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Prep roundup: Plunkett pitches Falcons past Stonewall

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WOODSTOCK -- Central High School's John Plunkett fired a complete-game shutout as the Falcons downed Stonewall Jackson 2-0 in baseball action on Friday night.

Plunkett had to be sharp to beat Stonewall's Colton Harlow, who also went the distance in the losing effort.

"It was just a duel," Central baseball coach Donn Foltz said. "Plunkett pitched seven great innings, and he had a very good defense behind him."

Plunkett allowed just two hits and three walks while striking out seven.

Harlow fanned nine and walked five in six innings of work for Stonewall (1-2).

Eric Semones led Central (2-1) with a 2-for-3 night. Semones scored both runs for the Falcons.

SVCA 10, Fresta Valley 8

MARSHALL -- Mike Powell came through with an all-around performance to lead Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy's baseball team to a 10-8 victory over homestanding Fresta Valley Christian on Friday.

Powell started and pitched the first four innings to earn the win. At the plate, he was 3-for-5 with three stolen bases, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Patriots.

Taylor Jones added a 2-for-2 effort with an RBI and a stolen base, and Bobby Albright was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored for SVCA (1-0).

Cody Robertson, the third pitcher of the game for the Patriots, pitched the final inning for the save.

MMA 3, Eastern Mennonite 1

HARRISONBURG -- Massanutten Military Academy backed a solid pitching effort from Joe Gillette with enough offense to pick up a season-opening 3-1 victory over Eastern Mennonite on Friday.

Gillette fired a complete-game one-hitter for the Colonels, allowing just one unearned run while striking out seven.

MMA (1-0) managed just four hits, including an RBI double by Chase McDevitt. James Batzer, Jeffrey Brown and Gillette added singles.

Girls soccer

SVCA 5, Quantico 0

QUANTICO -- Visiting Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy didn't allow a shot on goal to host Quantico in a 5-0 girls soccer victory on Friday.

SVCA (2-0) needed just three minutes to get on the scoreboard when junior Megan Norton scored an unassisted goal.

Patriots junior Maddie Deason got the second goal off an assist from Kayla Freemire in the 24th minute, then Deason struck again six minutes into the second half off an assist by Norton.

Sophomore Krista Freemire tallied an unassisted goal in the 63rd minute, and freshman Grace Snyder capped the scoring five minutes later with another unassisted goal.

SVCA outshot the Warriors, 19-0.

Strasburg 2, Skyline 1

FRONT ROYAL -- Laura Moran's penalty kick with about nine minutes to play salvaged a tie for host Skyline against visiting Strasburg on Friday.

After Moran's goal, her second penalty-kick score of the game, neither team could punch in another goal in regulation or in two five-minute overtimes.

"It was a our first game," Strasburg coach Katherine Klus said. "I thought the girls did great for their first game."

Strasburg (0-0-1) opened the scoring in the 34th minute when Keely Zizzi scored off a Kirsten Campbell assist.

After Moran tied it up with her first penalty-kick goal late in the first half, the Rams retook the lead with 12 minutes to go on Campbell's goal off an assist by Kennedy Smalls.

Strasburg goalkeeper Anna Sparacio finished with 10 saves.

Softball

Central 12, Stonewall Jackson 2, 5 innings

WOODSTOCK -- Sydney Plum hit her fourth home run of the season to lead the Falcons past the Generals in non-district action.

Plum went 3 for 4 at the plate to lead the Falcons (2-1, 0-1 Bull Run). Mary Wakeman went 3 for 4 with four runs scored, and Rebekah Ansbro was 2 for 4 with two singles for Central. Katelyn Poston went 2 for 4 with a double and a home run for Central.

The Falcons had 10 hits in the game. Plum picked up the win in the circle, allowing just two hits.

East Hardy 8, Strasburg 7
STRASBURG -- The Cougars scored five runs in the top of the third inning en route to a semifinal win in the Ram Softball Classic.

The Rams battled back from 6-2 and 8-5 deficits, but still came up short. The Rams scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh had two more runners in scoring position, but couldn't get them in. Nikki Killen had a two-run homer, went 2 for 4 and two RBIs to lead Strasburg (2-2). Ashtyn Foddrell was was 2 for 4, and Carey Scott was 2 for 3 with two RBIs for the Rams.

Strasburg plays Moorefield in the consolation game today at 5 p.m., while East Hardy plays East Rockingham at 7 p.m. in the final.


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