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The Flying Squirrels are heading to the playoffs
A Pitcher for the Richmond Flying Squirrels, focused, mid-pitch
Thursday night’s game started with the Squirrels’ John Michael Bertrand on the mound. | Photo by Samantha McCloskey / Richmond Flying Squirrels
Go nuts — Richmond’s favorite baseball team is headed for the playoffs.

The Flying Squirrels clinched their spot in the 2023 Eastern League playoffs with a win against the Erie Sea Wolves on Thursday, Sept. 14. After an uneventful first five innings, the Squirrels opened it up at the top of the sixth with a home run from right fielder Victor Bericoto. From there, it was Richmond all the way. When the dust had settled, the Squirrels had won 7-3, securing their place as the second-half winners in their division and punching their ticket to the post-season.

The Squirrels will make their only home appearance of the Southwest Division series on Tuesday — and tickets are still on sale.

The second game of the Division series (and the third, if it becomes necessary) will be played in Erie, PA. If the Squirrels triumph in the three-game series, then it’s on to the Eastern League Championship. In the event they make it, at least one of those games will be played at the Diamond.

A shot from the Richmond Flying Squirrels' locker room as they spray champaign on each other in celebration

The Squirrels celebrated their playoff spot last Thursday night.


Photo via Samantha McCloskey / Richmond Flying Squirrels

The Flying Squirrels have only made the Eastern League playoffs three times in their fourteen seasons in Richmond — in 2011, 2014, and last year. Right now, however, they’re on a hot streak — they’ve won 13 of their last 17 games, and 47 of their last 76.

This season could be one of the Squirrels’ last in their current stadium. If you haven’t made it to the Diamond yet, don’t miss your chance. Pro tip: The Rally Cap Radler, the team’s collaboration with Ashland brewery Center of the Universe, tastes great from the stands.
Monday, Sept. 18
  • Monday Mini Market | Monday, Sept. 18 | 6-9 p.m. | Crafted RVA, 4900-151 Libbie Mill E. Blvd., Richmond | Free entry | Shop from local artists selling decor, jewelry, apparel, and more.
  • Erin Rae | Monday, Sept. 18 | 7 p.m. | The Camel, 1621 W. Broad St., Richmond | $15 | Bryan Cates joins the “Lighten Up and Try” tour.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • Bluegrass Jam | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 7-10 p.m. | Garden Grove Brewing, 3445 W. Cary St., Richmond | Free entry | Fans and players of all skill levels are welcome at this evening of bluegrass tunes and cold brews.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
  • Illumination Series: Rachel Beanland | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6-8 p.m. | The Poe Museum, 1914-16 E. Main St., Richmond | $10-$12 | The local author will read from her latest novel, take questions, and sign copies of “The House Is On Fire.”
  • Game Night | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6-10 p.m. | Gallery5, 200 W. Marshall St., Richmond | Free | Join Richmond chess club RVA Pieces for a game at the gallery.
Thursday, Sept. 21
  • Senior Day in the Park | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Ann Hardy Plaza, 3300 First Ave., Richmond | Free | Bring a lawn chair for an afternoon of community with games, music, crafts, and food.
  • Lecture Series: “Escape to the City” | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 12 p.m. | Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 428 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | Free | Tune in for this virtual discussion with historian Viola Franziska Müller about her book, “Escape to the City: Fugitive Slaves in the Antebellum Urban South.”
Friday, Sept. 22
  • Ashland Fourth Fridays | Friday, Sept. 22 | 5-8 p.m. | Town of Ashland, 121 Thompson St., Ashland | Free | Celebrate arts and culture in Downtown Ashland with a stroll through the historic district and perusing the work of local creatives.
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News Notes
  • The Pit and The Peel is celebrating the grand opening of its new Westhampton location all day today. Stop by 5820 Patterson Ave. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a free smoothie with every purchase.
  • The Richmond VegFest has announced the lineup of performers for this year’s festival. The plant-forward festival will bring 100+ vendors, three stages, and kids activities to Byrd Park on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 12 to 6 p.m.
  • The Richmond Kickers will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night on Saturday, Sept. 23. Tickets are still available for the match against the Greenville Triumph.
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The Fall Line Trail is right on track
A small sign reading "Joseph Bryan Park" hangs by the side of the road
Henrico’s section of the trail is planned to begin at Bryan Park. | Photo by RICtoday
Henrico County is planning to break ground on its section of the Fall Line Trail in October.

The Fall Line Trail is a regional, multi-use, motorist-free trail designed to run 43 miles from Petersburg to Ashland. Henrico’s section will be 7.5 miles long and run from Bryan Park Avenue to the Chickahominy River. It will be constructed in eight phases — the first of which will be a 1,400-ft paved trail across Lakeside Avenue to Park Street and into Henrico County Spring Park.

Features of the 12-ft-wide trail will include a pedestrian median crossing and pedestrian hybrid beacon across Lakeside, as well as select amenities at Spring Park.

This first phase of the trail is estimated to be finished in February 2024. Henrico says it aims to have all eight sections finished within five years.
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I’ve been going to Squirrels games since their first season in Richmond, but my crowning achievement at the Diamond came last summer. I won the on-field game of mega cup pong during the seventh inning stretch, and I still have the John Wall-Nut bobblehead to prove it.
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