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Roundup: Jones hurls SVCA to easy home win

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STEPHENS CITY -- Dan Jones struck out 10 batters while Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy's offense exploded for 16 runs as the Patriots defeated Fresta Valley 16-1 in high school baseball action on Monday.

Nathan Steve went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Patriots, while Jones improved to 2-1 this season with the victory.

"Their first pitcher was really tough and we were able to get six off of him," SVCA coach Bobby Wheelock said. "Tyler Braun-Duin hit a home run in the first inning and went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, so that really got us started offensively. Dan [Jones] struck out 10, so he had a great game, too."

Prep softball

Hawks 2, Bulldogs 0

LURAY -- Skyline's Sarah Beam fired her third shutout of the season to lead visiting Skyline past Luray 2-0 on Monday.

Beam (4-2) fanned 13 batters while allowing only five hits and one walk in the complete-game effort.

"Sarah was really on with her pitching tonight," Skyline coach Richard Armstrong said. "She did a real good job."

Beam provided her own run support with a solo home run in the first inning. Teammate Sabrie Neeb finished with a 2-for-3 day including a triple for Skyline (5-3).

Gobblers 10, Generals 3

QUICKSBURG -- Despite a strong start from its offense, Stonewall Jackson couldn't hold on Monday, falling 10-3 to Broadway.

Catcher Savannah Ludwig hit a two-run triple in the first inning to put the home team ahead, but Broadway's offense couldn't be silenced. The Gobblers put four runs on the scoreboard in the third inning, then scored in each frame to win convincingly.

"We gave up three unearned runs and the last time we played Broadway we lost 21-1, so it was a blowout," Stonewall coach Michael Hunt said. "I was pleased with the effort our girls gave tonight. It was a good effort."

Prep boys soccer

Gladiators 2, Falcons 1

WOODSTOCK -- A costly mistake by the Falcons was the difference on Monday as Central fell 2-1 to Riverheads.

The Gladiators took the early lead, but a goal by Jimmy Horn allowed Central to tie the game. But with less than 10 minutes left, Central made an errant throw-in, which put Riverheads on the advantage, and the Gladiators scored the game-winning goal.

"I think we had a good bit of the play in the second half," Central coach Ted Poor said. "We made a mistake by throwing the ball into the middle of the field, and they picked it off and took it back. But it was a well-played game and both teams deserved to win."

College baseball

Hornets 13, Flames 2

HARRISONBURG -- Shenandoah University ran its baseball winning streak to six games with a 13-2 non-league victory over Eastern Mennonite on Monday.

Shenandoah (29-6) scored single runs in the second and third innings, and after Eastern Mennonite (9-17) tied it with a two-run fourth, the Hornets broke things open by scoring nine runs in the fifth.

The Hornets sent 13 men to that fifth inning as the first six reached base safely. Junior Kevin Brashears led off with an infield single and eventually scored two runs in the inning.

Jon Holcomb had a pair of singles to center and drove in runs in his two at-bats.

Shenandoah finished the game by scoring two more runs in the eighth.

Holcomb led the offense with a 4-for-4 day that included a pair of RBIs. Scott Van Dusseldorp drove in three runs and Jesse Henry had two RBIs for Shenandoah.

Jake Yocum (4-0) earned the win with an inning of relief. Yocum gave up two runs on three hits as he pitched the fourth, but got the win when his offense produced the nine-run fifth.

SU baseball duo earns accolades

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Shenandoah University swept USA South Conference baseball Player of the Week honors in selections announced on Monday by the conference office.

Juniors Kevin Brashears and Greg Van Sickler were named Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for their performances last week.

Van Sickler was named as the Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season after throwing a complete game six-hitter on Saturday against league rival Ferrum.

Van Sickler struck out eight and walked just one as he improved to 6-1 this spring.

Brashears hit .542 last week with 13 hits and nine RBIs in 24 at-bats. The center fielder had five home runs on the week, including three in Sunday's win over Ferrum and a go-ahead blast on Saturday against the Panthers.

Brashears' three homers tied a school record for home runs in a game.


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