Neufang, McManus Lead Colonial Forge

By Preston Williams and Rich Campbell
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, June 2, 2007

Colonial Forge senior catcher Jerry Neufang caught a shutout and homered last night in a 7-0 home win over Forest Park in the Virginia AAA Northwestern Region baseball championship game, but even more gratifying to him was throwing out two would-be base stealers early in the game.

Those outs in the second and fourth innings -- the Bruins have swiped about 90 bases -- enabled junior right-hander Colin McManus to face the minimum number of batters through six innings.

"It's one-on-one," Neufang said of his accurate throws to second base. "He's going up against you, and you take him out."

"When another team wants to run, and you're able to throw them out, that plants a seed," Colonial Forge Coach Shawn Szakelyhidi said.

Colonial Forge (23-2), winner of 19 in a row, advanced to host Northern Region runner-up South County in a state quarterfinal at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Forest Park (22-2) will play at Northern Region champ Oakton at 6 p.m.

McManus allowed three hits through 6 1/3 innings. Senior Chris Harpine also homered, giving the Eagles 44 home runs for the season, and senior Justin Graves had three RBI with a pair of two-out hits.

Goal Lifts Osbourn Park

Sophomore defender Matthew Scott scored the first goal of his high school career in the 78th minute to lift top-ranked Osbourn Park to a 1-0 victory over Forest Park in the Northwestern Region boys' soccer championship game. The Yellow Jackets (19-0-2) won their second region title in three seasons.

"It was a screamer from way out," Osbourn Park Coach Larry Nemerow said of Scott's shot from 35 yards. "It was one of those that you have no chance of stopping it, a breathtaking goal."

Potomac Falls Cruises

Potomac Falls won its third straight AA Region II championship with a 9-0 win at home over Orange County. Junior forward Cristhian Antelo had three goals, while Uche Onyeador and Matt Swaney had two.

"I think it was a wakeup call, losing like we did" in the district tournament, Panthers Coach Dave Gryder said. "We're on a roll right now." . . .

Senior striker Eric Keefer had a hat trick, and Joe Etcho and Sebastian Brock added goals as Riverbend beat Jamestown 5-1 on the road to capture the program's first AA Region I championship. The Bears (20-2) will host Orange County in a state quarterfinal Tuesday.

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