Scott, Rams surprise Falcons

By Tommy Keeler Jr.

STRASBURG — Strasburg softball coach Suzanne Mathias has been waiting for her team to put it all together and get a win against a top-tier team in the Bull Run District all season. On Friday night Mathias got what she was looking for from her team.

The Rams knocked off Central 1-0 in Bull Run District action, snapping the Falcons’ six game winning streak.

“It’s a big win,” Mathias said. “I’m hoping this is a confidence booster. We’ve been playing strong, just coming up short because we’ve had the one bad inning, one bonehead play.”

Strasburg pitcher Carey Scott threw a complete-game four hitter, striking out six.

“Carey did a nice job,” Mathias said. “That’s the best she’s pitched this year. She struggled a little bit this year with walks, and she only had two tonight. She was in control. She kept them off balance, getting ahead in the count and then coming back and going hard at them. It’s the best game she’s pitched.”

Scott helped herself out at the plate. She went 2-for-3 and scored the game’s only run.
In the bottom of the third, Scott singled off Central starter Bekah Ansbro. Scott stole second and scored on Marissa Doman’s single.

Ansbro threw a complete-game three-hitter and struck out 11.

“It was a pitcher’s game,” Mathias said. “[It came down to] who was going to make plays if the ball was put in play.”

Each team had one error, and Strasburg has struggled with errors at times this season.

“We were focused, and they knew what to do with the ball,” Mathias said of Strasburg’s defense. “t was just nice to see. It was a good game.”

Central (11-3) had a hit each by Kessa Hawkins, Tatyana Anderson, Shennan Waldron and Morgan Davis.

Strasburg (7-8) has a tough schedule ahead, and Mathias is hoping this will be a spark for her squad.

“We’ve played teams tough,” Mathias said. “I feel good going into these last weeks against strong teams.”

Contact Assistant Sports Editor Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com