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WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University won in dramatic fashion Wednesday, edging out Messiah College, 3-2.
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Hornets were down to their final out with pinch hitter Mike Smith at the plate. Smith swung at a third strike, but the pitch got past Messiah catcher David Adams, allowing Smith to advance to second and the game to continue.
The runner later scored to tie the game at two, and Jake Pendergraft hit a game-winning single to give the Hornets the one-run win.
Shenandoah 10-4, Mary Washington 2-4
FREDERICKSBURG -- Shenandoah University got back on the softball winning track by getting a win and a tie in a non-league doubleheader at Mary Washington on Wednesday.
Shenandoah (10-7-1) was a 10-2 winner in the opener before Mary Washington (4-13-1) came back to salvage a 4-4 tie in the nightcap.
The Hornets actually scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning of Game 2 before the umpires called the game due to darkness. By rule, the game reverts back to the last completed inning and thus ended in a 4-4 tie.
A six-run first inning was all the Hornets needed to secure the victory in the opener. Ashley Plaugher, Lauren McCabe, Emmalie Spina, Denise Mitchell and Renoula Jones all had run-scoring singles in the frame.
Jolisa Jones, who was 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs, and Catherine Pruiett, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI, led the Hornets at the plate.
Sophomore Brooke Over struck out 10 and walked just one in the complete-game victory. She improved to 5-4 on the spring by tossing a four-hitter.
Four Game 2 errors led to three of the four Eagles runs being unearned.
Amanda Litwin struck out four before Over registered another five strikeouts in relief.
Jones, Pruiett, Plaugher and Lauren Wall all had at least two hits, with Jones going 3-for-4 for the Hornets.
Briar Woods 7, Handley 0
WINCHESTER -- Handley coach Luke Mason admitted Briar Woods is the kind of team the Judges strive to be.
He also noticed that Briar Woods, after notching three goals in the opening 13 minutes, seemed to be "just having fun."
But at least Mason can bank on the fact that, when Myrina Booker finally took to the field early in the game after not starting, the Eagles failed to score another goal in the first half.
And except for a fluke header scored from the 6-yard mark, all of Briar Woods' second-half goals were scored from outside the penalty box.
Sophomore Cindy Quarles also helped fortify the Judges (1-3-1) defense, falling deeper into the formation to aid the fullbacks.
"Cindy and Myrina, they're our workhorses," Mason said. "I know they get frustrated, but they do their best."
Millbrook 2, Dominion 1
WINCHESTER -- With the game tied at one in the second half, Millbrook's Daniel Stillwell received a cross from teammate Michael Venegas, heading in the game-winning goal in Millbrook's 2-1 over Dominion on Wednesday.
Both teams scored goals in the first half off of penalty kicks. Millbrook's Ryan Runion scored in the 25th minute, with Kevin Tiblin tying the game just four minutes later. Stillwell's goal in the second half moved the Pioneers to 1-1 on the season.
"Dominion is a very talented team," Millbrook coach Keith Kilmer said. "And for us to walk away with a win against them is very impressive."
Central 2, Broadway 1
WOODSTOCK -- Central picked up its first win of the season Wednesday, defeating Broadway, 2-1.
After falling behind 1-0, Justin Mauck-Hill scored for the Falcons in the 30th minute, his second goal of the season. Alex Alvarez scored on a pass from teammate Marshall Brill 12 minutes into the second half, giving the Falcons the 2-1 win.
"We finally began to play the kind of soccer we're capable of playing," Central coach Tim Poor said. "It was very much a possession game and the thing I enjoyed the most about it was the way we went down 1-0 and they didn't give up. They played their game, spread the field and put pressure on the other team."
Broadway 29, Stonewall Jackson 1
BROADWAY -- The Generals fell to 0-2 on the season, losing a tough one 29-1 against Broadway on Wednesday.
Stonewall struggled on the mound, using three pitchers in the defeat. Starter Sami Somers fell to 0-2 as the Gobblers scored six runs in the first inning and 16 in the second to take a commanding lead. Broadway catcher Mandy Hodges hit two home runs in the win, while Stonewall's Jazmin Wymer doubled in the lone run for the Generals.
Sherando 8, Musselman 1
INWOOD, W.Va. -- Behind Amanda Lutz's 3-for-3 performance, Sherando improved to 2-1 on the year with a 8-1 win over Musselman on Wednesday.
Lutz was a force both at the plate and on the mound. The pitcher boosted her record to 2-0 as she went seven innings, allowing six hits and striking out eight batters. Teammate Courtney Paige was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
James Wood 7, Jefferson 6
SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. -- James Wood needed all seven of its runs to stave off a near comeback by the Cougars, but in the end the Colonels picked up the 7-6 win on Wednesday.
James Wood held a four-run advantage heading into the final inning, but a three-run frame by Jefferson put the lead in jeopardy. Facing the bases loaded with two outs, closer Brock Lockhart was able to pick up the save.
"It was a great win," James Wood coach Jared Mounts said. "It was kind of a nail-biter in the end. We had a four-run lead going into the seventh inning and Jefferson did a good job of getting back into it."
Stonewall Jackson 14, SVA 4
QUICKSBURG -- Josh Litten went a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate Wednesday, including seven RBIs in the Generals' 14-4 win over the Shenandoah Valley Academy. His offensive showcase was more than enough from pitcher Sergio Martinez, who finished with eight strikeouts and allowed no earned runs.
"We had a lot of key hits tonight," Generals coach Morgan Saeler said. "Every hit tonight we had counted for runs or RBI, and other than the fourth inning we played a pretty good game."
Episcopal 25, R-MA 1, five innings
ALEXANDRIA -- Randolph-Macon Academy committed eight errors and walked 17 batters in a non-conference loss to Episcopal on Wednesday.
The game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.
Michael Mosczczynski had a solo home run and Zach French went 1-for-3 for the Yellow Jackets (1-2).