau struck out two in the ninth to notch his first save. 

Gabe Garcia led the Royals at the plate with 3 hits, 2 runs scored and one rbi. Brandon Burke had 3 hits and1 rbi. Soto and Jensen each had 2 hits.