Daily Staff Reports
WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah University baseball team set new school records for runs and hits in a game in a 35-13 non-league win over Long Island, N.Y.-based St. Joseph's on Thursday.
The Hornets (18-5) scored nine runs in the first, four in the second and a combined 13 runs in the fourth through sixth innings to turn the game into a rout over the Golden Eagles (5-8).
The 35 runs breaks the school record of 32 set against Franklin & Marshall last season and equaled later in 2009 against Catholic.
The 32 hits breaks the hits record set in the F&M contest.
Additionally, sophomore Cory Nelson set a new school record with six hits. Nelson finished his day 6-for-6 with five RBIs before being pinch-hit for in the seventh.
All nine starters got at least one hit with Nelson, Kevin Brashears, Jesse Henry and Keaton Neeb getting at least three each.
Brashears missed hitting for the cycle by failing to hit a triple while Neeb needed to just a home run to complete his cycle.
FREDERICKSBURG -- After hitting for a double, a triple and a home run, consecutively, Randolph-Macon Academy catcher Michael Mosczczynski was hit by a pitch in his final at-bat.
In jest, Mosczczynski then asked head coach Robert Locklear if taking a bean-ball still counted as a single.
It didn't count, and Mosczczynski was a single short of hitting for the cycle in R-MA's 18-10 win over Fredericksburg Christian on Thursday. He was two batters away from getting another plate appearance before the game ended.
Few jokes were to be had in the first inning, though.
After retiring the first batter of the inning, Yellow Jackets (2-3, 1-0) starting pitcher Ryan Palmer walked the next two batters he faced. The fourth batter smashed a three-run homer, and the fifth lined a solo shot out of the park.
A second inning that produced three R-MA runs, tying the game at 4-4, brought Palmer peace of mind; so Palmer brought strikes.
The Yellow Jackets pitcher fanned 12 batters in a full game's work.
Chris Abare matched Mosczczynski's 3-for-4 performance from the plate, though the former wasn't as near the cycle as the latter.
Panthers 12, Rams 2
SHENANDOAH -- Host Page County needed only five innings to deal Strasburg a 12-2 defeat in the Rams' season opener on Thursday.
The Panthers built a 6-0 lead in the first two innings before the Rams rallied for a pair of runs in the top of the third. It wasn't enough, as Page County scored in each of the next three innings to secure the mercy-rule victory.
Derek Buckley had both hits for the Rams with a 2-for-3 effort, including a double.
Panthers 5, Patriots 0
WASHINGTON -- Rappahannock County held visiting Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy to just two hits in a 5-0 setback on Thursday.
Tyler Braun-Duin and Mike Powell each went 1-for-3 for SVCA (1-1).
Prep boys soccer
Rams 4, Panthers 1
Strasburg coach Joel Ross said that while he's certainly excited Strasburg (2-1) is sporting a winning record, he's still hoping the Rams will be able to notch a win against a team "that we consistently lost to in the past."
Jordan Bowes scored two goals against Page County, a team Strasburg beat twice last year; Juan Sanmartin and Dean Shuck each registered a goal Thursday.
The one goal Strasburg gave up turned out to be an own goal, the result of the slippery, unpredictable Page County grass.
"Overall we played pretty good markers," Ross said of his otherwise unblemished defense, "and a couple defenders had a really good game tonight -- won a lot of 50-50 balls."
Prep girls soccer
Rams 5, Panthers 0
SHENANDOAH -- Taylor Hill had two goals and two assists to boost visiting Strasburg to a 5-0 win over Page County on Thursday.
The Rams, who improved to 3-0, outshot the Panthers 25-0 in the game.
Kaitlin Carter added a goal and an assist, and Ann Keller and Emily Tiermeyer each had goals for Strasburg.
The Rams are still on pace with last season's 6-0 start, the best in the third-year program's brief history.