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Tuesday, Jun. 3 | By Jeff Malmgren
Kettle Run's Emily Brummett assisted the game-winning goal in overtime Monday against Loudoun Valley after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime Friday against Culpeper. --Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
The Kettle Run girls have played more playoff soccer this season than ever before.

Consecutive victories in overtime have kept the clock running.

They've also taken a toll on a Elizabeth Martin's sanity.

"I told them they can't do this to me again," the Kettle Run coach said after her Cougars beat Loudoun Valley, 3-2, in sudden death Monday during the quarterfinals of the Class 3A East Region tournament in Nokesville. "It was nerve-racking for all of us coaches."

The Cougars (11-5-2) also beat Culpeper, 3-2, in overtime at home Friday during the final of the Conference 27 tournament.

Next they'll try to defeat Warhill in the region semifinals Wednesday on a neutral field at King George High with a 3A state berth on the line. Kettle Run has never won a region semifinal game or qualified for state.

"They're really pushing to set a record for the program," Martin said.

Erika Blevins and Emily Brummett gave Kettle Run the opportunity to do so by hooking up for the decisive goal Monday.

Lauren Schlenker initiated the pivotal play with a throw-in as about two minutes remained in the second overtime period. Taylor Decker then headed the ball to Brummett, who struck it nicely on the ground across the goal face. Blevins touched it into the goal to end the match.

"She said [the ball] was going to go in anyway, but she wanted to be sure," Martin said of Blevins.

Kettle Run has now won four consecutive playoff games after winning only one of its final four regular season matches and entering the conference tournament as only the No. 3 seed.

"We've fought our way back," Martin said. "The motivation is there. We have seven seniors. We've treated every game like it's our last."

Kettle Run baseball 3, William Monroe 2

If nothing else, they're entertaining.

For the second time in three days, the Kettle Run Cougars rallied from a deficit to win a playoff baseball game.

They scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday to beat William Monroe, 3-2, at home in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A East Region tournament. That happened after Kettle Run won the Conference 27 championship Saturday by coming from behind to beat Culpeper, 8-4, in the tournament final. Plus, the Cougars slipped by Brentsville, 1-0, in the conference semifinals Friday.

"They've had their backs against the wall a lot this year, and they could just roll over, but they haven't," Kettle Run coach Ty Thorpe said. "They have that fire. … They believe in each other."

By beating Monroe, the Cougars (16-5) won a region quarterfinal game for the third time in five seasons. Next they'll try to win a region semifinal game for the first time when they play Poquoson at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on a neutral field at Spotsylvania High.

Kettle Run fell behind Monroe, 2-0, in the fourth inning Monday, but Austin Goins later led off the bottom of the seventh inning for the Cougars with a single. Jason Alvarez followed with a one-out single and then Rollin Buffington tied the game with a two-RBI single.

An infield single by Hayden Lilek moved Buffington to third base and then Justin Vaclavicek hit a long fly ball to right field. Likely deep enough to be a sacrifice fly, the ball instead bounced off the glove of a Monroe outfielder, allowing Buffington to score easily and clinch the win.

Kettle Run softball 9, Loudoun Valley 7

The Kettle Run Cougars overcame a one-run deficit to beat Loudoun Valley, 9-7, Monday during the quarterfinals of the Class 3A East Region softball tournament.

Kettle Run improved to 17-3 and will next play Park View-South Hill in the region semifinals Wednesday on a neutral field at Spotsylvania High.

Against Loudoun Valley, Kettle Run took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning, which the Cougars entered with a 3-2 deficit. Kaitlin Munda and Jasmine Webster singled with one out before Stuart drew a walk to load the bases. Shelby Stegmaier then smashed a triple into right-center just out of the reach of a fielder's glove. The three-run hit put the Cougars ahead, 5-2, and Stegmaier then scored on an error.

However, a pair of singles, a fielder's choice and an overthrow from the outfield to the plate gave the Vikings two runs and cut their deficit to 6-5, raising some nerves in the Cougars' dugout.

"This is under pressure," Kettle Run coach Tori Hill said. "It gives me a heart attack."

Kettle Run immediately retaliated, however, with a three-run sixth inning. Singles by Olivia Murray and Kendall Penn preceded Munda's double to deep center field. Munda later scored on a wild pitch to give Kettle Run a 9-5 lead.

Three seventh-inning singles and a walk led to a pair of Loudoun Valley runs before Munda (six earned runs on 10 hits and one walk) slammed the gate. She registered her seventh strikeout of the game for the final out.

"I'm so proud of my girls," Hill said. "That was a really, really good team we played."

Stuart finished with two runs, a double and an RBI on 2-for-2 hitting. Going 2-for-3 were Murray (double, one run) and Webster (two runs). Going 2-for-4 were Munda (two RBI, two runs, double) and Stegmaier (four RBIs, one run).

Fauquier softball 3, Loudoun County 0

The Fauquier Falcons are one win away from qualifying for the Class 4A state softball tournament.

They beat Loudoun County, 3-0, Monday during the quarterfinals of the 4A North Region tournament to advance to the semifinals, in which they will play Bassett Wednesday with a state bid on the line.

Fauquier starting pitcher Tess Miller threw a three-hit shut out against Loudoun County, walking three and striking out seven over seven innings. She got out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the first inning to end the Raiders' best threat.

The Falcons then scored their three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. With the bases loaded, Ashtyn Foddrell hit an RBI infield single on a check swing, scoring Lauren Sweeney (walk), Leann Brown (infield single) and Jesse Goodwin (bunt single). The latter two runners scored because of a throwing error on Foddrell's single.

Brown went 2-for-3 while Rachel Taylor went 1-for-2 with a stolen base. Going 1-for-3 were Foddrell, Goodwin and Apryl Nalls (double).

Loudoun County starting pitcher Delany Turner took the loss after allowing one earned run on six hits and three walks. She struck out seven over six innings.

Kettle Run boys soccer 4, John Champe 0

Kettle Run’s boys soccer team beat John Champe, 4-0, Monday during the Class 3A East Region tournament quarterfinals in Nokesville.

With the win, the Cougars advanced to play Lafayette in the region semifinals Wednesday on a neutral field at King George High.

Against Champe (8-12), the Cougars (15-1) kept possession for almost the entire first half and allowed the Knights only one shot at goal. A Danny Mattson header off a cross gave Kettle Run a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute, but the Cougars didn't capitalize again until the end of the first half despite numerous shots on net.

“They came out with unbelievable intensity,” Kettle Run coach Phil Roper said. “We had the ball for so long it almost became a bad thing because we had passed ourselves into a lull for a while."

Eventually, Szklennik received a cross from Kevin Coleman and buried it into the left panel of the goal with only 37 seconds remaining in the first half to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead.

Two minutes into the second half, Szklennik scored his team-leading 25th goal of the season to give Kettle Run a 3-0 lead. Then Mattson made a 65-yard shot to close the scoring.

The Knights, meanwhile, attempted very few shots. Kettle Run goalie Jacob Brown logged his 10th shut out of the season.
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