Area briefs: Royals rally to beat Rockbridge in 10th

Posted: July 10, 2013

From Star staff reports

LEXINGTON — The Winchester Royals tied it up in the ninth inning and then blew the game open with a six-run 10th inning in a 10-4 win over the Rockbridge Rapids on the road Tuesday.

Winchester (8-20) trailed 4-3 heading to the ninth before loading the bases on a leadoff double, walk and a single. After a fielder’s choice got the runner at home, shortstop J.D. Long hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Dustin Woody for the game-tying run.

An inning later, the Royals totaled six runs on four hits and an error and reliever Gavin Free pitched his second scoreless inning of relief for the win.

Winchester totaled 11 hits. Edgar Michelangeli, Luke Gragg and Nick Lacik finishing with two apiece in the win.

College Football

Hornets announce recruiting class

WINCHESTER — Shenandoah University football coach Scott Yoder announced Tuesday a group of 40 men that have decided to attend Shenandoah University and are planning to play football for the Hornets this fall.

This 40-man class joins with 57 returnees to make up the preseason roster for Yoder’s first team.

Yoder was named as the third coach in program history in January.

The recruiting class, brought together by Yoder and his full-time assistants Brock McCullough, Stan Hodgin, Kalvin Oliver (’04) and Drake Woodard, features student athletes from Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

This class could also increase by as many as four players as these prospective students are currently finalizing their paperwork to enter SU this fall.

Five players are transfers, including three from NCAA Division III national champion Mount Union and one from Division I Old Dominion.

Yoder also grabbed one player from VHSL Group AA, Division 4 state champion Briar Woods and three players who are natives of the northern Shenandoah Valley.

“The staff worked very hard to bring in this class,” Yoder said. “We have a great group of returnees and I am looking forward to adding these newcomers into our program.

“Everybody is going to have the same opportunity to go out and earn playing time this fall.”

Shenandoah opens its 2013 season on Sept. 7 with a home non-conference game against Gallaudet.

SU season tickets now available

WINCHESTER — With the football season right around the corner Shenandoah University season tickets are now available.

Until Aug. 1, season tickets will be $40 per seat, which is a 33-percent savings off the per-game price.

Season tickets will be $50 per ticket after Aug. 1st and reserved seats for individual games may be purchased in the week preceding that home game for $12 per ticket.

The Hornets, under the direction of new head coach Scott Yoder, open the 2013 campaign at home on Saturday, September 7 at 7 p.m. with a non-league game against Gallaudet University.

This will be the squad's lone home game in the first month of the season. SU returns to the Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium turf on Oct. 5 with another 7 p.m. contest, this one the ODAC opener against Bridgewater.

Yoder’s club also hosts Catholic on Oct. 19, Emory and Henry on Nov. 9 and Washington and Lee on Nov. 16 in 1 p.m. ODAC contests.

The Catholic game is part of homecoming weekend in which the department will host volleyball, men's soccer and women’s field hockey Oct. 16 thru Oct. 19.

The alumni lacrosse games will round out homecoming weekend on Oct. 20.

For additional schedule information, visit For more information call 540-665-4566 or email Donna Cates at