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Early September Kentucky Derby gets attention

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Reconfigured as it is, this year's Kentucky Derby remains thoroughbred racing's most anticipated and most glamorous event.Instead of being run through the pink or white blossoms of springtime dogwood trees on the first Saturday in May, it will come on Sept. 5, the first ...

‘The Mighty Casey’ won’t strike out this summer

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Roscoe the Rooster won't be strutting his stuff in Princeton.The Birdfeeder concession stand in Bluefield won't be dispensing nachos, corn dogs or hot dogs slathered in mustard and relish.Monongalia County Ballpark in Morgantown will be quiet and without any Black Bear ...

Baseball in the fields and shady lanes of farm country

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Young children would scramble out of bed and grab a fresh roll or peeled peach on the way out through the flimsy green screen door.Budding teens would have an apple in their hands, a five-fingered infielder's glove and a wide smile as they tore off the porch.Those in their ...

Torn ligaments don’t keep Bradshaw away

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- There isn't a ski slope in downtown Bakerton. Maybe there should be. Jefferson High School and Shepherd University graduate David Bradshaw was back in the state earlier this week to participate in the 87th West Virginia Open golf tournament, an event he had won 11 times, ...

Remodeled Triple Crown series brings on Belmont Stakes

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- On Saturday at Belmont Park, there will be no surge of fans leaving public transit cars to hustle their way toward this year's first leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown series. No hype or promotion noting the Belmont as being the "Test of a Champion" or the track being ...

Sounds of the game

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Baseball is coming back. Designated hitters, pitching specialists and the eerie shadows occupying corners of the stands where ticket holders used to be seated.There will be no people in the stands, only social-distancing players attempting to ply their trade with no sunflower ...

Racing’s Triple Crown series will look different this year

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- The stately Belmont Stakes, to be contested on June 20, has recently told the racing world it won't be rocking its luxury liner of a race this year.After the other two legs of the imperial Triple Crown series -- the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes -- made changes to their ...

Baseball draft will be a new creature this year

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Throw out the baby with the bath water.The professional baseball seasons will be much different than ever before. That is if there are professional baseball seasons this summer.Pandemic and COVID-19 have been harder to fathom than a Sandy Koufax fastball or stopping Joe ...

Uncertainty, virus wipe out Valley League season

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Well-organized. Historically relevant. Loyalty up and down the I-81 corridor. A significant summer baseball league that was begun in 1897.But not in 2020.No collegiate baseball this summer in the Valley Baseball League of Virginia, an NCAA-sanctioned and Major League ...

All’s quiet on every front, not just the western

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Robins bob along, after their worms and mostly undisturbed by people chasing spring.Infields are not manicured, or outfields mowed or bleachers filled with banter, laughter and young people having fun in the warming temperatures.Familiar sounds of baseballs thumping into ...