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War of The Roses

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The cities of York and Lancaster have a historic tradition as baseball rivals, and that tradition continues its rejuvenation in the Revolution’s eighth season in the Atlantic League, and the Barnstormers’ 10th. Named after the English cities of York and Lancaster, the “War of The Roses” Series between the Revolution and Barnstormers is named after the 15th century English civil war conflict in which York was represented by the White Rose, and Lancaster the Red Rose. The current rivalry also echoes the former nicknames of prior professional baseball clubs in the two cities.

Beginning in the late 1880s into the 1960s, the York White Roses and Lancaster Red Roses engaged in fierce competition on the diamond for local supremacy much like the Revolution and Barnstormers do today.

The winner of the War of The Roses series is awarded the “Community Cup.”

The modern rivalry has been as hotly contested as ever, with each club claiming the Community Cup in alternating years since 2007. That year, Lancaster staged a furious late-season rally, sweeping the final regular season series and claiming the Cup by a 10-8 count. The favor was returned in 2008 however, when the Revs claimed their first cup with an 11-9 season series win that again went down to the final weekend of play. The next two seasons there was decidedly less drama, with the Barnstormers corralling the 2009 Community Cup by a 14-6 count, only to see York post an eye-popping 16-4 triumph that was never in doubt throughout the summer of 2010. Four times the Revolution scored 18 runs or more on the ‘Stormers in '10, breaking 20 twice.  In 2011 Lancaster re-captured the Cup by a 10-8 count as it alternated cities yet again, coming down to the final series for the third time in five years.  In 2012, York and Lancster tied the regular season series, 10-10.  Last season, the Revolution returned the cup to York by winning 11 of the first 17 games of 2013, clinching on August 11 in a 12 games to eight victory.  With the Revolution's 13-7 victory in 2014, it marks the first time in War of The Roses history the Community Cup has been won outright two consecutive seasons.

York leads the modern War of The Roses series 84-72 all-time including this year's games. (It's 87-77 York all-time including playoff games.)  

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2014 War of The Roses Season Schedule


Tuesday, April 29 Lancaster @ York LAN 9-2 LAN 1-0
Thursday, May 1 York @ Lancaster LAN 4-3 LAN 2-0
Tuesday, May 13 York @ Lancaster YORK 6-5 LAN 2-1 
Wednesday, May 14 York @ Lancaster LAN 4-3 LAN 3-1
Thursday, May 15 York @ Lancaster YORK 12-5 LAN 3-2 
Friday, May 23 Lancaster @ York YORK 7-5 TIED 3-3
Saturday, May 24 Lancaster @ York YORK 2-1 YORK 4-3
Sunday, May 25 Lancaster @ York YORK 4-1 YORK 5-3 
Sunday, May 25 Lancaster @ York YORK 5-1 YORK 6-3 
Monday, May 26 Lancaster @ York YORK 8-3 YORK 7-3
Friday, July 4 York @ Lancaster LAN 4-3
YORK 7-4
Saturday, July 5 York @ Lancaster YORK 2-0 YORK 8-4 
Sunday, July 6 York @ Lancaster LAN 6-3 YORK 8-5
Sunday, July 27 York @ Lancaster YORK 9-2 YORK 9-5 
Monday, July 28 York @ Lancaster YORK 5-2 YORK 10-5
Tuesday, July 29 York @ Lancaster LAN 3-2 YORK 10-6
Tuesday, August 5 Lancaster @ York YORK 4-1 YORK 11-6
Monday, August 18 Lancaster @ York LAN 9-3 YORK 11-7
Tuesday, August 19 Lancaster @ York YORK 2-1 YORK 12-7
Wednesday, August 20 Lancaster @ York YORK 6-5 YORK 13-7
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 01:58

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