Who's In

Quarterfinals on Monday

Broadway at Liberty, 2

Fauquier at Turner Ashby, 4

Orange County at

Loudoun Valley, 4

Loudoun County at

William Monroe, 5

Semifinals on Wednesday

Loudoun Valley-Orange vs.

Liberty-Broadway

William Monroe-Loudoun County vs. Turner Ashby-Fauquier

Final on Friday

Semifinal winners

Who You Know

Loudoun Valley shortstop Jennifer Everhart, Loudoun County second baseman Whitney Knudsen and Liberty shortstop Ryan Washington not only rank among the area's best defensive infielders but each also have been outstanding at the plate.

Everhart, the Vikings' leadoff batter, is hitting .636 with 42 total hits, 25 RBI and 33 runs scored. Knudsen, also a leadoff hitter, is batting .521 with 16 extra-base hits and 19 RBI. Washington is batting .544 with 38 RBI and 10 home runs, nine of which have gone over the fence.

Who You Should Know

Broadway senior pitcher Shaneyne Fink has already totaled 209 strikeouts this season, two shy of the school-record 211 she set last season. "She's been their powerhouse for four years," Loudoun Valley Coach Joe Spicer said. "She's surrounded with a lot of young kids, but she's good enough to carry them."

Who Should Advance

Loudoun Valley is the defending Virginia AA champion, and with a well-balanced and powerful offensive lineup -- all nine players in the starting lineup are hitting .400 or better -- the Vikings are expected to have a shot at defending that crown. Turner Ashby, historically, has also been tough to beat. The Knights are led by standout sophomore catcher Misty Hall and the pitching platoon of Kelly Fox and Whitney Eye.

Who Could Advance

Loudoun County doesn't lack for offensive weapons and has a shot at moving on if junior pitcher Sam Conner is healthy; she has been battling pain in her right throwing shoulder. Liberty, with the combination of Washington's offensive prowess with the solid pitching of senior Tori Hill and junior Mandy Selvage, is another threat. "Liberty is tough," Spicer said. "No question, they're a scary team to face."

-- ANGELA WATTS

Vikings' leadoff batter Jennifer Everhart, right, is a real threat at the plate.