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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 ...

Hagerstown’s ‘Shrinking Suns’ in limbo

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Professional baseball is skating along, worried about any playing dates as the coronavirus controls sports, and still posing the question of what will happen to the 42 minor league franchises now scheduled to be shuttered following the 2020 season.Will the Major League season ...

Baseball stoppage keeps Brenton Doyle on sidelines

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- When last seen in the late summer of the 2019 season in Grand Junction, Colorado, one-time Shepherd outfielder Brenton Doyle was scalding hot and fast approaching the .400 mark with his bat.But Grand Junction was eliminated from the Pioneer League playoffs, and Doyle's first ...

Kentucky Derby now first Saturday in September

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Changes. Changes. Changes.There have been entire sports schedules canceled. Other sports are hanging on to hope that the suspended schedules they now have in place will not have to be changed again.As of now, the much-anointed Kentucky Derby will be staged on the First Saturday ...

What could be worse than no spring football?

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- There might be no run on grits at the Piggly Wiggly or Harris-Teeter supermarkets. You can probably still get okra, hominy and black-eyes peas. Storied Southern delicacies can still be found in Starkville, Tuscaloosa and College Station.But what about "Spring Football?"A ...

Tiz the Law states his case for Kentucky Derby consideration

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Any thoroughbred racing fan who saw Tiznow virtually will his way to his second Breeders Cup Classic win would be tempted to chance a few bob on one of his younger relatives.Tiznow was the cornerstone of what WinStar stables was accomplishing about a decade ago. Not only did he ...