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May 9 Fauquier County high school sports roundup

Saturday, May. 10 | By Jeff Malmgren
Fauquier's Megan Enos (14) and Liberty's Bretton Butler (16) react after Enos scored the winning goal Friday with 32 seconds remaining. --Photo by Andrea Jones
The Highland Hawks won the Delaney Athletic Conference boys tennis tournament championship Friday by beating the Wakefield Owls, 7-0, in the tournament final at home in Warrenton.

The sweep was Highland’s fifth this season and it improved its record to 9-1.

Despite the loss, Wakefield (7-5) qualified for the VISAA Division II state tournament. The Owls, however, will have to again face Highland in the first round of state with Wakefield entering as the No. 8 seed and the Hawks entering as No. 1.

In singles play Friday, Highland No. 1 Adam Fenton defeated Will Driskill, 8-2, No. 2 Jack Thomas beat Gabe Himelfarb, 8-0, No. 3 Rich Gerhardt topped Connor Mulvey, 8-0, No. 4 Ward Van De Water defeated Harwood Wolfson, 8-5, and No. 5 Tim Bartz beat Juan Lizarraga, 8-0.

In doubles play, Highland’s No. 1 team of Gerhardt and Bartz topped Driskill and Mulvey, 8-0, and the No. 2 team of Van De Water and Cortes defeated Himelfarb and Wolfson, 8-3.

Fauquier girls soccer 1, Liberty 0

With only 32 seconds remaining in the second half Friday, the Fauquier Falcons scored a goal to beat the Liberty girls soccer team, 1-0, on the road in Bealeton

Junior forward Megan Enos scored the game-winner by gathering a ball deflected by Liberty’s goalkeeper and sending into the goal just inside the right post. The play began with Enos kicking a through ball to Cassidy Wagoner, who got a touch on the ball as she converged with Liberty’s keeper, who then deflected the ball. Enos ran down the loose ball to give the Falcons’ a victory that improved their record to 8-5 overall and 6-4 in Conference 22.

Fauquier keeper Caroline Liebel had 10 saves to give the Falcons their second shutout this season.

“Gaby Tirado, Elizabeth Liebel, Laura Cornish, Kailey Vance and Claire Beaulieu did an excellent job of fending off Liberty counter attacks and breakaways,” Fauquier coach Rich Ashley said of his defense.

The Falcons’ offense “possessed the ball well in the first half, but were not able to get an opening goal,” he said.

Center midfielder Mia Barreda, for example, took five shots in the first half. Fauquier added 15 shots in the second half.

Previously, April 1, Fauquier lost to Liberty, 1-0. The Eagles now have a 2-4-2 record (2-3-1 Conference 22).

Seton baseball 14, Highland 9

Extra innings kept the Highland Hawks from winning the Delaney Athletic Conference baseball tournament.

Seton scored six runs in the eighth inning of the tournament championship game to beat Highland, 14-9, on the road in Warrenton.

“Obviously this one stings, and will for a while, but we left everything we had on the field,” Hawks coach Micah Higgins said. “As a coach, that is all you can ask."

Highland (10-3) will now hope to qualify for the VISAA Division II state tournament. The Hawks were ranked No. 9 in the last VISAA poll and have since set a program record by winning 10 games and claiming the DAC regular season title for the first time in history.

The Hawks entered the DAC tournament as the No. 1 seed and Seton was No. 2, but the teams never played each other during the regular season due to cancelations caused by poor weather.

On Friday, Seton took a 2-0 in the top of the first inning and expanded that to 8-4 in the top of the fifth inning. Highland responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and then Mark Terrell hit a two-run home run (his fourth this season) with two outs in the sixth inning to tie the score and force extra innings.

In the top of the eighth inning, Seton took advantage of an error and some hits to take a 14-8 lead.

Relief pitcher Tyler Zimmerman took the loss after allowing six runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out four over 3 1/3 innings. Starting pitcher J.P. Graham allowed eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits and a walk over 4 1/3 innings.

Terrell led the Hawks offensively, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs, three runs, two walks and a double. Shane Buss had two runs, an RBI and a double on 2-for-5 hitting.
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