With a goal in sudden death overtime Tuesday, the Kettle Run Cougars upset top-seeded Sherando 2-1 during the semifinals of the Class 4 Northwestern District boys soccer tournament to earn a spot in the championship game against No. 3 Millbrook.
Kris Schulte scored the game-winner for the fifth-seeded Cougars on the road in Stephens City to give them a 9-8-1 record. Only six days earlier, Kettle Run lost 1-0 to Sherando in the Cougars’ regular-season finale. Regardless, they can earn a region berth with a win Thursday for the ninth time in their 11-year history after their 2018 season ended in the district quarterfinals.
Against the Warriors, Schulte scored both goals to give him 29 this season in only 18 games. Josh Wine and Clayton Pfeier assisted the goals while Cougars goalkeeper John Otooni had nine saves.
Previously, Friday, Kettle Run defeated No. 4 James Wood 1-0 in the quarterfinals on the road in Winchester with a Schulte goal assisted by Luke Watrous. Otooni added six saves.
Kettle Run baseball 9, Millbrook 6
Jake Heenan hit a three-run triple Tuesday as part of a five-run first inning to lead Kettle Run to a 9-6 upset victory over Millbrook during the semifinals of the Class 4 Northwestern District on the road in Winchester, giving the Cougars a region berth for the eighth time in their 11-year history.
The third-seeded Cougars added two runs in the second for an insurmountable 7-1 lead en route improving their record to 13-8 with five consecutive wins and advancing to play No. 1 Sherando in the district final after ending the season for the No. 2 Pioneers. Kettle Run will then play in the Region 4C tournament after falling short of a region bid last season following a four-year run of berths.
Against Millbrook, Heenan finished with four RBIs on 1-for-3 hitting, while Michael Aldrich went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a run and walk. Zach Ewald added two runs and an RBI on 2-for-4 hitting, while Jack Riley went 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a double. Finishing with two runs apiece were Caden DeCroo (0-for-2, two steals, walk) and Matt Twomey (two walks, 0-for-2).
On the mound, Nathan Mabe earned the victory by allowing three runs on five hits and zero walks with one strikeout over four innings. Joe Vogatsky added the save by striking out three while allowing three runs on six hits and two walks over three innings.
Fauquier softball 3, Sherando 1
Meghan Harrington struck out 14 batters Tuesday to help the Fauquier Falcons earn a Region 4C berth by beating Sherando 3-1 in the semifinals of the Class 4 Northwestern District softball tournament on the road in Stephens City.
She allowed that one run on only four hits and three walks over seven innings as the third-seeded Falcons improved their record to 19-3 and advanced to play No. 1 James Wood in the district final after ending the season for the No. 2 Warriors.
Lauren Davis scored the winning run on an error in the top of the second inning, giving Fauquier an early 2-0 lead. She finished 1-for-3 and Ashley Renzi went 1-for-3 with a run and RBI, while Meredith Wayland had two walks and two steals on 0-for-2 hitting.
Sherando baseball 2, Fauquier 1
The Fauquier Falcons pushed top-seeded Sherando to the brink Tuesday, but the Warriors beat them 2-1 during the semifinals of the Class 4 Northwestern District baseball tournament at home in Stephens City.
So fourth-seeded Fauquier finished the season with a 12-10 record despite taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh inning with pinch runner Drew Howser scoring on a passed ball after replacing Jared Vinluan, who hit a leadoff single. Sherando responded in the bottom of the seventh by tying the score with a two-out triple from Nick Mazza before Jack Duvall hit a walk-off RBI single.
During the regular season, the Warriors never trailed against Fauquier during 8-0 and 8-2 victories, but, on Tuesday, starting pitcher Harrison Whitt held Sherando to only four hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run with two strikeouts. He finished with a no-decision and Carson McCusker took the loss.
Offensively, Nate Dulevitz led the Falcons by going 1-for-2 with a walk and steal.