Winchester Royals: Game Recaps

Wednesday, July 1
Royals 12 Cardinals 8

The excitement continued Wednesday night at Bridgeforth Field as the Royals defeated the Front Royal Cardinals 12-8. The Cardinals had tied the score in the 8th but the Royals came back with 4 of their own to take the lead for good. The Cards went down quietly in the 9th.

Michael Landestoy led the Royals attack with 3 hits, including a 2-run homer in the 3rd,  He also scored 4 runs. Carter, Maggio, Danson and Visconti had 2 hits each. Danson also scored 3 runs.

The Royals travel to Charles Town Friday and return home Saturday to face Aldie.

The Royals had an attendance of 468 for Glory Days night.

Monday, June 29
Royals 10 Rebels 5

The Royals were trailing the New Market Rebels 4-1 thru 5 innings when Sean Visconti led off the 6th with a solo shot over the left field fence. This seemed to ignite the Royals as they scored 2 more runs in the inning on Zac Carter's homer.

The Royals added 6 more runs in the seventh led by Spencer Levine's 3 run shot to deep left.

Mata, Carter, Maggio and Levine each had 2 hits in the Royals win. Carter and Levine had 3 rbis each.

Austin Smith got the win, giving up 1 run in 2.2 inings. JD White took the loss for the Rebels.

The Royals travel to Woodstock on Tuesday and return home on Wednesday to face Charles Town and free admission sponsored by Glory Days.

Sunday, June 28
Royals 10 Braves 8

In a game that every fan would want to see, the Royals defeated the first place Staunton Braves 10-8.

The game featured 18 runs scored, 20 hits, five home runs, opposing manager being tossed (after a 10 minute on-field discussion), and the Royals head coach being hit by a batted ball and leaving the coaches box for the night. The Royals closer gave up 3 runs in the 9th and struck out the last batter with two men on base.

The Royals scored seven runs in the 2nd to take a 7-1 lead. Alex Mata's two rbis and Spencer Levine's two run homer were the big hits in the inning.

The Braves scored 3 runs in the 6th on home runs by Howard and Edens off reliever Taylor Blair to close the gap to 8-5. Corbin Lamb came in to stop the scoring. Lamb pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless ball.

Closer John Barr came in and gave up 3 runs but struck out the last batter to finish the game.

David Lee got the win for the Royals.

The Royals play New Market at home on Monday.

Friday, June 26
Royals 0 Turks 1

The Royals lost to the Harrisonburg Turks 1-0 in a rain shortened game Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

The Turks scored the only run in the first as Shane Billings led off with a double, moved to 3rd on a fc, and scored on a sac fly.

James Ziemba no hit the Royals while Royals starter Darrell Thompson gave up only one hit.


Thursday, June 25
Royals 2 Jacks 5

The Royals lost to the Covington Lumberjacks 5-2 on a rainy night at Bridgeforth Field.

The Jacks opened the first with 2 runs and never looked back. Corbitt hit a 2 run homer in the 3rd to give them a 4-0 lead. Blakes Sides homered in the 7th. The Jacks hammered out 15 hits for the game while the Royals had 4.

Drew Crosby started for the Royals and gave up 4 runs on 10 hits over 6 innings. Nick Sarmiento and Corbin Lamb closed for the Royals and gave up 1 hit over 3 innings.

The Royals travel to Harrisonburg Friday and return home Saturday to take on New Market.

Thursday, June 25
Royals 8 Generals 9

The Royals lost their 5th straight as they lost to the Waynesboro Generals 9-8 in 11 innings at Kate Collins Field.

Both teams scored early and the score was tied at 5 in the first 3 innings. Neither team scored again 'til the 11th when the Royals scored 3 times and took an 8-5 lead. The Generals came back and scored 4  runs (1 unearned) to win 9-8.The Generals scored the wining run on an error by first base.

Michael Landestoy got the big hit in the Royals 11th as he drove in Brumbaugh and Gibbs. Visconti tried to score on the play but was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. Alex Mata had 4 hits for the night to lead the Royals.

Brandon Gerske, making his first start for the Royals, pitched 6 innings  and gave up 5 runs in the third. Blair, Roberts, and Barr closed for the Royals. Barr took the loss as he gave up 7 hits and 4 runs.

The Royals return home Thursday to take on Covington. They travel to Harrisonburg on Friday.

Tuesday, June 23
Royals 4 Express 7

The Royals took an early 3-0 first inning lead thanks to Nate Maggio's 3 run home run driving in Vaught and Landestoy. That was all for the Royals as they only scored one more in the 6th.

The Express scored runs in the 2nd, 3rd,4th and 5th to take the lead for good. The Express had doubles from May, Midyett, Flick, and Scott. Three of their runs were earned as the Royals commited 2 errors.

The Royals were led at the plate by Michael Landestoy's 2 hits. Four of the Royals runs were earned.

Mike Catlin started and gave up all 7 runs in four innings. Sarmiento and Brumbaugh closed for the Royals.

The Royals travel to Waynesboro Wednesday and return home Thursday to take on Covington.

Monday, June 22
Royals 4 Cannons 6

The Royals were clinging to a 3-2 lead going into the 8th inning when the Cannons erupted for 4 runs in the 8th to take a 6-3 lead.

Matt Smallwood had entered the game in the 8th but quickly was touched for a 3 run home run by Jones followed by a solo shot by Harris to give the Cannons a 6-3 lead.

The Royals added a single run in the 8th as Maggio led of with a double and was driven in on a single by Spencer Levine.

For the game, Sean Visconti had 3 hits including a triple and double; Levine had 2 hits including a home run.

David Lee started for the Royals and departed after four giving up just one run. Corbin Lamb, Drew Crosby, and Smallwood closed out for the Royals.

The Royals host the Strasburg Express Tuesday night.


Sunday, June 21
Royals 6 Senators 7

The Royals trailed the Aldie Senators most of the night 5-0 and it didn't look good for the Royals.

The 8th and 9th innings made things more interesting as the Royals scored one in the 8th and five in the 9th to take a brief 6-5 lead.

Unfortunately, the Senators came back and scored 2 in the last of the 9th.  The usually reliable Kevin Fuller had a passed ball and John Barr wild pitch. Third baseman also had a crucial error contributing to the loss.

For the Royals, Denson and Carter had two hits each.

John Barr took the loss for the Royals. Travis Roberts pitched 4 innings of scoreless relief.

The Royals host Charles Town on Monday in a game the was postponed Saturday by rain.

The Royals host Strasburg onTuesday.


Saturday, June 20
Royals 0 Front Royal 7

The Royals lost to the Front Royal Cardinals 7-0 on Saturday night at Bing Crosby Stadium.

See box score for details.

The Royals return home Saturday to face the Charles Town Cannons.

Thursday, June 18
Royals 4 River Bandits 1

The Royals got back to their winning ways by defeating the River Bandits 4-1 at the Central Sports Complex.

Hayden Platt carried the offense as he scored in the 3rd and drove in 2 more runs in the 7th.

Drew Crosby pitched 5 innings and got the win. Matt Smallwood and John Barr pitched the last four shut out innings. Barr got the save.

The Royals travel to Front Royal Friday and return home Saturday to take on the Charles Town Cannons.

Wednesday, June 17
Royals 2 Tom Sox 16
The Royals lost to the Charlottesville Tom Sox 16-2. The game was halted after 6 innings due to rain.See box score for details.

Tuesday, June 16
Royals 9 Express 6

The Royals upended the first place Strasburg Express 9-6 Tuesday night at First Bank Field. With the win, the Royals (6-4) are one game out of first place behind the 7-3 Express.

Zac Carter carried the offense with 4 hits, including 2 home runs, 4 rbis and 3 runs scored. He raised his season average to .500. Visconti, Levine and Fuller chipped in with 2 hits each.

The Royals were trailing 5-3 going into the 7th when they broke loose for 5 runs to take an 8-5 lead.

Tayler Blair got the win in relief of starter Mike Catlin. Matt Smallwood pitched the last 2 innings to earn the save.

Sunday, June 14
Royals 2 Senators 6

The Royals nemisis Rick Van Woert started again and altho giving up 10 hits threw the right pitches when he needed to. The Royals beat him in Aldie 3-2 in his last start.

The Senators pecked away, scoring single runs in the first,third,fourth, and 7th and 2 runs in the 5th. Siegal had 4 hits for the Senators.

The Royals scored their only runs in the 3rd as Zac Carter drove in Denson and Gibbs with a single to left.

Keenan Bartlett started and took the loss, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits in 4 innings.  Corbin Lamb pitched 3 innings, giving up 3 runs.

Luke Gibbs led the Royals at the plate with 3 hits.

The Royals travel to Strasburg Tuesday and host Charlottesville Wednesday. The Royals will honor first team owner Keith Lupton who recently passed away.

Friday, June 5
Royals 3 River Bandits 10

What started out to be a pitchers duel between two Shenandoah University stand-outs, Darrell Thompson and Mike Scimanico, turned into a rout. With the scored at one the Bandits erupted for 4 runs in the 5th mainly on 2 Royals errors and Justin Woods 2 run homer.

The Bandits scored 3 more in the 6th mainly on 2 hits and a triple by Mathew Koehler.

The Bandits scored 2 more in the eight on a 2 run homer by Steve Holcomb.

The Royals only managed 8 hits and 3 runs of 3 Bandits hurlers while committing 4 errors.

The Royals travels to Front Royal Saturday.

Saturday, June 6
Royals 4 Cardinals 1

The Royals played a complete game in beating the Front Royal Cardinals 4-1 before a crowd of 575 after the renaming of the field for long time supporter David L. Wines.

Royals starter Austin Smith gave up one unearned run in 4 innings pitched to get the win. He departed with a 2-1 lead.

The bull pen of Matt Smallwood (2) and John Barr (3) finished the game giving up no runs and one hit each. Barr got the save.

The Royals scored all the runs they needed as they scored 2 in the third as Alex Mata and Nate Maggio drove in Brumbaugh and Denson.

The Royals tacked on insurance runs in the 8th and 9th as Zac Carter and Sean Vinconti drove in the runs.

Sean Vinconti led the Royals at the plate with 3 hits and an rbi.

The Royals host the Charles Town Cannons on Sunday for a 7PM start.


Sunday, June 7
Royals 5 Cannons 16
Royals lost 16-5. See box score for details.

Tuesday, June 9
Royals 3 Senators 2

In a tight game that was tied at 2 going into the 9th, the Royals scored the eventual winning run on a bunt by Zac Carter that scored Kevin Fuller from third. The pitcher couldn't pick up the bunt. Fuller had scored and Carter was safe at first. Spence Levine flied out to end the inning.

John Barr struck out 2 of three batters in the 9th to get the win.

Michael Catlin started and pitched a strong 5 innings, giving up 1 earned run while strikng out 1 and walking 3.

Matt Smallwood, Corbin Lamb, and John Barr closed out the game.

At the plate Visconti, Mata and Maggio each had 2 hits.

The Royals open a 3 game set on Wednesday facing Strasburg; Woodstock on Thursday; and Front Royal on Friday.


Wednesday, June 10
Royals 9 Express 2

The Royals won their first home game of the young season by defeating the  previously undefeated Strasburg Express 9-2. The Royals are now 3-2 and the Express 4-1.

The Royals scored 4 runs in the 2nd and it proved to be all they needed for the win. Hayden Platts' 2 run homer and Khalil Denson's rbi single were the big hits in the inning. Platts' home run was the Royals first home run of the season.

Khalil Denson and Zac Carter each had 3 hits while Haden Platt had 3 rbis to lead the Royals at the plate.

David Lee making his first start pitched well for 6.2 innings giving up 2 earned runs while striking out 4. Lamb, Blair and Bartlett closed out the game for the Royals.

The Royals host Woodstock Thursday and Front Royal on Friday.


Thursday, June 11
Royals 14 River Bandits 10

In a slugfest at the 'Bridge' the Royals unended the River bandits 14-10. Both teams combined for 24 runs, 28 hits and committed 8 errors.

Both teams used 11 pitchers and 14 of the runs were earned.

Khalil Denson, Nate Maggio, Spencer Levine, and Luke Gibbs each had 2 hits for the Royals. Zac Carter had 3 rbis.

Zac Carter drove in the eventual winning run in the 6th with a two run rbi single.

The Royals take on Front Royal tonight at home and travel to Charles Town Saturday.



Friday, June 12
Royals 13 Cardinals 8

In another high scoring affair at Bridgeforth Field, the Royals defeated the Front Royals Cardinals 13-8.

The Royals sealed the win with a 6 run 7th. Catcher Kevin Fuller led off the inning with a homer to right and it went on from there as the Royals batted around.

Spencer Levine went 3 for 4 with a his first homer (a blast that bounced off the yellow piping on the outfield fence of the adjacent Bodie Grim Field located beyond the left-center field fence of Bridgeforth Field) and four runs scored and three RBIs, and Luke Gibbs went 3 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Royals. 

The Royals used five pitchers with Matt Smallwod getting the win. John Barr pitched a scoreless 9th.

The Royals travel to Charles Town Saturday night and return home Sunday to take on Aldie.


Saturday, June 13
Royals 1 Charles Town 5

It was a pitchers duel in Charles Town as the Cannons led 2-1 behind Steven Ridings over the Royals Austin Smith.

The Cannons broke the game open by scoring 3 runs in the 7th.  The Cannons scored their runs after 2 were out. All the runs were earned.

Nick Sarmiento pitched a scoreless 8th.

Zac Carter, Spencer Levine, and Haden Platt each had 2 hits for the Royals.

The Royals return home Sunday to take on the Aldie Senators.