BERRYVILLE -- If you hit a granny in a social setting it's a gross transgression. But hitting a "granny" in baseball is the supreme batting accomplishment, as it's the nickname for a grand slam home run -- four RBIs with a single swat of the bat.
STRASBURG -- Homestanding Strasburg tries not to remember its game against George Mason earlier this season. The Rams, in the midst of a three-game stretch on the road, fell behind early on and couldn't escape defeat at the hands of the Mustangs.
STRASBURG -- Zach Cover will tell you he's not an overpowering pitcher. He'll say his pitches aren't really designed to leave a hitter off balance after an at-bat, and that all he tries to do is throw strikes and let his defense get all of the glory.
STRASBURG -- Despite the fact that they're not playing in the same district, a Strasburg-Central game is always something special for both teams, and Wednesday's girls softball matchup was no exception.
WOODSTOCK -- Strasburg starting pitcher Zach Cover pitched a brilliant two-hitter and the Rams' bats produced 11 hits to propel Strasburg to a decisive 12-1 victory on Thursday over Central in five innings.
STRASBURG -- Stonewall Jackson senior Patrick Bain walked off the pitch with a strip of black tape wrapped around his injured hand. Generals senior Dylan Dawson walked back from the Strasburg bench, where the first aid kit lay, with a fresh bag of ice packaging his dislocated shoulder.
HARRISONBURG -- In 10 seconds, a smile and a laugh melted into a wail and a tear. Strasburg senior Jaclyn Ayers, beaming only seconds before tipoff, gathered her umpteenth steal of the season on George Mason's first possession of the Region B, Division 2 semifinals. Ayers shuttled toward the Strasburg basket; she launched for what should have been the kind of transition layup she's built a career out of.