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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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McAuliffe names longtime Fairfax judge to state Supreme Court

RICHMOND — The northern Virginia judge who presided over one of the D.C. sniper trials was appointed Monday to the state Supreme Court.

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Braves clinch top spot in division

STAUNTON – Since 42 regular season games weren’t enough to decide the winner of the Valley Baseball League’s South Division, the Staunton Braves and Harrisonburg Turks met on Monday night to claim that title. It was the Braves coming up victorious as the team cruised behind a strong performance on the mound from Sam Vincenzo to a 3-1 victory over the Turks at Moxie Stadium in Gypsy Hill Park. It was the Braves’ first division pennant since 2009. Staunton got its first run of the game in a wild second inning that could have done more damage to the Turks’ morale if it hadn’t have been for a couple of breaks. After a leadoff single from Josh Smith and a walk to Kurtis Brown put runners at 1st and 2nd, Jordan Taylor would then advance the runners with a ground out before Kam Gellinger walked to load the bases. After William Kinner flew out to put the Braves’ second out of the inning on the board, Jack Schaaf drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home Smith and give Staunton a 1-0 lead. Harrisonburg pitcher Matt Hartman would escape the jam though as the Turks got out of the inning without allowing another run to cross. The Turks looked to respond in the third. Singles from Erik Garcia and Shane Billings put runners on the corners with one out for Harrisonburg. In the very next at-bat following Billings, however, Vincenzo would turn a double play to end the inning and end any hope of the Turks evening the score up. In the bottom of the frame, Smith would crush a double to put runners at 2nd and 3rd for the Braves. A passed ball would then allow Austin Edens to come home from 3rd and give Staunton a 2-0 lead. That score would remain as Vincenzo would then mow down nine straight batters over the next three innings before being pulled after the sixth. The pitcher out of Potomac State finished with six innings pitched, allowing just three hits and zero earned runs while striking out four. Edens would add an insurance run in the seventh when he crushed a two-out solo home run to give the Braves a 3-0 advantage and it would begin the Braves fans celebration early. In the eighth, near disaster would strike Staunton. After getting a solid seven innings on the mound from Vincenzo and Parker Johnson, Garrison Vandeventer entered the game but struggled heavily. Trevor Denton, Garcia, and Tripp Shelton would each single to load the bases before Billings was hit by a pitch to bring home the Turks first run of the night. Devin Gould would then enter to relieve Vandeventer and quickly turn a double play before alter striking out Tyler Straub to end in the inning and any hopes that Harrisonburg had of a comeback. The Braves will now begin the VBL playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the South Division and will have home-field advantage in a best-of-three series with either the Covington Lumberjacks or Charlottesville Tom Sox. The Tom Sox and Lumberjacks were suspended in the seventh on Monday with Covington leading 4-0. That game will resume Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. The Turks, meanwhile, are the No. 2 seed and will begin a three game series with the Waynesboro Generals in Harrisonburg on Tuesday as well.

  • icon Posted: July 27

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons has finally come to the heart of Mormonlandia, starting a sold-out, two-week run Tuesday at a Salt Lake City theater two blocks from the church's flagship temple and headquarters.

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Waynesboro man offers free food to the homeless

He won’t take a single dollar. Not one dime. He just wants to help the homeless and later this week, Giovanni Castro-Hernandez will do just that.

  • icon Posted: July 07

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