Osbourn outfielders Julianne Sudduth and Brittany Lansdowne were only a combined 1-for-6 batting in Friday's 3-2 victory over top-ranked and visiting Stonewall Jackson, but if not for the pair's fielding exploits, the eighth-ranked Eagles almost surely would have lost the game.
Sudduth made several impressive catches in right field -- starting with All-Met Courtney Bures' deep fly in the top of the first -- to keep Stonewall batters off base. She also robbed the Raiders' Sarah Hefter of a single by throwing her out at first base in the third inning to keep pitcher Cristi Ecks perfect.
In the sixth inning, with Osbourn ahead 2-0, Sudduth made a great running catch on a hard-liner by the Raiders' Shannon Darling. The defensive gem proved huge. Stonewall's next batter, Bures, crushed Ecks's first pitch over the fence for a home run, but it was only a solo shot.
"The enthusiasm in the dugout was really contagious," Sudduth said. "When you get back in the dugout [from the field] for just a minute, the blood's pumping and the adrenaline's rushing."
In the seventh, Stonewall rallied to tie the score, but Lansdowne's throwing accuracy from center field helped keep the situation from getting worse. With two outs and runners on second and third in a 2-1 game, Stonewall's Hefter singled to center. Katie Speaks scored to tie it, but Lansdowne nailed pinch runner Beth Ann Kusma trying to score the go-ahead run.
Then, in the eighth, with the score still tied at 2, Bures again hit a ball to deep right that Sudduth tracked down to the cheers of Osbourn fans. Again, it was vital. Julie Pallett followed with a double that would have scored Bures with the go-ahead run.
An inning later, Stephanie Gaynord won it with a single to center, and Sudduth was relieved.
"I never felt as good as when . . . Stephanie hit that last ball."
Woodbridge's 3-2 victory against seventh-ranked Hylton on Thursday night marked the first time the Vikings have had all 11 starters healthy since a season-opening win against Mills Godwin.
An ankle injury had severely limited Dana Reynolds's playing time in the past three games, but the Vikings freshman forward scored the first goal fifteen minutes into the contest off a corner kick by senior midfielder Lindsey Pendergraph.
"From top to bottom we are a pretty talented team, we just don't have our starting 11 out there too often," said Woodbridge Coach Scott Kerns, whose Vikings (3-2) had dropped out of the rankings after losing their previous two games to No. 6 Hayfield and No. 8 Forest Park.
Freshman forward Lindsay Bell gave the Vikings their next goal nearly 20 minutes later with an assist from Becca Mumley, who has played sparingly because of a back injury. And Woodbridge junior Jordan Parcels, who is coming off a sprained knee injury, put the game out of reach with an unassisted goal in the 64th minute.
Senior forward Jasmine Byrd and sophomore midfielder Erin Sanderson scored the Bulldogs (1-1), who already have had to postpone four matches this season because of weather.
Recent college commitments: Potomac wide receiver-defensive back Carlton Hughes (5-11, 170) is headed to Ferrum College, and Osbourn Park offensive lineman Clark Lanzendorf (6-4, 290) signed with Shepherd (W.Va.) College. Both players were first-team all-Cedar Run District on offense and defense.