Skyline softball facing tough schedule this week

Skyline's Tamara Grayson fires a pitch during a game against Warren County earlier this season. s this week, coming off a dramatic win over Warren County. Rich Cooley/Daily file

Skyline softball is coming off a dramatic walk-off victory over Warren County, but things won’t get any easier for the Hawks this week.

Skyline has two tough games to start its week. The Hawks play at Hedgesville at 5 p.m. today, and then host Culpeper County at 6 p.m. Wednesday.  The Culpeper game is a Conference 28 contest.

“You can’t overlook anybody. Anybody can beat anybody any given day,” Skyline coach John Ritter said. “Hedgesville, they’re not a bad team. Culpeper is supposed to be pretty decent. They got a good pitcher. If you got good pitching and you can get girls to off of it it’s a good thing.”

Ritter said he likes where his team is at, but he knows there’s still room for improvement.

“I still don’t think we’ve peaked yet. I’m hoping in the next couple games we get there,” Ritter said.

Sherando will be playing Handley in every sport today. The baseball game is at Handley at 6 p.m. and the girls tennis match and girls soccer games are at Handley at 4:30 p.m. The Warriors beat the Judges in girls tennis, 5-4, earlier this season and will be going for a rare sweep of the Group 4A powerhouse.

The Warriors will hosts the Judges in boys tennis (4:30 p.m.), softball (6 p.m.) and boys soccer (7 p.m.).

Warren County will host James Monroe in girls tennis in a big Conference 28 battle at 4:30 p.m. today. The Yellow Jackets ended Warren County’s season last year in a Region 3A East contest.

Strasburg will take on Bull Run District and Conference 35 rival Clarke County on Tuesday in all sports. The Rams will play at Clarke County in baseball (5 p.m.), softball (5 p.m.) and girls soccer (7 p.m.). The Rams will host the Eagles in boys soccer at 7 p.m. and will try to avenge a 1-0 loss earlier this season.

Central will host William Monroe in a Bull Run District softball clash Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Falcons beat the Dragons, 5-2, earlier this season.

“The last time we played them that game sticks in my head, because everything just came together for us,” Central coach Lisa Rhodes said. “It’s a reference point for me this season. It was just such a great game on our end, and so I’m hoping we can bring that same intensity again.

Central’s boys soccer team will travel to William Monroe on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game. The Falcons won, 2-0, over the Dragons at home this season.

Skyline’s baseball team will host Culpeper County on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in a key Conference 28 contest.

Things won’t get easier for Skyline’s baseball team on Thursday as it hosts first-place Millbrook in a Northwestern District contest at 6 p.m.

Warren County will play at William Monroe in both baseball and softball on Thursday. Both games could have a big impact on the Conference 28 playoffs. Both games start at 7 p.m. The Wildcats are 9-2 on the season, but suffered a loss to the Dragons earlier this season. Warren County coach Michael Minch said he likes the way his team has played during their current four-game winning streak.

“We’re trying to get better and improve every game,” Minch said.

Strasburg’s baseball team will host George Mason at 7 p.m. Friday in a key Bull Run District and Conference 35 game. The Rams defeated the Mustangs, 5-0, in the teams’ first meeting.

Stonewall Jackson’s girls soccer team will look to avenge their only Shenandoah District loss at 7 p.m.  Friday when they host Stuarts Draft. The Cougars beat the Generals, who have won five games in a row, 4-1 earlier this season.

Shenandoah University will play in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament, beginning on Thursday in Lynchburg.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com