The Kettle Run Cougars used a pair of seven-run innings to beat Handley’s softball team 20-4 Tuesday in six innings via 10-run mercy rule on the road in Winchester.

They led only 6-3 entering the fifth inning, but finished on a 14-1 run to give them a 5-1 record with a 1-1 mark in the Class 4 Northwestern District.

Emory Shorts led them by hitting a three-run homer and finishing with four RBIs and three runs on 2-for-4 hitting, while Chelsea Dodson went 2-for-4 with three runs, three RBIs, two doubles, a walk and steal. So Dodson has a .368 batting average this season with a 1.328 OPS, trailing only Shorts, who has a 1.330 OPS with a .400 average.

Against Handley, Larissa James-LaBranche had two runs and two RBIs, a triple, walk and steal on 2-for-3 hitting, while Lorraine Palmore went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Jeanelle Johnson added two runs, two walks, two steals and a triple and RBI on 1-for-3 hitting, while Abbey Boldt had three runs, three walks, a run and RBI on 0-for-2 hitting.

Alyssa Space had two runs and a walk on 1-for-3 hitting, while Ashley Hume went 1-for-5 with two runs.

Dodson was also the winning pitcher who struck out four over six innings while allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and one walk.

Fauquier softball 10, Millbrook 0

Meghan Harrington pitched a one-hitter Tuesday to give the Fauquier Falcons a 10-0 win over Millbrook’s softball team in five innings via 10-run mercy rule at home in Warrenton.

She struck out 10 while allowing only one walk over five innings to give Fauquier a 6-1 record with a 2-1 mark in the Class 4 Northwestern District. She also had one of the Falcons’ six doubles offensively, finishing 1-for-3 with a run and RBI as they scored in every inning, including three runs in the fourth and three in the fifth.

Lauren Davis added three RBIs, a double and run on 2-for-2 hitting, while Zoe Ott had three RBIs and a run on 3-for-3 hitting. Emily Turner added two doubles and a run on 2-for-3 hitting.

Highland baseball 16, Potomac School 6

Joe DeBardi and Eddie Gimbel combined for five extra-base hits Tuesday to lead the Highland Hawks to a 16-6 victory over Potomac School’s baseball team in five innings via 10-run mercy rule on the road in McLean.

DeBardi finished with three doubles, three RBIs, two runs, two steals and a walk on 3-for-3 hitting, while Gimbel went 3-for-3 with three runs, two RBIs, two triples, a double and walk to give Highland an 8-3 record. Ty Gravett added three RBIs and a run on 1-for-3 hitting, while Joe DeWolf went 1-for-1 with two runs and two walks. Dylan Fisher had two runs on 2-for-3 hitting, while Luke Burner went 0-for-1 with two walks, a run and RBI.

So the Hawks took a 5-1 lead before scoring eight runs in the fourth inning and three in the fifth. That helped Burner earn the pitching win by striking out three while allowing one run on three walks and two hits over three innings.

Highland girls soccer 6, Fredericksburg Academy 0

With four assists from Olivia Devening, the Highland Hawks remained undefeated by beating Fredericksburg Academy’s girls soccer team 6-0 Tuesday at home in Warrenton.

They scored five goals in the second half to improve their record to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Delaney Athletic Conference despite struggling before halftime.

“Failed to keep the ball as much as we should have and just weren’t active enough,” Highland coach Reynolds Oare said. “We responded well in the second half, totally controlled the flow of play.”

Scoring one goal each for the Hawks were Alexis Conlin, Mallory McReynolds, Lea Saier, Kiki Wegdam, MacKenzie Cochrane and Rossi Long, while Hallie Norden and Sam Mitchell had one assist apiece.

Defensively, Highland recorded its fourth consecutive shutout, including three 1-0 victories.

“The back line and [goalkeeper] Jess Cochrane were solid as usual,” Oare said.

Highland girls lacrosse 18, Fredericksburg Academy 2

After a 15-day span between games, the Highland Hawks returned from spring break with an 18-2 win over Fredericksburg Academy’s girls lacrosse team on the road during a rainy Tuesday game.

Gabby Brisbin and Kayla Soltys each scored four goals to give Highland a 4-0 record with a 2-0 mark in the Delaney Athletic Conference.

“This was a great game adjusting to the elements and getting back into a groove,” Hawks coach Kristen Conques said. “Some sloppy play at first but the team came together, limited the turnovers in the second half and shared the ball well offensively.”

Adding three goals each were Abby Soltys and Caite Leake, while Margaret Groux had two. Brisbin also led Highland with five assists with two apiece from Kayla Soltys and Groux, while goalie Maddie Turner had three saves.

Highland boys tennis 9, Fredericksburg Academy 0

The Highland Hawks swept an opponent for the third time this boys tennis season for a 9-0 victory Tuesday over Fredericksburg Academy at home in Warrenton.

Led by Soren Roberts, they won five matches 8-0 to boost their record to 4-0. He won 8-0 in the No. 5 singles match and in the No. 2 doubles match with Gavin Blackburn. Also winning 8-0 were No. 1 singles player Will Jarvis, No. 6 Ben Blunt and the No. 3 doubles team of Luke Warfield and Andrew Ewert.

Warfield also won 8-1 at No. 3, as did Blackburn at No. 4, while the No. 1 doubles team of Jarvis and Jack Medica won 8-3. Plus, Medica won 8-6 in the No. 2 singles match.

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