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BERRYVILLE -- Freshman pitcher Sarah Herndon started her varsity career off on the right foot. Herndon threw a perfect game to lead Clarke County to a 15-0 win over Stonewall Jackson in non-district softball action on Thursday. The game only went five innings due to the mercy rule.
"Sarah really pitched a whale of a game," Clarke County coach Susan Grubbs said. "How many people throw no-hitters or perfect games in their career? Let alone throw one in their first varsity game."
Herndon struck out nine and the Generals didn't have a ball make it past the infield. Herndon helped her own cause with two hits and two RBIs. Amy Hagerdon also went 2-for-4 for the Eagles (1-0).
Skyline 7, Freedom 0
SOUTH RIDING -- Visiting Skyline picked up a season-opening win behind the strong pitching of Sarah Beamer on Thursday as the Hawks blanked Freedom, 7-0.
Beamer allowed only three hits and struck out nine in the win. The Hawks had just one error.
"It was a good first game," Skyline coach Richard Armstrong said. "The defense played very well tonight."
Mandy Poe and Tommy Michael each had two hits, including a double apiece, for Skyline. Taylor Henry added a pair of hits and two RBIs, and Sabrie Neeb also had two hits for the Hawks.
Spotswood 10, Sherando 7
STEPHENS CITY -- A rough defensive performance cost the host Warriors in their season opener on Thursday, a 10-7 setback to Spotswood.
Abby Lopp went 2-for-3 and Jessie Seymour was 2-for-4 to lead Sherando at the plate.
The Warriors committed seven errors in all, leading to six unearned runs.
Luray 9, Strasburg 3
LURAY -- Strasburg suffered a season-opening setback on Thursday, falling 9-3 to host Luray.
Casey Spiker and Tiffany Milgrim had a hit each for the Rams.
R-MA 7, Fresta Valley 6
FRONT ROYAL -- Michael Mosczczynski's grand slam highlighted a five-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning as host Randolph-Macon Academy downed Fresta Valley 7-6 on Thursday.
After drawing three straight walks to open the inning, the Yellow Jackets got the big blast from Moczczynski to pull even. One out later, two more R-MA batters reached base on walks and Pablo Sacilitto eventually scored the winning run on a balk.
Neil Dutton was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI for R-MA (1-2). Ryan Parker picked up the win for the Yellow Jackets with a complete-game effort. He struck out 10 while allowing only one earned run. R-MA had five errors.
Strasburg 9, Luray 0
STRASBURG -- Taylor Hill had four goals to lead the Rams to a non-district win over the Bulldogs.
The Rams (1-0) dominated throughout the game and outshot the Bulldogs, 23-1. Ann Keller had two goals and one assist and Tori Avveneire had a goal and an assist for the Rams. Kaitlin Carter had a goal and two assists, and Kristen Campbell had a goal for Strasburg. Mary McCarter had two assists and Samantha Pence and Jenna Swanson had an assist each for the Rams.
"It was a great win to start the season out on," Strasburg coach Jonathan Dodd said. "We did a good job passing."
Warren County 2, Central 2
WOODSTOCK -- Katie Bennett scored with approximately six minutes left in the game to help give the Falcons a tie with the Wildcats in non-district action.
The Falcons trailed 2-0, but scored two goals in the last 15 minutes to pick up the tie. Katie Philpott had a goal and an assist for Central (0-0-1).
"We came out very, very flat," Central coach Duff Rice said. "We had a nice conversation at halftime and we came out and improved in the second half and turned it around."
The Wildcats (0-0-1) had a goal each from Marta Patrizio and Hannah Patrick. Emily Heiston had two assists for Warren County. The Wildcats outshot the Falcons, 22-9.
"Central is a much improved team," Warren County coach Mike Carpenter said. "I was very impressed with how we played, especially with the weather. We haven't been outside much. I thought we played well."
Sherando 4, Spotswood 2
STEPHENS CITY -- Lainie Weadon tallied a pair of goals to boost the Warriors to a season-opening win on Thursday.
M.L. Salvator and Brittini Dennis each added goals for Sherando. Krista DeCeault notched three assists and Jenny Ice chipped in one for the Warriors.
Sherando goalkeeper Briana Hudnall finished with seven saves.
Strasburg 2, Luray 1
LURAY -- Strasburg won its opening game Thursday, beating Luray, 2-1.
Juan Sanmartin and Nika Kartvelishvili scored for the Rams as Strasburg (1-0) outshot the Bulldogs 30-11. Kartvelishvili got the Rams on the board with a goal in the 19th minute, one of his 14 shots on the night. Luray tied it up in the second half off a free kick that sailed into the net. Strasburg got the game-winner from Sanmartin with less than three minutes left, giving the Rams the win in a game coach John Davis said was controlled mostly by the visiting team.
"I was very pleased with our game," Davis said. "We played a possession game. We maintained possession for the majority of the game. Their goal was a perfect shot on a free kick and we couldn't do much about it. Although the score was close, I thought we played an excellent first game."
Shenandoah 15, Montclair State 7
WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University won its ninth straight non-conference baseball game on Thursday with a 15-7 victory over Montclair (N.J.) State.
For the second straight time, SU (12-4) had to rally for the win.
This time, the Red Hawks (4-3) scored four runs in the first inning on a Kevin Bond grand slam and led 6-3 after pushing across a pair of runs in the top of fourth.
The Hornets had an answer, however, scoring five runs on three hits and two Montclair errors in their half of the inning to take a lead they would not relinquish.
The rally made a winner of junior Bobby Stefanowicz (4-0). Stefanowicz, the fourth of six Hornets pitchers on the day, came on the in the middle of the second and allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings of relief work.
Stefanowicz struck out six before turning it over to Patrick Moore to start the eighth.
Moore struck out two of the three batters he faced in his only inning of work before Kyle Scallion worked a scoreless ninth to close out the contest.
Shenandoah had 17 hits in the game with No. 9 hitter Adam Delauter doing most of the damage on a 4-for-5 day. Delauter had RBI singles in the second, fourth, seventh and eighth innings.
Six other players had two hits each, with junior Greg Van Sickler going 2-for-5 with three RBIs.