Prep roundup: Rams clinch Bull Run title, top seed in conference
BERRYVILLE — Strasburg clinched the regular season title and the top seed in both the Bull Run District tournament and the Conference 35 tournament on Tuesday. The Rams knocked off Clarke County, 17-3, in five innings in Bull Run District baseball action.
With the top seed in the Conference 35 tourney, which starts on May 25, the Rams will have a bye in the first round. One victory in the conference tournament will advance them to regionals. Strasburg assistant coach Joel Morgan said it was nice to get the top seed.
“Pitching is always on your mind, and being able to get the bye gives you a little bit of an advantage,” Morgan said. “It’s a real testament to the kids and what they have done. …The kids have had a tough road to hoe the last few weeks. …The kids were up to the challenge each day and to be able to put yourself in position to give yourself the chance to advance feels good.”
The Rams (18-0, 15-0 Bull Run) scored seven runs in the top of the second and eight in the top of third against the Eagles. Noah St. Clair went 2 for 3 with a grand slam and five RBIs, and Josh Pritchett went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and four RBIs to lead the Rams.
Strasburg’s Ryan Bowers threw four innings, allowing only four hits and striking out six. The Rams had only 10 hits in the game, but drew six walks and were hit by pitches six times.
Central 3-5, Manassas Park 1,2
WOODSTOCK — Central swept a doubleheader from the Cougars in Bull Run District action. The Falcons won the first game 3-1, and the second 5-2. Both games were five-inning contests.
Hank Hoover pitched a complete-game four hitter in the first game for Central. Hoover struck out four, and also went 2 for 2 with a triple and three RBIs. Tristan Rau also went 1 for 3 with a double and scored a run.
In the second game, Jared Rice threw a complete-game three-hitter for the Falcons. Rau and Cody Sager each went 2 for 3. Hoover went 1 for 3 with two RBIs, and Cody Polk was 2 for 3 with two RBIs for the Falcons (7-12).
Central 2, Manassas Park 1
WOODSTOCK — Elmer Lopez scored with 14:40 left in the game to give the Falcons a Bull Run District victory over the Cougars.
Franklin Hernandez scored 10 minutes into the game on an assist from Ben Truban. Manassas Park tied the game at 1-1 with 13 minutes left in the half.
Central (8-7) outshot Manassas Park 20-9. Central goalkeeper Dean Woodwell had seven saves for the Falcons.
Sherando 3, Millbrook 1
WINCHESTER – Sherando clinched the Northwestern District championship and the Conference 21 regular-season title with a road win over Millbrook Tuesday night.
Tommy Buono, Seth Wade and Andrew Wade each scored goals for the Warriors (11-2-2), while Tommy Buono, Sean Buono and Drew Berman had assists.
Senior goalkeeper Kevin Riley had five saves for Sherando.
Sherando 5, Millbrook 5, tie
STEPHENS CITY — The Warriors pulled of a big comeback to tie the Pioneers and clinch the No. 3 seed in the Conference 21 tournament.
Sherando trailed Millbrook 5-1 midway through the second half, but then went on a scoring spree in the next 10 minutes to tie the contest. Kelsey Singhas scored the Warriors’ first goal in the first half on an assist from Kathryn Robertson. Melida Berrios scored an assist from Singhas, then Megan Triplett and Taylor Fogarty scored unassisted goals to cut the lead to 5-4. Dreaya Somerville capped off the scoring with 10 minutes left in the game.
Sherando (9-5-1, 4-2-1 Conference 21, Northwestern) outshot Millbrook, 22-8.
Stonewall Jackson 4, Riverheads 1
QUICKSBURG — LuLu Funkhouser and Emily Jordan had two goals and an assist to lead the Generals past the Gladiators in Shenandoah District action.
Funkhouser and Jordan each assisted each other on a goal in the first half. In the second half, Kelsey Kokkonen and Ally Hepner each had an assist for the Generals (5-7-1, 5-6-1 Shenandoah). Goalkeeper Reganne Brinkley had six saves for the Generals.
Strasburg 8, Clarke County 7
BERRYVILLE — Carey Scott had a solid game in the pitching circle and at the plate to lead the Rams past the Eagles in Bull Run District softball action Tuesday night.
Scott struck out two, allowed seven hits and picked up the victory. The junior also went 2 for 4 with an RBI at the plate. Emily Alexander went 2 for 3 with three RBIs for the Rams (9-9).
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