WINCHESTER — The Winchester Royals snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over Front Royal in Valley Baseball League action on Tuesday night at Bridgeforth Field.

Winchester (8-12) had a 4-0 lead after three innings, but saw Front Royal (6-15) cut its deficit to 4-3 with three runs in the top of the fourth. The Royals responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 7-3 lead.

On the mound, the Royals were led by Logan Walters (six innings, four earned runs, six hits, three walks, four strikeouts), who improved to 1-1; Ryan Bywaters (two shutout innings, one hit, one walk, three strikeouts); and Kevin Ledford, who allowed one hit and struck out one in a shutout ninth inning to pick up his third save of the season.

Winchester (seven hits) was also led by Jeremiah Boyd (1 for 3 with two RBIs), John Dyer (2 for 3 with a double and an RBI), Masen Prososki (1 for 3 with a double and two runs), Grant Thompson (1 for 2 with an RBI), Aaron Palensky (two runs) and Trenton Burgreen (1 for 3 with a run and a double).

A Millbrook graduate and rising Shepherd University senior, Burgreen was making his season debut for the Royals. Burgreen also played for Winchester last year as a late-season addition.

The Royals are next in action at 7 p.m. tonight at Waynesboro.


Romney 10, Winchester 8

ROMNEY, W.Va. — Romney Post 91 completed a season sweep of Winchester Post 21 with a win on Tuesday.

Romney (10 hits) led 6-2 after three innings, 8-3 after five, and 10-6 after six. Post 21 (eight hits) scored twice in the seventh and final inning on two walks and a hit but struck out with one runner on to end the game.

Leaders — Post 21: Chandler Ballenger 3-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs; Logan McGinnis 2-3, 2 runs; Eamon Juday 2 RBIs; Daniel Croyle 2 runs.

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