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April 29-30 Fauquier County high school sports roundup

Sunday, May. 1 | By Jeff Malmgren
Timmy Stephan helped the Highland Hawks sweep a doubleheader Saturday against Christchurch. --Courtesy photo
Will Merriken threw a two-hit, complete-game shutout to help the Kettle Run Cougars beat the James River baseball team, 3-0, on the road in Midlothian.

Kettle Run improved its record to 13-1 (5-0 Conference 22) with its junior pitcher striking out two while walking two over seven innings. The Cougars also extended their winning streak to 11 games.

Korey Singh (double) and Skylar Patry logged James River's only two hits, going 1-for-3 each, while Kettle Run's Max Lilek had the game-winning RBI in the top of the third inning. Lilek's single scored Sam Torpy and then Brenton Doyle hit an RBI single that scored Tyler Bianco for a 2-0 lead.

Doyle went 2-for-4 with one run and two stolen bases while Lilek and Tyler Shaffer went 1-for-2. Going 1-for-3 were Sam Ewald (double, RBI), Bianco and Merriken.

James River starting pitcher Skylar Petry took the loss after allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings.

Highland baseball 10, Christchurch 0
Highland 2, Christchurch 0

With a pair of shutout performances from starting pitchers Timmy Stephan and Danny Singleton, the Highland Hawks swept a doubleheader against the Christchurch baseball team Saturday on the road.

The Hawks defeated Christchurch, 10-0, after winning Game One, 2-0. Those victories gave them a six-game winning streak and a 19-3 record (7-0 Delaney Athletic Conference).

“This is always a tough trip down here,” Highland coach Micah Higgins said of the 120-mile trip, “so I was proud of my boys' focus and overall performance."

Stephan (5-1) won Game One by allowing one hit and seven walks while striking out four over six innings, and Singleton (5-0) won the second game by allowing two hits while striking out six over five innings.

"Danny threw the ball well,” Higgins said of Game Two, “and we barreled some balls up.”

The Hawks took the lead in the top of the second inning on a two-run single by Mark Terrell. Stephan and Jacob Zoller each added an RBI single in the third inning to help give Highland a 5-0 lead.

Stephan finished with three RBIs, two runs, two doubles and a stolen base on 5-for-5 hitting, while Josh Pittman went 3-for-5 with three runs, an RBI and a double. Zoller added a run on 3-for-4 hitting, while Shane Buss went 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a run.

Pittman also preserved the shutout as a relief pitcher by striking out four while allowing one hit over two innings. Buss earned the Game One save by striking out three in the seventh inning.

Christchurch starting pitcher Dorian Kemp took the loss despite shutting out the Hawks over the first five innings. Highland scored the winning runs in the top of the sixth inning on a throwing error and an RBI single by Mark Terrell.

"We grinded out a well-played baseball game by both teams,” Higgins said. “Kemp is a very polished pitcher and kept us in check throughout the whole game. Our pitching and gloves won this one for us."

Pittman finished with a run and stolen base on 2-for-3 hitting. Going 1-for-3 were Zoller (double, run) and Buss (double).

Previously, Friday, Highland beat Grace Christian, 14-1, at home in Warrenton despite falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning. The Hawks took the lead with three runs in the bottom of that inning and then scored 11 in the second.

Going 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs each were Singleton (triple) and Zoller (double), while Terrell went 2-for-2 with one RBI and one run. Todd Dearborn added two runs and one RBI on 1-for-2 hitting, while Noah Lerman had three runs.

Staring pitcher Luke Burner (1-0) got the win by allowing one run on three hits while striking out two over three innings.
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