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WINCHESTER -- Kayla Priet's RBI single in the top of the eighth inning gave Millbrook a 2-1 Northwestern District softball win over Handley on Friday.
"It was great to put it in the win column," Millbrook coach Michelle Long said. "We had a lot of hits that we didn't capitalize on. I think both teams were a little tight, with it being the first district game and because of the rivalry between Handley and Millbrook. We battled the whole way and we happened to come out on top."
Alexis LaBiche led off the eighth with a single and moved to second on a passed ball. Priet then singled to give the Pioneers the lead. Stephanie Curry, LaBiche and Priet each went 2-for-4 for the Pioneers (4-3, 1-0). Amber Wells picked up the complete-game win for Millbrook and allowed only two hits.
Sherando 7, James Wood 1
STEPHENS CITY -- Sherando started its Northwestern District season off on a solid note as the Warriors knocked off county rival James Wood.
Amanda Lutz threw a two-hitter and the Warriors strung together just enough hits to pull out the win.
"It was a good game," Sherando coach Garry Sawyer said. "James Wood played well. They were fired up and ready to go. Anytime you can get a win in the district, it's a good thing."
Erica Doyle led the Warriors (5-3, 1-0) at the plate by going 2-for-3. Lacie Taylor went 2-for-4 and Jessie Seymour was 1-for-3 with a triple for Sherando.
For James Wood (1-6, 0-1), Rachel Largent went 2-for-3, Morgan Baker had a hit and an RBI, Whitney Dennis chipped in a single and a walk, and Lauren Myers scored a run.
Page County 3-2, Skyline 0-0
FRONT ROYAL -- The Hawks committed seven errors in two games and struggled at the plate in a doubleheader loss to the Panthers in non-district action.
Taylor Henry had a hit in each game to lead the Hawks (4-3). Skyline managed only five hits combined in the two games.
High school baseball
Pioneers 20, Judges 10
WINCHESTER -- VIsiting Millbrook doubled up Handley 20-10 in an error-filled Northwestern District matchup on Friday.
The Judges committed six errors, and Millbrook (3-3, 1-0 Northwestern) nearly matched them with five in the mercy-rule shortened, six-inning game.
Cody Houltz led the Pioneers at the plate with a 4-for-4 effort and two RBIs. Ethan Mathews was 3-for-5 with four RBIs, Mike Dillow went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs and Jordan Hartman was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Millbrook tallied 13 hits to back starting pitcher Brady Baker, who went five innings to earn the win.
Shenandoah 8-10, Peace 1-2
WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University headed into its final USA South Conference softball weekend of the regular season with a doubleheader sweep over Peace College on Friday.
Shenandoah (17-12-1, 9-7 USA South) was an 8-1 winner in the opener before taking the nightcap, 10-2.
Game 2 ended in the sixth inning due to the NCAA mercy rule.
Peace (15-20, 4-12) actually led Game 1 1-0 after scoring one run on one hit and a walk in the top of the first.
However, that was all the offense the Pacers generated against sophomore Brooke Over (9-6).
Over allowed just two hits and struck out 12 in the complete-game performance. She had at least one strikeout in every inning and struck out the side in both the second and fourth.
Offensively, Shenandoah sent 10 batters to the plate in the first as it scored six runs on seven hits. Junior Ashley Plaugher had a two-run double to give the Hornets the lead for good.
A seven-run third inning of Game 2 gave the Hornets a commanding 8-0 lead -- Jolisa Jones had a double and a triple in the frame as the team had six of its 15 hits off Peace pitcher Hannah McLeod (0-2).
Freshman Amanda Litwin (9-7) pitched the first five innings for Shenandoah before turning it over to classmate Ashley Stegemiller for the sixth. Litwin allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks.
Freshman Emmalie Spina ended the game by driving a bases-loaded single back up the middle to score Lauren Wall from third. Wall had led off the Shenandoah sixth with a walk.
Plaugher and freshman Lauren McCabe each had three hits in the nightcap, while Renoula Jones and Catherine Pruiett did the same in the opener.
Note: This story was not published in today's Northern Virginia Daily.