Winchester Royals: Game Recaps

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.


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.

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.