Prep roundup: Late surge lifts Wildcats over Dragons

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STANARDSVILLE — Warren County rode a late offensive outburst to a 14-2 win over host William Monroe in Bull Run District softball action on Tuesday.

The Wildcats (2-2, 2-1 Bull Run) were held scoreless in the first five innings before erupting for three runs in the top of the sixth inning and 11 more in the seventh.

Junior Paige McLachlan — who also pitched the full seven innings for Warren County — got the Wildcats’ late rally started with a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning. McLachlan, who went 3-for-5 at the plate with a double and five RBIs, added another home run in the seventh inning.

Senior Cassie Green was 4-for-5 for Warren County with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs, and junior Dallas Crawford was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Wildcats.

Warren County finished with 18 hits.

“Once we broke the door open the flood came,” Wildcats coach Justin Stock said. “I was pleased to see that we started hitting the ball.”

McLachlan (2-2), who allowed five hits, struck out ten and walked two batters.

Girls soccer

Strasburg 2, Central 0

WOODSTOCK — Visiting Strasburg used a pair of late goals to down rival Central in Bull Run District girls soccer action on Tuesday.

Junior midfielder Virginia Washington got the Rams on the board with a goal in the 65th minute, and freshman Amelia Guthrie added another goal with six minutes remaining to seal the win for Strasburg. Senior Kennedy Smalls assisted on both of the Rams’ goals.

Strasburg outshot Central 10-6, and Rams keeper Haley Bischoff tallied six saves.

“Great win. It was a great performance by all of our players tonight,” Strasburg coach Katherine Klus said. “I feel like the last two games we’ve really synced and played well together.”


Grace Christian 1, SVCA 0

STEPHENS CITY — Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy fell to Grace Academy in a 1-0 pitchers’ duel on Tuesday afternoon.

The Patriots, who hosted but were the visiting team on the scoreboard due to the field at Grace Christian being unplayable, managed just two hits off Warriors starter Grayson Hensley.

SVCA senior Patrick McGrath turned in an equally solid performance on the mound for the Patriots, as he struck out six and allowed four hits in six innings, but an unearned run that came on a Hensley double in the bottom of the first inning was enough offense for Grace Christian.

Junior Matt Rogers had a double for SVCA, while freshman Cody Robertson had an infield single to complete the Patriots’ offensive output.

“It was a well-pitched game by both sides,” Patriots coach Bobby Wheelock said. “We’ve been struggling hitting, but I wouldn’t say it was a problem hitting so much as it was just good pitching.”

Highland School 15, R-MA 0 (5 innings)

FRONT ROYAL — Highland School sophomore pitcher Shane Buss hurled a five-inning no-hitter as the visiting Hawks topped Randolph-Macon Academy 15-0 on Tuesday.

Highland erupted for eight runs in the top of the fifth, then closed out the win via the 10-run mercy rule.

R-MA dropped to 1-2 with the loss.

Boys lacrosse

R-MA 12, Tandem Friends 3

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Visiting Randolph-Macon Academy picked up a 12-3 victory over Tandem Friends School in boys lacrosse action Tuesday.

Jake Branham had four goals to lead the Yellow Jackets. Brook Blair added three goals and three assists and Peter Blair chipped in a goal and two assists as R-MA dominated possession. The Yellow Jackets’ Ben Gillis and Nick Zavala won all 17 faceoffs against the Badgers.

R-MA midfielder Slayton Speer added three goals and Garrett Cavanaugh had a goal and a pair of assists.

That was more than enough offense for R-MA’s Austin Lee-led defense, which also got a solid effort from senior goalkeeper Oumar Muhtar in the win.


GORDONSVILLE — Randolph-Macon Academy’s golf team finished third in a three-team match on Tuesday at Spring Creek Golf Club.

Host Tandem Friends won, followed by Wakefield School. The Yellow Jackets were just one shot behind the Owls after combining for a 222.

Scoring for R-MA were Bill Choi (46), Tommy Yu (56), James Christoph (57) and Joseph Silek (63).