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Tierney provides offense in Wildcats' win


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FRONT ROYAL -- Ryan Tierney drove in both runs as Warren County edged Liberty, 2-1, on Friday in Evergreen District baseball action.

Tierney hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game. In the bottom of the fourth, Connor Hutzell singled and Tierney followed with an RBI double to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead. Tyler Moody pitched a complete game three-hitter for the Wildcats (5-6, 1-1). Moody struck out eight and walked two.

"Both pitchers threw strikes and located well," Warren County coach Vernon Mathews said. "There were a lot of good defensive plays. We found a way to win another tight ball game. It was our first district win for us in two years, so that's another positive for us."

Yellow Jackets 21, Wolves 7

DUMFRIES -- Randolph-Macon Academy scored 10 runs in the top of the seventh to pull out a 21-7 victory over Pope John Paul the Great.

Neil Dutton went 3-for-4 with two doubles and nine RBIs to lead the Yellow Jackets (3-5, 1-1 DAC). Josh Schooler went 4-for-5 with five runs scored and Ryan Palmer was 2-for-3 with three RBIs for R-MA. The Yellow Jackets had 19 hits.

Bison 16, Falcons 6

SWOOPE -- Central gave up seven runs in the second inning and couldn't recover in a Shenandoah District loss to Buffalo Gap. The game was called after six innings due to the mercy rule.

Seth Bauserman had a solo home run to lead the Falcons (1-9, 0-2).

Rams 16, Panthers 0

WASHINGTON, Va. -- Klay Fogle went 3-for-3 with five RBIs to lead a balanced offensive attack as Strasburg won its Bull Run District season opener against Rappahannock County. The game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Strasburg had hits from 10 different players. Aaron Doman went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Sheldon Stickley was 1-for-1 with three runs scored and two RBIs for the Rams (8-1, 1-0).

Prep softball

Wildcats 4, Eagles 0

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County got off to a quick start and that was more than enough for sophomore pitcher Nicole King in an Evergreen District win over Liberty.

Warren County scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning and King did the rest. King struck out 14, walking none, and allowing only two hits. The Wildcats (8-3, 1-1) were coming off a loss to Kettle Run earlier this week and coach Justin Stock said he was happy with how his players responded.

"Nicole threw the ball well," Stock said. "When they did put the ball in play, we made the play defensively. We were able to jump out early, which at times this year we've let teams linger around. We were able to come up with three in the second and then we could relax a little."

Falcons 10, Bison 4

SWOOPE -- Freshman Katelin Kline hit a two-run homer to help give Central a Shenandoah District victory over Buffalo Gap.

The Falcons (4-5, 2-0) had a balanced offensive attack as they pounded out 11 hits. Kline finished with three RBIs, while Sarah Mastrangelo went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Brea Hinegardner was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and also picked up the win, allowing six hits and striking out seven. Allie Lockhart went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Sam Hedrick was 2-for-4 for Central.

Rams 10, Panthers 0

WASHINGTON, Va. -- Kaitlyn Ayers threw a three-hitter to lead Strasburg to a Bull Run District victory over Rappahannock County.

Ayers also led the Rams at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Siaura Saville and Ashleigh Smith both went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Strasburg (4-7, 1-0) scored five runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh to pull away.

Prep boys soccer

Eagles 2, Cougars 1

MANASSAS PARK -- Clarke County survived a scare from Manassas Park to pick up its first Bull Run District win of the season.

Stephen Bodkin scored with six minutes left to give the Eagles (5-2, 1-1) the win. Connor Shendow scored early in the game to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead, but the Cougars tied the game midway through the second half. The Cougars outshot the Eagles, 8-7.

Rams 3, Panthers 0

STRASBURG -- Nika Kartvelishvili had two goals as Strasburg beat Rappahannock County in Bull Run District action.

Jesse Pearson had a goal and Dean Shuck and Juan Sanmartin had an assist each for the Rams (5-3, 1-1). Daniel Wilson had 12 saves for Strasburg. The Panthers outshot the Rams, 16-13.

Falcons 4, Bison 2

SWOOPE -- Central rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat Buffalo Gap in Shenandoah District action.

The Falcons trailed 2-0 just 15 minutes into the game, but Justin Mauck-Hill scored with 20 minutes left in the first half on an assist from Marshall Brill. Andrew Cardwell tied the game late in the first half. Brill put the Falcons (4-2-1, 2-1) up for good with a penalty kick in the second half. Alex Alvarez added another goal for Central. The Falcons outshot the Bison, 14-6.

Prep girls soccer

Eagles 9, Cougars 1

BERRYVILLE -- Aubrey Fletcher had five goals as Clarke County cruised past Manassas Park in Bull Run District action.

Fletcher also had an assist. Meredith Roberts had two goals and Molly Devereux had a goal and an assist for the Eagles (5-2, 2-0). Logan Johnson had one goal for Clarke County. The Eagles outshot the Cougars, 33-3.

College baseball

Hornets 17, Monarchs 4

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Visiting Shenandoah University won its eighth straight game with a 17-4 blowout victory over Methodist in the second round of the USA South Conference tournament on Friday.

Shenandoah (31-6) banged out 22 hits to send the Monarchs (24-10) into an elimination game today against Averett.

Two of those hits, including a home run, came off the bat of junior pitcher Greg Van Sickler.

Van Sickler improved to 7-1 this season with the complete game victory and helped himself with a solo home run to lead off the Hornets seventh.

Van Sickler allowed the four runs on 11 hits, did not walk a batter, struck out 10 and retired the final four Methodist hitters in order.

The complete game is the fifth of the season for the national pre-season Player of the Year and 2010 USA South Conference Pitcher of the Year.

College softball

Hornets 7, Cougars 2

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Freshman and Skyline graduate Amanda Litwin took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Friday afternoon to help the Shenandoah University softball team to a 7-2 win over Averett University.

The elimination game victory sends Shenandoah (19-16-1) into a Saturday morning loser's bracket contest against Peace College.

SU got all of the offense it would need with one run in second and three more in the third. Two Averett (6-25) errors led to all three third inning runs being unearned -- junior Catherine Pruiett drove in two of them with a single to center.

The Hornets put the finishing touches on the victory with one run in the fourth and two in the fifth. Shenandoah banged out 16 hits in the game with all but one starter getting at least one hit.

SU didn't need most of that offense as Litwin was nearly perfect through the first six innings. The freshman had just a first inning walk preventing her from perfection and she retired 16 in a row before giving up an infield single to start the seventh.

A pair of clean singles followed; Litwin then settled down to record the last three outs via groundouts to the left side of the diamond.

Three women: Jolisa Jones, Renoula Jones and Sherando graduate Shatora Lane, had three hits each with Denise Mitchell and Lauren Wall contributing two each for the victors.

College men's tennis

Captains 9, Hornets 0

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Second-seeded Christopher Newport University ended Shenandoah University's men's tennis season with a 9-0 win in the quarterfinals of the USA South Conference Tournament Friday afternoon.

CNU (13-8) took a 3-0 lead following the doubles portion of the match by winning at 5,1 and 2 in the three matches, respectively.

The Captains then clinched with straight set wins in the top four singles matches. With the outcome assured, Nos. 5 and 6 singles were played as eight-game pro-sets.

The closest match for SU (3-12) came at No. 1 singles, where former Handley standout Michael Milanov fell 6-1, 6-2. The matches at Nos. 2, 4, 5 and 6 were lost at love.

College women's tennis

Captains 8, Hornets 1

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Third-seeded Christopher Newport University ended Shenandoah University's women's tennis season with an 8-1 win in the USA South Tournament quarterfinals Friday morning.

CNU (18-2) took the early lead with 8-2 and 8-1 wins at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles, respectively.

Shenandoah (7-9) kept things close by getting an 8-5 victory from Brittany Bascope and Aliisa Altau at No. 2 doubles, but could get no closer.

The Captains clinched the match by winning the Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 6 singles matches in straight sets. The final two matches, at Nos. 3 and 4 singles, were then played as pro-sets because the outcome was decided.

Millbrook graduate and CNU's Erin Spinks beat Denise Myrick, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4 singles. She also teamed with Lauren Kelly to beat Brittany Bascope and Alissa Altau, 8-3 at No. 2 doubles.

College women's lacrosse

Pride 22, Hornets 4

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Second-seeded Greensboro College used a fast start Friday afternoon to key a 22-4 USA South Conference Tournament semi-final round victory over No. 3 Shenandoah.

The Pride (14-3) advance to Saturday's championship against top-seeded Christopher Newport. The Captains opened semi-final round play with a 20-2 win over No. 4 Ferrum.

With the score tied at 1-1 following a Sydney Anderson goal for Shenandoah (8-8) at 28:03, GC reeled off the game's next five goals to lead 6-1 by the 14:38 mark.

Anderson again stopped the string, this time with a free-position goal at 12:37, before Greensboro finished the half by scoring the final eight goals of the stanza.

This run became 14 straight as GC tallied six times in the first 18:56 of the second.

Ashley Heroth, at 8:58, and Corrinne Kosmowski, with seven seconds remaining, bookended two Pride goals in the remaining time.

Greensboro outshot SU 44-11, owned a 17-10 advantage in groundballs and won 23 of the game's 28 draws.

Christie Hebert led the victors with five goals while Ashle Nolen had four goals and three assists.

Hornets goalie Tori Beasley made 14 saves.



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