LYNCHBURG, Va. — Already 2 for 2 with an RBI in the Virginia 4A state final, Woodgrove sophomore Adriana Erickson stepped to the batter’s box in the fourth inning with her team ahead by nine runs. Erickson didn’t relent with a comfortable lead. Instead, she crushed an inside fastball over the left field fence for a solo home run.
One inning later, with runners on the corners, Erickson smashed another fastball — this time low and down the middle — that sailed well over the left-center fence. That three-run homer capped off an outstanding offensive performance by Woodgrove, which blew past Fauquier, 24-1, in Saturday’s state final at Liberty University. It was the Wolverines’ second state championship in three years. Their 24 runs were a Virginia High School League single-game championship record.
“Yesterday I didn’t do my best and I tried to make up for it today,” Erickson said. “My dad always tells me you can go 0 for 4 and you can go 4 for 4, it all depends on the day.”
Erickson made her 0 for 3 outing in the state semifinal win an afterthought, and finished the final 4 for 5 with a game-high five RBI.
In their fourth straight state title appearance, Woodgrove left nothing to chance. A team that rallied to win its two previous games jumped on Fauquier in the opening inning. They trailed the Falcons (19-8) in a 4A North region final that they went on to win 7-3.
The Wolverines held a 3-0 lead through two innings, and then in the third and the fourth innings they batted around to total 16 runs.
“Before the game, I told them these games are about playing together and each team member doing their part,” Woodgrove Coach Joe Spicer said. “It’s not about anyone being a superhero, and they kind of bought in I guess.”
The Wolverines (26-2) did more than buy in as all their starters registered runs, and all but one Woodgrove starter recorded a run-scoring base hit. Sophomore Alexa Dolby was 3 for 3 with two RBI.
It was Woodgrove’s second time scoring more than 20 runs this season.
On the mound Corinne Vennitti quieted a Falcons team that scored 12 runs on 16 hits in a state semifinal. The senior struck out four batters in five shutout innings with a solid mix of riseballs and screwballs. The two hits she allowed were singles. Vennitti also went 3 for 4 with a RBI.
“It was comforting to know we played them before,” Vennitti said. “We all talked about staying calm and focused the whole game, we treated it like it was 0-0 to make sure we did our jobs.”