Strasburg baseball faces two key district contests this week

Strasburg's Adam Miller fires a pitch during first inning action against Page County on March 16 at First Bank Park. The Rams have two key Bull Run District contests this week against George Mason and Warren County. Rich Cooley/Daily file

Strasburg's Adam Miller fires a pitch during first inning action against Page County on March 16 at First Bank Park. The Rams have two key Bull Run District contests this week against George Mason and Warren County. Rich Cooley/Daily file

Strasburg’s baseball team has won four games in a row, and that win streak will be put to the test this week against two tough Bull Run District foes.

The Rams (4-2) will be at district rival George Mason at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The two teams have had some tough battles over the years in the district.

“Typically, as you know, it’s a solid program. They’re well coached,” Strasburg coach Jeff Smoot said. “…I do know they return some kids from last year’s team. You know that when you play them that most of the time you will have to win. They typically will not beat themselves.”

Strasburg ends the week playing at Warren County. The Wildcats are off to a 4-0 start to the season, including a 7-1 victory over George Mason last week.

Warren County baseball and softball will host James Wood at 6 p.m. today.

In softball, the Wildcats beat the Colonels 6-2 earlier this season. James Wood was expected to be one of the top teams in the Northwestern District this season.

The Wildcats suffered a tough 10-2 loss to rival Skyline on Wednesday. Warren County coach Justin Stock said that he hoped that defeat would be a good wake-up call for his team.

“I told them (after Wednesday’s loss) a couple years ago we got our clock cleaned by Kettle Run. We were down, we had lost like six in a row. We went on a seven-game run just to make the playoffs and really turned it around,” Stock said. “That whopping kind of got us focused, and where we wanted to be. So hopefully we learn from (the Skyline loss) and move from there.”

Sherando and Skyline play in boys and girls tennisat 4:30 p.m. today. Sherando is home for the girls match and Skyline is home for the boys.

Strasburg’s boys soccer team is off to a 2-1 start this season, and members face a tough test on Tuesday. The Rams face Group 2A powerhouse George Mason at home at 7 p.m.

Warren County baseball and softball will also be hosting William Monroe at 7 p.m. Tuesday in what could be a key Conference 28 and Bull Run District game for each team.

The girls soccer team also has a big district and conference home game against William Monroe at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Wildcats are coming off a 3-3 tie with Group 2A powerhouse George Mason last week. Warren County coach Mike Carpenter said a big key was the play of defenders Kaley Foulks, Katelyn Thompson, Katie Coffron and Rachel Liebl.

“Our back line played phenomenal defense,” Carpenter said of the win. “The defense played very well together to stop their fast offense.”

Sherando and Skyline face off at 7 p.m. Wednesday in boys and girls soccer. Sherando will host the girls game, and Skyline
will host the boys game.

Stonewall Jackson plays at Wilson Memorial in baseball, boys soccer and softball on Friday for key Shenandoah District games. Baseball and softball start at 5:30, while the boys soccer starts at 7 p.m. The Generals host Wilson Memorial in girls soccer at 7 p.m.

Warren County and Strasburg will also be playing in everything on Friday in some key Bull Run District contests. The Rams will host the Wildcats in baseball, softball and girls soccer. Warren County hosts Strasburg in boys soccer. All game times are 7 p.m.

Clarke County and Central will also be playing in all sports, except tennis, on Friday. Not only are the contests Bull Run District affairs, but they also could have big implications in Conference 35. The Falcons host the Eagles in baseball, softball and girls soccer, with all start times at 7 p.m. Clarke County will host Central in boys soccer at 7 p.m.

Skyline, Warren County and Sherando will all participate in the Handley Track and Field Invitational starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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

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