Winchester Royals lose home opener to Waynesboro Generals, 9-7

June 6, 2018​

Jack Margaros

WINCHESTER -- Eight runs spread out across the fourth and seventh innings were enough for the Waynesboro Generals to defeat the Winchester Royals at Bridgeforth Field on Tuesday night, 9-7. “You got to stay out of the big innings when you play baseball. We were unable to escape two big innings,” Royals manager Jacob Mays said. “Outside of that, (Waynesboro) had one run scored in the eighth inning.” Winchester native Ryan Kennedy started the game for the Royals and went 6+ innings, allowing five earned runs on eight hits while striking out three. "I had a lot of hitters with two strikes tonight and they were finding a way on. Other than that, I think I’ve learned what I need to learn this game and next start will be a lot better,” Kennedy said. The Royals plated the opening run of the ball game in the first inning thanks to a passed ball from Jordan Ammons. An error from Jackson Webb and a wild pitch from Graham Ashcraft scored two more to open up a 3-0 lead. Waynesboro responded with three runs in the fourth. With runners on first and third with one out, Tyler Trovinger and Dalton Wingo each hit singles that scored the runners on base to make it 3-2. Ammons, the next batter, tied the game with an RBI groundout. “The key to game was the big innings,” Mays said. With the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, Matthew Holloway worked a 3-2 count, then smoked a single above the outstretched arm of Kyle Wright at shortstop, allowing the Royals to regain the lead, 4-3. "Each day (the offense is) getting better. I've seen better approaches from the guys. We are putting better swings on the baseball,” Mays said. In the seventh, Kennedy surrendered a bunt single and walked Webb before being taken out of the game. Playing matchups, Mays brought in Bryan Whitacre to face Wright at the top of the lineup. A nine-pitch at-bat resulted in a single up the middle that tied the game at four a piece. A couple batters later, Andrew Orzel gave the Generals its first lead of the game with a two-RBI single off of Jake Posey. The right-hander then issued consecutive walks with the bases loaded to extend the lead, 8-4. "I don't think the game was defined by what happened in the seventh inning,” Mays said. “I wouldn't do anything differently, it was just a matter of they executed and we didn't." Will Guay cleaned up the mess and escaped a bases loaded, no out jam to keep the game at a four-run deficit. He finished the game with three innings of one-run relief while striking out five. "Guay went in there and challenged people. We needed punch out and he did that for us. We want him to be our closer and he showed that he can get that done tonight." Although Chris Salvey crushed a solo home run in the seventh, the Generals answered with a run in the eighth to make it 9-5. "It was nice to see Salvey get the big fly, Dom (Peroni) gets a hit, Matt Holloway gets the nice RBI single. Little things like that are going to snowball into bigger things,” Mays said. Winchester scored two runs in the bottom half of the frame from a Chris Salvey RBI groundout and a Samyr Santos RBI single, who finished 2-for-4. "I'm trying to get back into my groove after coming off a little break from school, but I'm starting to get comfortable again,” Santos said. The Royals travel to Covington on Wednesday night in search of their first win of the year. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Winchester Royals fall to Harrisonburg in the season opener, 4-2

June 5, 2018


Jack Margaros


After retiring the first batter of the eighth inning, Winchester Royals starting pitcher Nick Beardsley allowed a single up the middle to Paul Castillo and walked Luke Nussman. With the game tied 2-2 and a pair of left-handed hitters due up , Royals head coach Jacob Mays took the ball from his starter and brought in southpaw Ryan Flores to record the final two outs of the frame. "We get into a ball game going into the seventh or eighth, we want to do matchups," Mays said. Flores retired the next hitter, Luke Nussman, on three consecutive sliders. After throwing two more to Brett Whelton, the Royals were one strike away from escaping the jam. "Slider is Flores' best pitch. (Whelton) put a heck of a swing on the first one. I said alright I need to go inside fastball," Mays said. However, Flores threw his fifth consecutive slider, and Whelton hammered it to center field. Justin Meekins sprinted towards the 400 sign, looked at the wall and back at the ball. "I second guessed myself, went slider again and (Whelton) was waiting for it," Mays said. Meekins stretched as far as his six foot, two inch body would allow, but did not make the catch. The ball took a bounce and kicked off the center field wall. Whelton slid into third with a two-RBI triple to give the Turks a 4-2 lead. "It's on me. It's not Flores' fault at all. He's just doing what I ask him to do," Mays said. In the ninth inning, Winchester threatened to comeback as Samyr Santos and William Welsh led off with singles. However, pinch-runner Matthew Holloway got picked off at second base to dampen the momentum. Chad Feeley worked a 2-2 count before striking out to end the game to mark the Royals' first loss of the season at the hands of the Harrisonburg Turks at Veteran Memorial Park on Monday night. "If that's the worst thing we do all season is get picked off at second then I'll be okay with that," Mays said. Beardsley's final line of 7.1 innings pitched, seven hits and four earned runs does not reflect the quality of the start. "(Harrisonburg's) hits were not strongly hit," Beardsley said. "I thought I hit my spots well but they just got a little barrel. Enough to get it through the infield or at least get it slow enough to where they could beat it out at first." In addition to those two runs in the eighth, Beardsley allowed the other two to score in the fourth. With runners on second and third with one out, Tristan Baker and Kyle Johnson each singled to give the Turks a 2-1 lead at that point. "I'm glad (Coach Mays) gave me that eighth. I was still feeling good; I wasn't tired," Beardsley said. "I felt like I shouldn't have been in the pitch count I was through eight. A lot of deep counts were costing my pitch count."

Winchester's first run came in the first inning off of an RBI groundout from Chris Salvey. In the fifth,  Feeley singled past a diving shortstop to bring in Joseph Sadallah and tie the game at that point. "Our bats have been quiet. That plays back to some of these kids haven't seen live AB's in over a month; some two," Mays said. "We started hitting towards the ninth. A little too late by then, but hopefully that carries into the next game." Winchester returns to Bridgeforth Field on Tuesday to play against the Waynesboro Generals. First pitch is at 7 p.m.


Thursday, June 15
Game 12 Royals 7 Braves 5
The Royals defeated the Staunton Braves 7-5 Thursday night at Bridgeforth Field. The Braves opened the scoring by scoring 3 runs off starter Dan Collins. The Royals pecked away and by the 5th had a 4-3 lead. The Braves scored a run in the 6th to tie the game at 4. The Royals scored 3 in the 7th to take a 7-4 lead which held up for the win. The Royals rapped out 15 hits led by Dillon Reed and A.Rivero. The big hit in the game came as Damian Rodriguez hit a 2 run triple in the 7th and scored on an over throw at 3rd. It was his first hit of the season and came at the right time! Tyler Swaggert got the win in relief of Dan Collins. Chris Koppenhaver pitched the 9th to earn the save. The Royals are back at 6-6 and host New Market on Friday.

Tuesday, June 13
Game 11 Royals 5 River Bandits 9
The Woodstock River Bandits ran over the Royals Tuesday night at Bridgeforth Field 9-5. The game was tied 2-2 when the Bandits broke lose for 5 runs in the 5th and added 2 more in the 9th. The Bandits had 14 hits while the Royals had 7. Gladfelter and Herd had 4 hits each for the Bandits. Crain and Montgomery had 3 rbis each. The Royals got 2 hits each from Rivero and Nick Goode. Christain Shiver took the loss for the Royals while Brady Wylkerson got the win. The Royals are off Wednesday and play Staunton on Thursday. The Royals are now 5-6 while the Bandits are 6-4.

Tuesday, June 13
Game 10 Royals 9 Braves 8

The Royals broke their losing streak with a 9-8 win over the Staunton Braves Monday night at John Moxie Stadium. Alejandro Rivero stacked the Royals to a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a 2 run homer. The Royals added 3 more in the 5th on Rivero's 3 run double. The Royals added 4 more in the in the 6th on Cody Wilson's bases clearing triple. At that point the Royals held a 9-3 lead. The Braves fought back and scored 5 runs in 2 innngs off reliever Jay Booth to make the score 9-8 after 7. Chris Koppenhaver came in and pitched 2 innings of scoreless ball to give the Royals the win. For the game, Rivero had 2 extra base hits and 5 rbis and Cody Wilson had 2 hits and 3 rbis. Nick Goode added 2 hits and 2 runs scored. Jay Booth got the win and Koppenhaver earned the save. Jay Charleston and Richard Miller had 3 hits each for the Braves.


The Royals open a 3 game home stand Tuesday hosting Woodstock, Staunton on Thursday and New Market on Friday. The Royals record is now 5-5.

Sunday, June 11
Game 9 Royals 2 Express 6
The Royals lost to the Strasburg Express Sunday night at Bridgeforth Field 6-2. The game was close at 3-2 thru 7 innings when the Express scored 2 in the 8th and 1 more in the 9th to take a 6-2 lead. The Royals scored single runs in the first and second. Ben Dum shut the Royals down over 6.1 innings to get the win. Humpheries held the Royals scoreless and Branden Smith struck out the side in the 9th for the Express. The Royals only managed 7 hits with Reed and Gonzalez getting 2 hits each.. Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the second. Jared Drayton took the loss. The Royals travel to Staunton on Monday and return home Tuesday for a 3 game set.

Saturday, June 10
Game 8 Royals 3 Cards 4

The Front Royal Cardinals defeated the Royals 4-3 Saturday night at Bing Crosby Stadium. Royals starter Trent Rider got off to a shaky start by allowing the first 2 batters on base and then giving up a 3 run homer to Jarad McDonald. He retired the next 3 batters. The Royals only managed 3 runs, one in the third, one in the sixth, and one in the eighth.  The run in the eighth was scored by Nick Goode who lead off with a bunt single, stole second, went to third on an overthrow, and stole home!  The winning pitcher was Ryan Leckich and the losing pitcher was Trent Rider.  The Royals return home Sunday night to face Strasburg and will travel to Staunton on Monday to face the Braves.

Friday, June 9
Game 7 Royals 5 Cannons 11
The Purcellville Cannons came to town ready play by taking an early 4-0 lead and went on to an 11-5 win Friday night at Bridgeforth Field. The Royals managed to keep in close and only trailed by a 5-4 score after 6. The Cannons scored 4 more off Jay Booth who relieved starter Dan Collins to up the lead to 9-4. Nick Adkins gave up 2 more to end the Cannons scoring. Trevin Esquerra led the Cannons at the plate with 4 hits including 2 doubles. Andrew Zban added 3 hits as the Cannons rapped out 14 hits. The Royals had 6 hits with Cody Wilson getting 3 of those. The Cannons are now 5-1 and the Royals dropped to 4-3. The Royals travel to Front Royal Saturday and host Strasburg on Sunday.

Wednesday, June 7
Game 6 Royals 11 Jacks 5

The Royals traveled to Covington Wednesday ready to play as they rapped out 15 hits in their 11-5 win over the Covington Lumberjacks. Every Royal had a least one hit with the exeption of Alex Reynolds. Nick Goode (JW/SU) got his first two hits of the young season. The Royals scored 4 in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd for a 6-4 lead. They added 4 more in the 7th to put the game away. Kirby Osborne started his first game of the season and gave up 4 runs in 1.2 innings. Hunter Fillingim relieved and gave up 2 runs in 1.1 innings. The bull pen of Richard Cruz and Tyler Swiggart shut down the Jacks the rest of the way. Richard Cruz got the win. The Royals are now 4-2 while the Jacks fell to 1-3.


The Royals are off Thursday and return home Friday to take on Purcellville.

Tuesday, June 6
Game 5 Royals 6 Cards 12

The Royals lost to the Front Royal Cardinals 12-6 Tuesday night at Bing Crosby Stadium. The Royals  were in a tight ball game trailing 1-0 after 6. The Cards broke loose for 4 in the 7th and 7 in the 8th. Jay Booth relieved starter Christian Shiver in the 3rd and gave up 4 runs over 2.2 innings. Brent Jones took over and allowed 3 runs in .2 innings. Brandon Romero took over with the bases loaded and gave up 1 runs and 1 hit over .2 innings First baseman Alex Reynolds relieved a gave up 3 runs on 2 hits. The Royals made a mild rally in the 9th led by Lorenzo Hampton's homer to deep right. Josh Andrews pitched 7 innings for the Cards to get the win. Shiver took the loss for the Royals.


The Royals travel to Covington Wednesday and are off Thursday.


Monday, June 5
Game 4 Royals 6 Turks 5 (11 innings)

The Royals defeated the Harrisonburg Turks 6-5 in 11 innings. Seth Wall's long single to left center drove in Rivero with the winning run. The Royals had tied the game in the 9th on Alejandro Rivero's 3 run homer to deep left driving in Alex Reynolds and Lorenzo Hampton. Richard Cruz got the win in relief of starter Kyle Fulton. Jay Booth and Chris Koppenhaver pitched scoreless ball in the middle innings. Seth Woodard paced the Royals at the plate with 4 hits including the Royals' first home run of the season. Alex Reynolds chipped in with 3 hits. Jacob Ramos took the loss for the Turks


The Royals travel to Front Royal Tuesday and Covington on Wednesday and are off on Thursday.

Friday, June 2
Game 1 Royals 7 Cardinals 5

The Winchester Royals opened the season with 7-5 win over the Front Royal Cardinals before a home crowd of 519 at Bridgeforth Field. The Royals started out the game with a 4-0 lead after 4 behind starter Dan Collins. The Cards came back in the 5th with 3 runs and tied the game with one in the 6th. The Royals took the lead back with 2 more runs in the 6th. The Royals added a run in the 8th to take the 7-5 lead.The bull pen of Booth, Jones, Drayton and Koppenhaver secured the win for the Royals. Jay Booth got the win with Koppenhaver getting the save. Reed, Woodard and Hampton had 2 hits each. Reed and Gonzalez had 2 rbis each. Alex Reed had 4 walks in 4 at bats.


The Royals travel to Purcellville Saturday and New Market on Sunday. They return home Monday to take on the Turks of Harrisonburg.

Saturday, June 3
Game 2 Royals 8 Cannons 17

The Royals lost to the Cannons 17-8 at Firemans Field in Purcellville on Saturday night. The game was close thru 4 innings, tied at 4. With both starters departing after 4.1 innings, the game broke loose as Andrew Zban hit a 3 run homer off Richard Cruz. The Cannons scored 8 runs off Brandon Romero and 2 more off Jay Booth in the 8th to put the game away.


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

Sunday, June 4
Game 3 Royals 6 Rebels 0

The Royals got their 2nd win of the season beating the New Market Rebels 6-0 Sunday night at Rebel Park. Jarad Drayton started and pitched 5 innings of scoreless ball, giving up just 2 hits. Brent Jones and Tyler Swiggart closed out the game, giving up no runs and no hits. The Royals were paced by Wilson, Reed, Hampton and Rivero with 2 hits each. Seth Woodard had 2 rbis.


The Royals are at home Monday to face the Harrisonburg Turks. They travel to Front Royal Tuesday and Covington Wednesday.