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April 24 Fauquier County high school sports roundup

Sunday, Apr. 26 | By Jeff Malmgren
Chandler Kezele went 2-for-4 with two RBIs at the plate and had five strikeouts as Fauquier's winning pitcher Friday during a 5-2 win over Courtland. --Fauquier Times Staff File Photo/Randy Litzinger
Despite 14 saves by Dori Redabaugh, the Wakefield Owls lost to the Foxcroft girls lacrosse team, 18-3, Friday at home in The Plains.

Danielle Russell had two goals for the Owls, whose record fell to 4-7 (1-5 Delaney Athletic Conference). Shelby Sipes added two assists and one goal.

Seton baseball 6, Highland 3

The Highland Hawks suffered their first loss in Delaney Athletic Conference play Friday, falling to Seton, 6-3, at home in Warrenton.

Seton scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 4-3 lead en route to a victory that dropped the Hawks' conference record to 3-1 (6-8 overall).

Highland scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-2 lead, but then went scoreless over the final six innings. Mark Terrell went 2-for-4 with an RBI-single and a run. Going 2-for-3 were Eddie Duffy (RBI-single) and Todd Dearborn.

Starting pitcher Tyler Zimmerman took the loss after allowing four runs (two unearned in the first inning) on seven hits and a walk while striking out three over five innings.

Wakefield boys tennis 7, Chelsea Academy 0

With their fourth sweep of the boys tennis season, the Wakefield Owls beat Chelsea Academy, 7-0, Friday at home in The Plains.

No. 1 singles player Will Driskill got his ninth win of the season by beating Chris Bergida. He won 8-0, as did No. 2 Gabe Himelfarb (over Peyean Tang), No. 3 Harwood Wolfson (over John Paul Janaro) and No. 4. Henry Ohrstrom (over Matthew McShurley). No. 5 Connor Mulvey beat Patrick Benyo, 8-1.

In doubles play, the No. 1 team of Mackie Rich and Peter Ohrstrom defeated Declan O'Donnell and Bergida, 8-3, while the No. 2 team of Matthew Reid and Juan Lizarraga beat Harry Xue and Tang, 8-4.

With the win, Wakefield improved its record to 7-3 (4-3 Delaney Athletic Conference).

Fauquier baseball 5, Courtland 2

The Fauquier Falcons strengthened their lead in the Conference 22 baseball standings by beating Courtland, 5-2, Friday on the road in Spotsylvania.

Ty Pavlock scored the winning run with a solo home run to left field in the top of sixth inning, improving Fauquier's conference record to 5-0 (10-1 overall).

The Falcons fell behind, 1-0, in the bottom of the third inning after six of their first nine at bats ended in a strikeout.

"Poor at bats for the first three innings and base running miscues late conspired to keep the game close," Fauquier coach Matt O'Saben said.

The Falcons stranded seven runners, but they finished the game with 10 hits. Four were doubles.

Fauquier tied the score, 2-2, in the top of the fifth inning when Brandon Cross hit a leadoff single and scored on a Gavin Cranford fielder’s choice. Cross finished with a double on 2-for-3 hitting, while Chandler Kezele went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Ryan Simpson went 2-for-4 with one RBI, one double and one run, and Blaze O’Saben went 1-for-2 with one run.

Kezele also got the win as Fauquier’s starting pitcher. He allowed two runs on four hits while striking out five over six innings. Simpson struck out one in the seventh inning for the save.

Courtland’s Brandon Haynes took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out seven over six innings.

Highland softball 5, Seton 0

Coming off their first loss of the softball season, the Highland Hawks defeated Seton, 12-2, Friday on the road.

Winning pitcher Jordanna Shorts struck out 11 and allowed only two hits, helping the Hawks improve to 5-0 in the Delaney Athletic Conference and 9-1 overall. They won despite playing without three typical starters, Highland coach Jerry Williams said.

“Everybody was playing positions that they hadn't played before,” he said. “I was so very proud of the way the girls stepped up in the situation.”

Offensively, Shorts went 3-for-3 with two doubles, and Hailey Place went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run.

“Hailey’s power is finally starting to come out and Anika Metcalf is starting to be a regular [on the] bases, leading the way for the offense, Williams said.

Highland, ranked No. 4 in VISAA Division II, lost its previous game, 15-0, April 17 to defending VHSL Class 4A state champion Woodgrove.

“Woodgrove is the best team I have seen in a long time,” Williams said. “They can hit from top to bottom I have lots of respect for them. … I am so very proud of my girls [because] they never gave up and kept fighting.”

Highland boys tennis 7, Seton 0

The Highland Hawks won their seventh consecutive boys tennis match Friday, beating Seton, 7-0, at home in Warrenton to improve their Delaney Athletic Conference record to 8-0.

The Hawks are 10-1 overall.

In singles play, Highland No. 1 Rich Gerhardt won 8-3, while No. 2 Ward Van de Water won 8-1, No. 3 Hampton Massie won 8-0, No. 4 Jacob Geber won 8-2 and No. 5 John Deal won 8-6.

In doubles play, the No. 1 team of Gerhardt and Massie won 8-5, while the No. 2 team of Van de Water and Deal won 8-6.

Highland girls soccer 5, Seton 2

With a 5-2 win over the Seton girls soccer team, the Highland Hawks won their eighth consecutive match, continued their undefeated season and clinched the Delaney Athletic Conference regular season championship.

Highland, ranked No. 1 in VISAA Division II, improved its record to 9-0-1 overall and 6-0 in the DAC. Carolyn Treuting led the Hawks with three goals while Annie Pendleton and Stefanie Hoerner had two assists each. Adding one goal each were Ashton Eicher and Pendleton.

Seton actually took an early 1-0 lead by capitalizing on a Highland turnover in the Conquistadors’ offensive end. The Hawks, however tied the score with about 15 minutes remaining before halftime and then scored four more goals in the final 20 minutes of the second half.

“Fortunately, we increased the intensity, and got back to our possession game,” Highland coach Reynolds Oare said. “I was proud of the effort to come back and eventually earn the convincing win, but we also realize that we have to start better.”
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