Kaitlin Munda and Tess Miller combined for a 13-hitter.
That’s only notable because those opposing softball pitchers had been so incredibly dominant leading up to the meeting between them Tuesday – a showdown of Munda’s Kettle Run Cougars and Miller’s Fauquier Falcons. Oddly, offense prevailed in the clash of premier pitchers with Kettle Run edging Fauquier, 4-3, at home in Nokesville.
Both Miller and Munda entered the game having pitched a no-hitter on Friday. In fact, Munda had thrown a no-hitter on consecutive nights, while Miller had won four consecutive games without allowing a run – neither earned nor unearned.
Kettle Run batters Shelby Stegmaier, Debbie Stewart and Munda helped put an end to Miller’s extraordinary four-game shutout Tuesday as they combined for seven of the Cougars’ eight hits.
With the score tied, 3-3, in the bottom of the seventh inning, Stewart scored the winning run for Kettle Run on a two-out RBI-single by Forrest Poland.
With its four runs on the night, Kettle Run became the first team to score against the Falcons this season. The Cougars also improved their record to 4-2.
Fauquier, meanwhile, suffered its first loss, dropping its record to 4-1 despite outscoring opponents 41-4 this season. Miller took the rare loss by allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out five over 6 2/3 innings. The Falcons uncharacteristically committed six errors.
Munda got the win by allowing five hits, two walks and two hit-batters while striking out seven over seven innings.
Fauquier ended Munda’s no-hit stretch early Tuesday when Ashtyn Foddrell hit a triple in the top of the first inning to score pinch-runner Marlee Ott. Munda responded in the bottom of the first with a triple, and then she scored when Stewart reached base on an error.
The Falcons regained the lead, 2-1, in the top of the second inning when Jessie Goodwin scored on a bases-loaded walk induced by Leann Brown.
Kettle Run, however, responded in the third inning with a pair of runs. Munda hit a double and scored on an error. Then Stewart singled and scored on a Stegmaier single.
Fauquier’s Lauren Sweeney began the sixth inning with a single and then scored on a wild pitch to tie the score, 3-3, but that only set up Poland’s heroics in the bottom of the seventh.
Poland finished 1-for-4, while Munda went 3-for-4 with two runs, a triple and a double. Stegmaier went 2-for-3 with an RBI while Stewart went 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a double.
For Fauquier, Foddrell went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a triple, while Brown, Goodwin and Sweeney went 1-for-3.
Highland baseball 15, Randolph-Macon 0
The Highland Hawks remain unbeaten after getting their first shutout of the baseball season Tuesday with a 15-0 win in five innings via mercy rule over Randolph-Macon on the road in Front Royal.
Sophomore pitcher Shane Buss got the victory with a near-perfect game. Buss allowed no hits and one walk while striking out nine over five innings to help the Hawks – ranked No. 7 in the latest VISAA Division II poll – improve to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Delaney Athletic Conference.
Offensively, Highland accumulated a season-high 15 hits with Evan Finley and Matt Kelly providing three each. Plus, Mark Terrell had four RBIs, two doubles and a run on 2-for-4 hitting, while J.P. Graham went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, three runs and a double.
Kettle Run boys soccer 1, Fauquier 0
Call it a quality loss.
The Fauquier Falcons lost, 1-0, Tuesday on the road in Nokesville, but they stifled an explosive Kettle Run Cougars offense. Kettle Run (5-1) entered the match having outscored opponents, 25-3, but managed only one goal against the Falcons.
“We stymied their high-flying talent,” Fauquier coach Bruce Kane said. “Zach Allen was huge in goal.”
Kane said the Falcons kept Kettle Run’s most prolific scorer, forward Evan Szkelennik, from taking a shot on goal.
The Cougars’ one-goal allowance was a drastic improvement after they had allowed 4.3 goals per game over their previous three contests.
“Malik Lowe and Luke Dodds were joined by Gideon Nigh and Matt Page in a new backfield configuration that should prove to be shutdown capable,” Kane said. “We put together a lineup that we feel will serve us well for the remainder of the season.”
Fauquier girls soccer 1, Kettle Run 0
The Fauquier Falcons broke a three-match losing streak Tuesday with a 1-0 victory over the Kettle Run girls soccer team at home in Warrenton.
Megan Enos scored the winning goal for Fauquier (2-3) in the first five minutes. Kettle Run (2-3-1) finished with twice as many shots as the Falcons, but failed to score.
Highland softball 17, Randolph Macon 0
The Highland Hawks dominated another Delaney Athletic Conference softball game Tuesday.
Highland beat Randolph Macon, 17-0, on the road in Front Royal to improve its record to 4-0 overall and in the DAC.
Eighth grade pitcher Jordanna Short threw a no-hitter and allowed only one base runner on a walk while striking out 11.
Offensively, Ali Granato went 4-for-4, Hailey Place went 3-for-3 and Jessica Simpson and Shelby Thornhill each went 2-for-3.
Foxcroft girls lacrosse 19, Highland 9
The Highland Hawks suffered their first loss of the girls lacrosse season Tuesday, falling to Foxcroft, 19-9, on the road in Middleburg.
The Hawks’ record dropped to 2-1 (1-1 Delaney Athletic Conference) despite three goals each from Sophia Sirianni and Jessica Crew. Carley Eldredge, Mackenzie Walker and Olivia Bell added one goal apiece.
Eldredge and Sirianni added one assist each.
Highland girls soccer 4, Trinity at Meadow View 1
Freshman Savarna Pahari scored a pair of goals Tuesday to lead the Highland Hawks over the Trinity at Meadow View girls lacrosse team, 4-1, at home in Warrenton.
Michele Micciche and Annie Pendleton added one goal each to help the Hawks with their third consecutive game and improve to 3-2.
“In the second half, the 50/50s started to go our way,” Highland coach Reynolds Oare said. “We just got hungrier in the attack and despite some dangerous players on the other side of the field, our backs held strong and we had tremendous keeper play from junior Tanya Bopp.”
Annie Pendleton, Bailey Babcox and Stephanie Hoerner each had one assist.
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