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April 11 Fauquier County high school sports roundup

Saturday, Apr. 12 | By Jeff Malmgren
The Kettle Run girls soccer team beat Culpeper, 2-1, Friday. --Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
The Wakefield Owls rebounded from their first loss of the boys tennis season with a 7-0 win Friday over Chelsea Academy on the road in Front Royal.

The Owls won 56 of 58 games in the match en route to improving their record to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Delaney Athletic Conference.

Winning singles matches, 8-0, were No. 1 Will Driskill over Karl Foeckler, No. 2 Gabe Himelfarb over Chris Bergida, No. 4 Connor Mulvey over Patrick Benyo and No. 5 Henry Ohrstrom over John Paul Janaro. No. 3 Harwood Wolfson beat Declan O'Donnell, 8-2.

In doubles play, the No. 1 team of Driskill and Anthony Del Rosso defeated Phil and Matthew McShurley, 8-0, while the No. 2 team of Mulvey and Cameron Abeel beat Isaac Buono and Nick Blicharz, 8-0.

Kettle Run baseball 2, Culpeper 0

Starting pitcher Reid Merriken threw a complete-game shutout Friday to lead the Kettle Run Cougars over the Culpeper baseball team, 2-0, on the road.

Offensively, Kettle Run had six hits with Brenton Doyle going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Hayden Lilek going 2-for-3. Bryan Reinaldo added two RBIs despite going 0-for-2.

Brentsville softball 4, Fauquier 3

The Brentsville Tigers became only the second softball team to score against the Fauquier Falcons this season.

Correspondingly, they became the second team to beat Fauquier. Brentsville defeated the Falcons, 4-3, Friday on the road in Warrenton to drop Fauquier’s record to 5-2 (2-2 Evergreen District).

The Tigers rallied from a 3-0 deficit and scored the winning run in the top of the fifth inning when Riley McCarthy hit an infield single that scored Haleigh Kilby, who reached base earlier on a single. McCarthy finished with two RBIs, a run and stolen base on 2-for-3 hitting, while Kilby went 2-for-4. Erin Jones added a run and a double on 2-for-2 hitting, while McKenzie Morrison went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

For Fauquier, Macy Matthews went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Angelle Marshall went 2-for-3. Jessie Goodwin went 1-for-3 with two runs and a double while Leann Brown went 1-for-4 with a run.

The Falcons built their 3-0 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning on a two-RBI single by Matthews that scored Brown (single) and Goodwin (walk). Brentsville responded with three runs in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single by McCarthy, a run scored on an error while trying to catch McCarthy stealing, and an RBI single by Morrison that drove in McCarthy.

Brentsville pitcher Leah Shipp got the win by striking out 12 while allowing two earned runs on seven hits over seven innings. Tess Miller took the loss after allowing two earned runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out seven over seven innings.

Kettle Run girls soccer 2, Culpeper 1

The Kettle Run Cougars remain undefeated in Conference 27 play after beating the Culpeper girls soccer team, 2-1, Friday at home in Nokesville.

The Cougars improved their record to 3-0 in the conference and 4-3-1 overall.

They took a 1-0 lead over Culpeper with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. Taylor Decker took a free kick the ricocheted out to teammate Jamie Allen, who then crossed the ball in front of the goal. Lauren Schlenker scored off the cross.

Later, with about 12 minutes remaining in the second half, Erika Blevins gave Kettle Run a 2-0 lead on a free kick from about 25 yards away.

The Blue Devils scored their lone goal during the final minute of the second half on a free kick by Kendal Barlow from about 20 yards out.

“Culpeper's speed presented a problem but [Kettle Run’s] defense was able to handle it,” Cougars coach Elizabeth Martin said.

Fauquier baseball 7, Brentsville 6

Ryan Simpson hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Fauquier Falcons over the Brentsville baseball team, 7-6, at home in Warrenton.

Simpon’s single scored Gavin Cranford, who also got the win as Fauquier’s starting pitcher. He threw a complete game and did not allow an earned run.

“A mistake-filled game,” Falcons coach Matt O'Saben said of the unearned runs.

The win was Fauquier’s third consecutive and allowed it to improve to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Evergreen District.

Offensively, six different Falcons scored and they finished with eight stolen bases. Simpson went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double.
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