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May 30 Fauquier County high school sports roundup

Saturday, May. 31 | By Jeff Malmgren
Kettle Run won the Conference 27 boys soccer tournament title Friday with a 4-1 win over Culpeper. --Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
With a pair of goals from their all-time leading scorer, the Kettle Run Cougars defeated Culpeper, 4-1, Friday during the final of the Conference 27 boys soccer tournament at home in Nokesville.

The Cougars improved their record to 14-1 and will next host John Champe in the quarterfinals of Class 3A East Region tournament Monday.

Against second-seeded Culpeper, No. 1 Kettle Run got two goals from Evan Szklennik, who increased his career goal total to 70. Kevin Coleman and Jake Keiser added one goal each.

Fauquier softball 3, Eastern View 2

The Fauquier Falcons qualified for the Class 4A North Region softball tournament with a narrow win, 3-2, Friday over Eastern View in the semifinals of the Conference 22 tournament at home in Warrenton.

Fauquier also broke an ill-timed three-game losing streak and improved its record to 15-6. The second-seeded Falcons will next play Saturday in the final of the conference tournament in Warrenton against No. 4 Liberty, which upset No. 1 King George in the semifinals, 8-0.

Against No. 3 Eastern View, Fauquier fell behind, 1-0, in the top of the fourth inning thanks to a pair of errors, but the Falcons rallied to take a 3-1 lead in the bottom of that inning. Tess Miller and Ashtyn Foddrell hit one-out singles and then Rachel Taylor loaded the bases with a walk. Apryl Nalls followed with a two-RBI single that scored Foddrell and courtesy runner Josie Adgate. Taylor later scored on an error.

Eastern View’s Melody White countered with an RBI double in the top of the sixth inning that scored Bre Pollard (single) and narrowed the Falcons’ lead to 3-2. Those were the Cyclones only hits in the game, though, as Miller, Fauquier’s starting pitcher, held them in check. She finished with one earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out 10 over seven innings.

Eastern View starting pitcher Brittani Piazza suffered a knee injury while trying to beat out a ground ball hit to shortstop during the second inning. She pitched only one inning and allowed no hits. Relief pitcher Taylor Norris gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks over five innings.

Nalls went 2-for-3 for Fauquier while Leann Brown, Miller and Foddrell went 1-for-3.

Kettle Run girls soccer 3, Culpeper 2

Playing as the No. 3 seed couldn’t keep the Kettle Run Cougars from winning the Conference 27 girls soccer tournament championship.

Kettle Run upset No. 1 Culpeper, 3-2, in overtime Friday on the road in the tournament final.

Emily Brummett scored the winning goal with about one minute remaining in the first of two five-minute overtime periods and the match tied, 2-2. Taylor Decker initiated the play by receiving a pass and taking a shot. Culpeper’s goalkeeper made the save, but the ball rebounded to Brummett’s feet and she converted a shot.

Kettle Run (10-5-2) then held the Blue Devils scoreless over the rest of overtime.

The Cougars trailed at halftime, 2-1, but then Taylor Decker ran down an Alexis Zuars through ball hit over Culpeper’s defense and converted a scoring opportunity one-on-one against the Blue Devils’ keeper.

Kettle Run tied the game by “controlling possession better and getting more opportunities at the goal,” Kettle Run coach Elizabeth Martin said. “Culpeper … controlled the majority of the first half, pushing hard and strong.”

Erika Blevins gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead three minutes into the first half with a goal on a penalty kick after referees called Culpeper for a hand ball in the 18-yard box. The Blue Devils later countered with a pair of goals during a seven minute span – both off free kicks.

“Jackie Doores made an incredible save,” Martin said of the second free kick, “but the ball bounced out to the wing and Culpeper was able to convert … over Jackie's head.”

Kettle Run baseball 1, Brentsville 0

The Kettle Run Cougars survived against Brentsville, 1-0, Friday during the semifinals of the Conference 27 baseball tournament at home in Nokesville.

The second-seeded Cougars improved their record to 14-5 and advanced to play No. 1 Culpeper in the final Saturday on the road.

Hayden Lilek scored the Cougars’ lone run against No. 3 Brentsville.

Atlee girls lacrosse 9, Fauquier 5
Atlee boys lacrosse 16, Fauquier 7

The Fauquier boys and girls lacrosse teams lost Friday to Atlee in the quarterfinals of the Class 5A South Zone tournament at home in Warrenton.

Fauquier’s girls lost, 9-5, and finished the season with a 9-6 record. Fauquier’s boys lost, 16-7, and ended with an 8-5 record.
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