“We wanted to come back from last year when we ended on a bad note,” said Reid, whose team fell, 9-1, to Briar Woods in last year’s state final. “We want to get it all this year.”
Junior center fielder Ashley Cole crushed a solo home run to right field in the top of the first inning Friday, accounting for the game’s only run until the top of the seventh.
Junior right fielder Mackenzie Moler added insurance with a two-run single in the seventh, which proved necessary when Abingdon started the bottom of the seventh with a triple and a single to get within two runs.
Moler also preserved the lead in the fourth inning when, with two outs and a runner on third, she threw out an Abingdon hitter at first on a flare to right field.
“We’d still be playing if it wasn’t for that play,” Woodgrove Coach Joe Spicer said. “Or maybe we’d be going home.”
— Greg Schimmel
●PATRICK HENRY-ASHLAND 7, OSBOURN PARK 0: Senior pitcher Emma Mitchell carried a perfect game into the sixth inning and a no-hitter into the seventh in an AAA semifinal at Westfield. Mitchell was dominant from the first pitch, striking out the first six Yellow Jacket batters she faced on Friday night.
“She had good speed and she was just hitting that outside corner consistently,” Osbourn Park senior Erica Field said. “She had that nice change-up that fooled us a lot, so she’s good.”
At the plate, Patrick Henry (23-2) staked Mitchell to an early lead with a first-inning two-run home run from senior Katie Woody, who finished the game 2 for 3 with four RBI. Senior Sam Moore also homered for the Patriots, blasting a solo shot in the top of the third.
The lone hit for Osbourn Park (20-4) came on a seventh-inning infield single from freshman Peyton Del Gallo to the back hand of Patrick Henry-Ashland second baseman Ashley Samuels. Samuels slightly mishandled the ball, giving Del Gallo just enough time to reach base ahead of the throw.
— Louis Nelson
●COSBY 10, BROAD RUN 2:
The Spartans made uncharacteristic mistakes and couldn’t overcome the pitching of Cosby’s Chelsea Whitcomb in an AAA semifinal at Westfield.
Broad Run, the Northwest Region champion, scored a run in the first inning against Whitcomb but then couldn’t muster another run until the seventh. Broad Run fell behind 3-1 in the bottom of the first thanks to two errors and a Whitcomb double.
“After that, we just never really found our groove,” Broad Run sophomore catcher Kamille Larrabee said. “Their pitcher was really good. She was working the ball in and out. She was doing a great job. She kept us on our toes.”
Cosby led 5-1 after two innings and Broad Run senior Ashley Ferrara held the Titans (22-5) scoreless for the next three innings, until they added five more runs in the sixth.
The Spartans (18-6) put two runners on base in the fifth and sixth innings but couldn’t score them. In final inning, they smacked four singles and scored a run on a bases-loaded hit by senior Amanda Pugh. But it wasn’t enough.
Pugh and junior McKall Miller each finished with two hits.
“Everyone was a little amped up, a little nervous,” Larrabee said. “It’s a big game for us. Only our seniors have been here before.”
— James Wagner
Schimmel reported from Radford, Va.