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CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Millbrook's softball team kept its bats quiet for most of the game, but broke through late with a three-run sixth inning to defeat Washington, W.Va., 3-1 on Thursday.

Pitcher Amber Wells went the distance for the Pioneers, allowing just one run on two hits. Meanwhile, Madison Burrow and catcher Kate Hendershot each went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the win.

"I would've liked to have seen some more hits from us," Millbrook coach Michelle Long said. "But we made good contact with the ball when we hit it, and at the beginning of the season we're just looking to put the ball in play and we did that tonight. We did well with the short game, our defense did well and it's just making sure our hitting steps up to that level as well."

Generals 16, Flames 3

HARRISONBURG -- Thirteen runs in the first two innings help propel Stonewall Jackson to its first win of the season on Thursday, a 16-3 victory over Eastern Mennonite.

The Generals' Kasey McMaster was 2-for-3 with two singles and two RBIs. Haley Stover added two runs and two RBIs in the win as Stonewall improved to 1-3 on the year.

"It was very nice to jump out in front early," Stonewall coach Michael Hunt said. "The key hits in the first inning were Stover had a single for two RBIs and Megan Gitts had a single for two RBIs, and that really got us started."

Wildcats 4, Bulldogs 0

LURAY -- Nicole King continued her stellar season with another dominating performance on Thursday, striking out 15 batters in a 4-0 win over Luray.

King and the Wildcats moved their record to 4-1 on the year, as King allowed just one hit and two walks in the win. Three players had multiple hits for Warren County, including Paige Partlow who went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

"[King] threw the ball pretty well," Warren County coach Justin Stock said. "They hit the ball pretty hard to us and we fielded well. We had trouble hitting the other night against Clarke [County], but seven different batters got a hit today, so it was good to see almost everyone get a hit."


Applemen 6, Colonels 5

INWOOD, W.Va. -- James Wood took an early four-run lead but couldn't hold on as the Colonels fell to Musselman, W.Va., 6-5 on Thursday.

After the Colonels scored two runs in the second and third innings, pitcher Matt Copley couldn't keep the Applemen off the board, allowing six runs over the next two frames. James Wood closed the lead to one with a run in the fifth, but dropped its fourth game of the season.

"We did a good job of bouncing back after a bad performance last game," James Wood coach Jared Mounts said. "We went up, but we just couldn't hold the lead. But the guys showed improvement and we're headed in the right direction."

Wildcats 24, Bulldogs 14 (5)

LURAY -- Warren County exploded for 24 runs on 24 hits on Thursday in a 10-run win over Luray.

The Wildcats took an early 9-4 lead after two innings. Warren County piled on seven more in the third, followed by two in the fourth and six in the fifth. Wildcats catcher Connor Hutzell went 4-for-5 with a home run and seven RBIs, while Logan Hibbs went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs. Will Hoffmaster and Cody Zimmerman each added two doubles and three RBIs in the Wildcats' second straight win.

"We're hitting the ball decent," Warren County coach Vernon Mathews said. "We just got on a roll tonight. What I was happy about is sometimes when you hit well early and you get up, you have a tendency to slack off and lose focus. We didn't do that offensively. We had great at-bats and most of the hits were hit really well.

"On the pitching side Frank [Barrientez] struggled, not so much with walks but with location. But to his credit he threw strikes and did what we needed him to do."

Warriors 4, Bulldogs 3

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Chris Gray's two-run single in the third inning helped lead the Warriors to a non-district victory over the Bulldogs on Thursday.

Zach Carney went 3-for-3 with an RBI for the Warriors (4-1). Carney started the game on the mound for the Warriors, but when he got in trouble Jared Bentley came on in relief and finished things off. Bentley came in with two on and two out in the bottom of the fourth and got out of a jam. Bentley pitched 3 2/3 innings to pick up the win and allowed only one hit. Sherando catcher Derek Reid also contributed in the win by throwing out two baserunners, including one to end the game.

"It was a quality win against an excellent team. Both teams got out of jams and made some good defensive plays," Sherando coach Pepper Martin said. "Every game it's a different person stepping up for us."

Bulldogs 14, Judges 4

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Host Martinsburg, W.Va., handled Handley in a 14-4 decision on Thursday.

The Judges got a 3-for-3 effort from Cody Crenshaw, Nolan Potts drove in a pair of runs and Aubry Wilkerson scored a pair of runs. It wasn't enough to back starting pitcher Reagan Potts, who took the loss in his first start of the season.

Knights 11, Patriots 1

HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- Grace Academy, Md., got an early jump on the Patriots, scoring nine runs in the first three innings to coast to an 11-1 win on Thursday.

SVCA pitcher Dan Jones took his first loss of the season, lasting just one inning and giving up two runs. Emmitt Pieper scored the lone run for the Patriots in the seventh inning, reaching base on a walk then stealing second, reaching third on an error and finally scoring on a wild pitch.

Knights 8, Millbrook 1

PARK VIEW -- Four errors and four unearned runs allowed opened the door for Bishop O'Connell as the Pioneers fell 8-1 in the Spring Break Baseball Tournament.

Millbrook starter Nick Strosnyder lasted just one inning, while the O'Connell pitching staff allowed just one run on two hits in the win. With the loss Strosnyder falls to 0-1, while the Pioneers fall to 2-3.

"It was just us giving up four errors and four unearned runs," Millbrook coach Mike Smith said. "About the only bright spot was Brady Baker went 2-for-2 and other than that, it wasn't very good."

Girls soccer

Wildcats 8, Bulldogs 0

LURAY -- The Wildcats picked up their first win of the season as they cruised past Luray in non-district soccer action on Thursday.

Becca Fritts had two goals and one assist to lead the Wildcats (1-2-1). Emily Heiston, Dominique deVenoge and Margaret Tewalt each had a goal and two assists, and Hannah Patrick had a goal and an assist for Warren County. Kelly Martin and Rachel McKee added a goal each for the Wildcats, who outshot the Bulldogs, 21-1.

"It was nice that the girls were able to rebound from [Wednesday night's] loss to Luray," Warren County coach Mike Carpenter said. "I was impressed with our passing and ball movement."

College baseball

Hornets 14, Yellow Jackets 7

ASHLAND -- The Shenandoah University baseball team began a season-long five-game road trip on Thursday afternoon by extending its winning streak to six games with a 14-7 victory at Randolph-Macon.

The Hornets (22-5), who were playing their first road game in two weeks, scored one run in the first and two more in the second to take the early lead over Macon (10-11).

A five-run fifth gave Shenandoah the eventual winning runs. Junior Greg Van Sickler had the big hit in the frame with a double to left center to score Jon Holcomb and Jesse Henry. Those two had reached on a single and an error, respectively.

The two-bagger is the 47th of Van Sickler's career, tying him with Geoff Williams for the all-time lead at Shenandoah. He is also currently tied for seventh on the all-time hits list and is 13 runs batted in from the No. 3 spot all-time.

Van Sickler finished his day 2-for-4 with three RBIs before being lifted for a pinch runner in the ninth.

Van Sickler's classmate, Kevin Brashears, was 3-for-6 with four RBIs. He had a two-run triple in the second before driving in a pair with a double to left in the seventh. Brashears also scored the first run of the game by opening the contest with an infield single and eventually scoring from third on a Van Sickler groundout.

Senior Jake Yocum (2-0) recorded all but the last out to earn the win. He allowed seven runs (five earned) on 11 hits and two walks in 8 2/3 innings. Patrick Moore retired the final batter on a fly to left to close out the game.


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