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WINCHESTER -- All Handley's 2-0 win over Sherando really came down to was a well-placed shot and a misplayed pass.
In the 53rd minute, Handley senior Deni Deyanov curled a 30-yard shot just inside the left post. With Sherando's defense playing so well inside the 18-yard box, Deyanov's shot had to come from that far out.
"It's a good game no matter what between the two of us all the time," Handley coach Cosmo Balio said. "I have the utmost respect for [Sherando coach Pat Anderson]. He always puts a team together and he's always got something up his sleeve."
But few coaches can foresee, and thus prepare for, unfortunate errors.
Sherando right back Jake Lewis tapped a free kick over to his center back in the 78th minute, and Handley midfielder Eduardo Santiago intercepted the pass and scored.
The match ended when Sherando keeper Rodrigo Casteriana took a free kick from the top of the box. His low shot was foiled by the Handley defense.
"I know we're young, but we can only use that for so long," Anderson said. "Toward the end of the season they're not young anymore.
"... I'm pleased with the way they played, we got some chances in the first, we just can't put it all together right now."
Millbrook 9, Skyline 1
FRONT ROYAL -- Millbrook junior Edgar Trujillo scored a hat trick and notched an assist in a win that really didn't require such a lavish performance.
Junior Mark Guntle scored two goals, and the Pioneers had a host of players score single goals: Jon Carnill, Nick Kilmer, Chris Barrette and Enrique Martinez.
Carnill, Kilmer, Barrette and Tyler Anderson each had an assist.
Millbrook (5-4, 2-1) outshot Skyline, 18-2. The Pioneers will play Handley on Tuesday.
Skyline 10, Millbrook 0
FRONT ROYAL -- Sarah Beamer had a big day in the circle and at the plate to lead the Hawks to a Northwestern District victory over the Pioneers. The game was stopped after five innings due to the mercy rule.
Beamer threw a one-hitter and struck out nine. The sophomore also went 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI for the Hawks (4-6, 1-2 Northwestern). Taylor Henry went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Tara Robinson was 3-for-3 with two RBIs for Skyline.
"It was the best offensive production we've had all season," Skyline coach Michael Bukva said. "And we played well in the field."
Sherando 18, Handley 0, 5 innings
STEPHENS CITY -- In only three innings of work, Sherando pitcher Amanda Lutz struck out seven Handley batters. Courtney Reid took over for Lutz in the fourth, and completed the shutout.
Lutz also batted 3-for-3 with two RBIs, three runs scored and a stolen base.
Reid added two hits and three RBIs; Kourtney Paige batted 2-for-2 with three runs and a stolen base; and Kennedy Rothemich had a hit, two RBIs and three runs.
Destini Wallace had the lone hit for Handley.
The Warriors' record improved to 12-1 overall and 4-0 in the Northwestern District. Lutz is now 11-0 on the season.
R-MA 8, Highland 6
WARRENTON -- Neil Dutton threw a three-hitter and helped the Yellow Jackets pull out a Delaney Athletic Conference win over the Hawks.
Dutton struck out 13, and went 4-for-4 with three doubles and two RBis to lead the Yellow Jackets (2-3, 1-2 DAC). Pablo Sacilotto went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
"It was a big win for us," R-MA coach Robert Locklear said. "Neil pitched a really good game for us."
Page County 6, Strasburg 4
SHENANDOAH -- The Rams couldn't take advantage of early opportunites in a non-district loss to the Panthers.
Strasburg had five of its nine hits in the first inning, but managed only two runs. Page County responded in the bottom of the first with four runs on four hits.
Sheldon Stickley went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Rams (7-3, 2-1 Bull Run).