Anna Hockman hit two home runs Wednesday to lead the Liberty Eagles to a 17-1 win over Eastern View’s softball team on the road in Culpeper.
She finished with five RBIs, five runs, a walk and steal on 4-for-4 hitting to improved the Eagles’ record to 4-4 and avenge an 8-1 loss to the Cyclones only seven days earlier. So Hockman leads Liberty this spring with five homers for a .560 batting average, 2.027 OPS, 17 RBIs and 14 runs, helping the Eagles score more than 11 runs in four of their games.
Against the Cyclones, Taylor Smith added four RBIs, three runs, a homer, triple and walk on 3-for-4 hitting, while Katelynn Lewis went 1-for-4 with two RBIs, a double and steal. Kaitlyn Strayer added three runs and two walks on 0-for-2 hitting, while Keeley Crane had two runs, a walk and steal on 0-for-2 hitting.
The Eagles scored two runs in the first inning, four in the second, two in the fourth, two in the sixth and seven in the seventh, all with the help of five Eastern View errors. So Lewis earned the win as Liberty starting pitcher by striking out five while allowing six runs on six hits and three walks over five innings.
Kettle Run baseball 10, Handley 0
Nathan Mabe pitched a complete-game shutout Wednesday to beat Handley's baseball team 10-0 on the road in Winchester.
He allowed only six hits and zero walks while striking out four over seven innings to boost Kettle Run’s record to 2-0 in the Class 4 Northwestern District and 2-2 overall.
Offensively, Michael Aldrich went 3-for-4 with two runs, a double, RBI and steal, while Caden DeCroo had two RBIs, two steals and a run on 2-for-4 hitting. Dan Dispanet added two steals, a run and RBI on 3-for-5 hitting, while Jack Riley went 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Plus, Zach Ewald went 2-for-5 with two runs.
Fauquier softball 10, Dominion 9
The Dominion Titans’ Brianna Traenkle hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to close their deficit to one run, but then Fauquier pitcher Meghan Harrington struck out six of the next seven batters to give the Falcons a 10-9 victory Tuesday on the road in Sterling.
After entering the third inning in a 4-4 tie, Fauquier built a 10-4 lead by the end of the fifth inning with Harrington as its starting pitcher. Zoe Ott replaced her in the circle to begin the sixth inning, but Traenkle’s grand slam forced Harrington to resume that pitching role and secure a victory that gave the Falcons a 7-1 record with a four-game winning streak.
So, statistically, Harrrington pitched all seven innings, striking out 16 while allowing four runs on five walks and four hits.
Offensively, she had two RBIs, two runs and a walk on 1-for-4 hitting, while Payton Swart went 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and walk. Emma Carter added three RBIs on 1-for-4 hitting, while Emily Turner went 1-for-3 with two runs, two walks and an RBI.
Helena Lovell had two runs and a walk on 1-for-3 hitting, while Lauren Davis went 2-for-4.
Highland baseball 8, Fredericksburg Christian 1
The Highland Hawks began Delaney Athletic Conference play Wednesday with an 8-1 win over Fredericksburg Christian’s baseball team at home in Warrenton.
The Hawks gave up the first run of the game but finished the first inning with a 4-1 lead. Then they allowed only five base runners over the final six innings to improve their record to 9-3.
Starting pitcher Blake Fisher earned the win by striking out three while allowing one run on two walks and a hit over five innings, while reliever Adam Dressler pitched the final two scoreless innings, striking out three while allowing two hits and zero walks.
Offensively, Eddie Gimbel went 2-for-3 with two triples, two RBIs and two runs on 2-for-3 hitting, while Joe DeBardi went 2-for-3 with two runs, a triple, double and RBI. Blake Fisher added two RBIs, a run and steal on 1-for-2 hitting, while Blake Cuddington went 1-for-2 with a double, run and RBI.