The Highland Hawks continued their dominant start to the boys tennis season Thursday with a 6-1 victory over the Wakefield Owls at home in Warrenton.
The Hawks improved their record to 5-0 after previously beating Randolph Macon, 7-0, Eastern Mennonite, 6-3, Brentsville, 8-1, and Liberty, 7-0. The latest victory also gave Highland a 1-0 record in the Delaney Athletic Conference, while Wakefield’s overall record fell to 3-5.
Highland won five matches via shutout against Wakefield and allowed only eight points on the day. No. 1 singles player Adam Fenton beat the Owls’ Gabe Himelfarb 8-0, while No. 2 Rich Gerhardt beat Harwood Wolfson 8-0, No. 3 Tim Bartz beat Juan Lizarraga 8-0 and No. 4 Connor Deal beat Daniel Lizarraga 8-0. Wakefield No. 5 Bennett Wise got the Owls’ only win, 8-5, over Jonathan Finley.
In doubles play, Highland’s No. 1 team of Gerhardt and Connor Deal beat Himelfarb and Wolfson 8-0, while Finley and Jon Deal won the No. 2 match 8-3 over Juan Lizarraga and Jamie Corbin.
Against Randolph Macon, Highland won all five single matches and two doubles matches, while against Brentsville it won all six singles matches and two double matches before losing at No. 3 doubles.
Against Liberty to open the season, Fenton won the No. 1 singles match 10-0, Gerhardt won 10-2 at No. 2, Bartz won 10-0 at No. 3, Finley won 10-0 at No. 4 and James Jarvis won 10-0 at No. 5. Gerhardt and Bartz won the No. 1 doubles match 10-1, while Jon Deal and Philip VonFelitzsch won 10-0 at No. 2.
Highland baseball 11, Eastern Mennonite 4
Seniors Demitri Batistas and Andrew Williams combined for six RBI to lead the Highland Hawks over the Eastern Mennonite baseball team, 11-4, Thursday on the road in Harrisonburg.
Batistas went 4-for-4 with four RBI and two runs, while Williams hit a two-run home run and scored another run on 2-for-4 hitting. Junior Evan Finley added three runs and a stolen base on 3-for-3 hitting, while junior pitcher J.P. Graham picked up his second win of the season.
Graham allowed two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out four over five innings. Eighth grader Graeme Wright allowed two unearned runs on one hit and one walk while striking out two over the final two innings for Highland (3-2 overall, 0-1 Delaney Athletic Conference).
Highland softball 13, Eastern Mennonite 5
The Highland Hawks improved their record to 3-2 Thursday by beating the Eastern Mennonite softball team, 13-5, on the road in Harrisonburg.
Lauren Frye hit a pair of two-run home runs to lead the Highland offense. She finished with four runs and a double on 4-for-5 hitting, while pitcher Jessica Shaw got the win.
Kettle Run boys lacrosse 12, Eastern View 9
The Kettle Run Cougars improved to 2-1 in the Evergreen District with a 12-9 victory Thursday over the Eastern View boys lacrosse team on the road in Culpeper.
Eastern View took an early 5-1 lead, but the Cougars finished the first half on a 4-1 run. They eventually took the lead in the second half en route to improving their overall record to 2-4.
Freshman Tate Donaldson led Kettle Run with five goals, giving him 16 on the season, while sophomore Mario Chambers and junior Danny Capps had two goals each, Capps scoring for the first time in his career. Adding one goal each were senior Austin Rodgers (nine goals this season), sophomore Colson Jaynes and freshman Alec Sekelsky (first of his career). Donaldson and Jaynes also had one assist each.
Kettle Run previously lost to Freedom, 11-4, Tuesday and Culpeper, 10-7, Monday.
Kettle Run boys tennis 9, Brentsville 0
The Kettle Run Cougars began their Evergreen District boys tennis schedule Thursday with a 9-0 sweep of Brentsville at home in Nokesville.
“I was impressed how we played being our first district match and that we played a 10 game pro-set for the first time this year,” Cougars coach Stephen Sviatko said.
Kettle Run also improved its overall record to 5-2, rebounding from its second loss of the season Monday.
No. 1 singles player Chase Rathbone won 10-7, No. 2 Nick Meding won 10-7, No. 3 Brendan Adamec won 10-0, No. 4 Ryan Powell won 10-5, No. 5 Justin Smith won 10-7 and No. 6 Luke Schwenke won 10-7.
In doubles play, Rathbone and Adamec won 10-7 at No. 1, while Meding and Powell won 10-2 at No. 2, and K.P. Deliee and Shane Hall won 10-7 at No. 3, getting their first victory of the season.
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