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March 15 high school sports roundup

Saturday, Mar. 16 | By Jeff Malmgren
The Highland Hawks began their 2013 baseball season Friday with a 7-4 victory over Fresta Valley Christian on the road in Marshall.

Highland rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the first inning behind the hitting of junior J.P. Graham and pitching of sophomore Tyler Zimmerman. Graham went 3-for-4 with three runs, a double, triple and RBI, while junior Evan Finley went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases, a run and a walk.

Zimmerman got the win in relief by allowing one hit and no runs while striking out 10 over four innings. Graham started the game and allowed four runs (two earned) on seven walks while striking out eight over three innings.

Kettle Run girls soccer 5 James Wood 0

After getting shut out in their season-opening girls soccer game, the Kettle Run Cougars had a plethora of goals Friday during a 5-0 victory over James Wood on the road in Winchester.

Kettle Run (1-1 record) began the scoring on a free kick by junior Stephanie Reiflin that sophomore Alysaa Rodemsky converted into a goal. Sophomore Emily Brummett then added a goal to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Rodemsky scored two more goals before freshman Emily Yergin finished the scoring with a goal.

Culpeper girls soccer 2, Fauquier 1

The Fauquier Falcons scored their first goal of the season Friday, but still lost to the Culpeper girls soccer team, 2-1, on the road.

Their record dropped to 0-2 following a loss Thursday to Woodgrove, 5-0, on the road in Purcellville.

Against Culpeper, Fauquier fell behind 2-0 in the first half before Cassidy Wagoner scored for the Falcons with about five minutes remaining left until halftime.

The Falcons “looked good controlling possession for the first 10 minutes,” Fauquier coach Rick Ashley said. But “the speed of the Devilettes allowed Culpeper to take control … with several threatening attacks.”

Culpeper threatened to score again in the second half, but Fauquier goalkeeper Emma Averna held strong with the help of “a tired but resilient back line,” Ashley said.

On Thursday, Woodgrove scored five goals despite 22 saves by Fauquier keeper Caroline Liebel.

“Outstanding game,” Ashley said of Liebel.

Woodgrove, the defending Group AA state champion, scored two quick goals in the final minutes of the first half to take a 3-0 lead and then scored twice in the second half.

Kettle Run splits softball doubleheader

The Kettle Run Cougars didn’t score in the first game of a softball double-header against Culpeper on Friday, but then exploded for 15 runs in the second game.

Kettle Run (2-1 record) amassed 21 hits to win game two, 15-10, after mustering only one hit en route to a 1-0 loss in the opener. Junior shortstop Claire Miclat led Kettle Run in the second game, going 4-for-5 with three RBI and a run, while senior centerfielder Michelle Farmer went 3-for-5 with two RBI, two runs and a stolen base.

Junior pitcher Kaitlin Munda added three runs, a triple and a stolen base on 3-for-4 hitting, while sophomore second baseman Forrest Poland went 3-for-5 with three runs and an RBI, and sophomore catcher Shelby Stegmaier went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a triple.

Culpeper finished with 10 hits, but Cougars freshman Carissa Brizzi pitched four innings of relief to get the first win of her career. She also went 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI and run.

In game one, Munda allowed only one run on six hits and a walk over seven innings, but Poland had the Cougars’ only hit in the loss.
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