District, conference play in full swing this week

Josh Pritchett fires a pitch against Stonewall Jackson on Wednesday at First Bank Park in Strasburg. The Rams host George Mason on Tuesday in a Conference 35 game. Rich Cooley/Daily

District and conference play will be in full swing this week for all spring sports.

There are some key district and conference match-ups early in the season.

Strasburg baseball will be hosting George Mason on Tuesday. The two programs are typically near the top of the Bull Run District standings. More importantly, the game is a Conference 35 match-up.

“We just got to go out there and play baseball,” Strasburg senior Josh Pritchett said of the match-up. “Don’t make errors and then whatever happens, happens.”

Strasburg also plays at Warren County on Friday in a Bull Run District encounter.

Sherando’s baseball team has had a jump on all of the other baseball teams this season. The Warriors have already played eight games and play four more this week, including two Conference 21 West games against Harrisonburg (today) and Woodgrove (Friday).

“I think it’s going to be a very tough conference,” Sherando coach Pepper Martin said. “I think getting a little bit better every week and getting (eight) non-conference games under our belt and giving players a little bit of confidence helps. They really believe in themselves and they’re really jelling well. Team chemistry on this team is very good.”

Skyline’s baseball team has two big Conference 28 match-ups this week as well. Skyline hosts Brentsville at 7 p.m. today and then plays Warren County on Thursday at Bing Crosby Stadium. Warren County beat Skyline, 12-0 last week. Warren County also plays at William Monroe on Tuesday in a Conference 28 contest.

Central has a key Conference 35 game at Clarke County on Friday. Stonewall Jackson plays two Shenandoah District games this week at Stuarts Draft (Tuesday) and home against Wilson Memorial (Friday).

Softball

Skyline hosts Brentsville today in Conference 28 action. The two teams were the top two teams in the conference last year. The Hawks also play at Warren County on Thursday. Skyline beat Warren County, 6-0, last week.

Warren County also plays at William Monroe on Tuesday in what could be a key Conference 28 contest.

Two Shenandoah County rivals will meet on Wednesday as Strasburg hosts Stonewall Jackson in a doubleheader. The first game starts at 5 p.m.

Central plays at Bull Run District and Conference 35 rival Clarke County at 5 p.m. Friday. The Falcons, the Group 2A state runner-ups, and the Eagles are usually battling for one of the top spots in the district and conference.

Sherando has a tough Conference 21 West contest on Friday at Group 4A powerhouse Woodgrove.

Soccer

Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy’s girls soccer team has a non-conference contest at Handley at 5 p.m. today. The Patriots defeated James Wood 4-2 and tied 2-2 with Sherando earlier this season.

Skyline beat Warren County in both boys and girls soccer last week, and the teams meet again on Thursday. Skyline’s girls host Warren County, while Warren County’s boys host Skyline. Both games start at 7 p.m.

Central takes on Clarke County in both boys and girls soccer Friday. Central’s boys hosts Clarke County, while Central’s girls travel to Clarke County. Last year the teams split Conference 35 tournament semifinal games with each other. Central’s boys knocked off Clarke County to advance to regionals, while Central’s girls team came up just short of a regional berth.

Strasburg’s boys soccer team hosts Warren County on Friday, while the girls team plays at Warren County in Bull District match-ups.

Tennis

Stonewall Jackson’s girls team will look to keep its strong 3-1 start to the season going this week. The Generals play at Wilson Memorial on Wednesday, and then face off with Shenandoah District and Conference 44 rival Riverheads on Thursday on the road. The Generals finished second in the conference last year behind Riverheads.

Sherando’s girls team has two key match-ups this week. The Warriors host Conference 21 West foe Woodgrove on Tuesday, and then host North Hagerstown on Wednesday. The Warriors, a Group 4A state semifinalist last year, beat North Hagerstown, 4-1, earlier this season.

Crosstown rivals Warren County and Skyline meet for the second time in two weeks on Thursday. Warren County won the girls match, 7-2, last week, while Skyline won the boys match 7-2.

Conference 35 rivals Central and Clarke County play for the first time this season on Wednesday. Central’s boys host Clarke County, while Clarke County hosts Central in girls. Both matches start at 4:30 p.m.

Track

The big meet of the week is the Handley Invitational on Saturday. Warren County, Skyline and Sherando will all participate. The meet starts at 9 a.m.

Central and Stonewall Jackson will also compete in a meet at Page County. The meet starts at 10 a.m.

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

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