Softball roundup: Woodgrove wins its fourth straight region championship

June 6, 2014

Woodgrove’s softball team claimed its fourth consecutive region title with a 7-3 victory over Fauquier in the Virginia 4A North region final at home in Purcellville. The Wolverines trailed 1-0 in the first inning, and the two clubs traded runs for a 3-3 score after four complete innings.

In the fifth, the Wolverines used a four-run explosion to grab a four-run advantage that held up.

In the fifth, Grace Sanderson, Hallie Daughtry and Rachel Harris all amassed run-scoring singles.

Senior Corrine Vennitti got the start and gave up three runs on four hits in three innings. Fellow senior Jazymn Roher pitched four innings in relief with six strikeouts and no runs allowed.

“They weren’t hitting hard balls hard off Corrine, but they were hitting balls over the infield,” Woodgrove Coach Joe Spicer said. “We changed it up on them a little. They are good complements for each other. Corrrine is the junk thrower and Jazmym is the fastball thrower.”

Daughtry went 2 for 4 with two RBI and a home run. Sophomore Alexa Dolby was 2 for 3 with two runs a walk.

“I told the girls tonight was important because we got off to bad start, and made base running errors,” Spicer said. “Last year at the state game, we got off to a bad start and didn’t recover. We showed today that you might make early errors, but it’s a long game and you have to play it all the way until the end.”

Woodgrove heads into the state semifinals seeking its second state title in three years.

The Wolverines will play 4A South runner-up Grafton in the state semifinals at Liberty University in Lynchburg at 4 p.m. on Friday. Nansemond River defeated Grafton, 5-4, in the 4A South region final. . . .

In the 3A East region final, Brentsville defeated Park View-South Hill, 3-1, on the road, and it will play the loser of the Brookville-Turner Ashby 3A West region final Friday at noon at Liberty.

Briar Woods fell to Patrick Henry-Ashland, 6-2, in the 5A North region final. Patrick Henry scored in the top of the first on a two-out RBI double, but the Falcons tied it in the bottom of the frame on senior Jordan Counts’s single that scored Casey Forbes, who was on third after a triple.

Patrick Henry scored three runs in the second to take a 4-1 advantage and then added two runs in the seventh. The Falcons scored their final run on a two-out single by Meghan Bradshaw that scored senior Carrie Keevey.

The Falcons will face 5A South champion Prince George in Friday’s state semifinal at 4 p.m. at Lake Braddock. Prince George defeated Great Bridge, 3-1, in the 5A South region final.

“I thought we played hard,” Briar Woods Coach Chris Starke said. “We made some errors defensively that are out of our norm, and at this stage of the season errors get magnified and turned into runs. We played them tough and hope to see them again in the state final.”

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