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Eight-run rally sparks Clarke to win

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BERRYVILLE -- Clarke County's baseball team used an eight-run third inning to fly past visiting Central 11-1 on Tuesday.

Clarke County starting pitcher Drew Paice allowed just one hit through four innings of work, picking up his first win of the season. Meanwhile, every Eagles starter got a hit in the third inning, helping Clarke County improve its record to 3-1 overall.

"We hit the ball pretty well and we scored a lot of runs," Clarke County coach Jon Novick said. "We had some strong winds that were moving the ball, but we were able to put the ball in play and when you do that good things will happen. I think everyone in the [third] inning got a hit, everyone was making good contact and I'm pleased with the win."

Fresta Valley 9, SVCA 4

MARSHALL -- Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy dropped its first Virginia Association of Christian Athletics conference matchup to host Fresta Valley as the Patriots lost 9-4 on Tuesday.

Tyler Braun-Duin was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for SVCA. Dan Jones added a 3-for-4 effort, including a home run, for the Patriots.

SVCA dropped to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play.

Prep softball

James Wood 12, Washington 8

WINCHESTER -- After scoring just two runs in its first four games, James Wood's offense finally broke through on Tuesday, scoring 12 runs in an eight-run win over Washington.

The Colonels scored three runs in the first inning, then put an eight-spot on the Patriots in the second frame, chasing Washington starter Kaila Burch after just an inning of work. Several James Wood players had hot days at the plate. Whitney Dennis went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Erin McCarthy drove in three runs and Morgan McCarthy and Morgan Sykes each went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Colonels' first win of the season.

"It feels like we got the monkey off of our backs," James Wood coach Ted McDaniel said. "We had struggled all year offensively and we came out tonight and got 12 runs. Hopefully it's a sign of things to come with us hitting the ball well."

Boys soccer

Millbrook 1, Spotswood 1

PENN LAIRD -- Millbrook scored a goal early against Spotswood, but that was all they could manage in a tie with the Trailblazers.

Julian Pantoja scored for the Pioneers three minutes into the game on an assist from Mark Guntle. The Trailblazers tied the game five minutes into the second half. The Pioneers (1-1-1) outshot the Trailblazers, 9-3.

"It was a actually a very lopsided game, but we just couldn't come out with a win," Millbrook coach Keith Kilmer said. "We just couldn't finish tonight."

College baseball

Hornets ranked 14th

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- The Shenandoah University baseball team is the nation's No. 14 team, according to the American Baseball Coaches Association in a poll released on Tuesday.

The Hornets, 20-5 on the season after sweeping Christopher Newport in a doubleheader on Saturday, come in at the No. 14 spot in the ABCA poll after being a No. 8 selection in the pre-season.

Tuesday's poll is the first of the season for the ABCA and Shenandoah has been ranked in the last five ABCA polls dating back to May 5, 2009.

St. Thomas (Minn.) is the No. 1 team the poll, receiving six of a possible eight first-place votes.

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