Prep roundup: Patriots crush Vendeens in baseball

FRONT ROYAL — Aiden Nicholson had a big day at the plate to help lead Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy past Holy Family Catholic School, 16-6, in non-conference action at Bing Crosby Stadium. The game was called after six innings due to the mercy rule.

Nicholson went 3 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI for the Patriots against the Vendeens. Cody Robertson went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, and Minyoung Jung was 2 for 2 with two runs scored and two RBIs for the Patriots. SVCA had 12 hits in its season opener.

Girls soccer
William Monroe 7, Central 0
WOODSTOCK — It wasn’t the debut Central girls soccer coach Kim Dellinger was hoping for as the Falcons lost to a solid William Monroe squad.

The Falcons were outshot 19-3. Dellinger, in his first year as varsity head coach, said the Falcons had a few opportunities to score, but couldn’t quite break through, including have one goal called back.

“It’s a new system,” Dellinger said. “It’s just taking some time for the kids to get familiar with it.”

Central goalkeeper Vanessa Wheeler had 16 saves.

Boys soccer
William Monroe 1, Central 0
STANARDSVILLE – Central’s boys soccer team opened its season with a 1-0 loss at William Monroe in Bull Run District/Conference 28 action on Tuesday evening.

The Green Dragons (1-0) scored the game’s only goal in the 18th minute on a shot by freshman Hunter Niestrath. William Monroe out-shot the Falcons (0-1) 15-10 in the match, and Central freshman goalkeeper Dean Woodwell finished with 15 saves.

Falcons coach Ted Poor said Tuesday’s match featured two evenly matched teams, adding that the Dragons’ goal came on a “flukey” shot that deflected off the post.

“We didn’t deserve to lose that game,” Poor said.