AAA Baseball

Gar-Field Indians (17-4)

How they qualified: Cardinal District regular season and tournament champions.

What's next: At home vs. Cedar Run District runner-up Stonewall Jackson in Northwestern Region quarterfinals, 6 p.m. Monday. Gar-Field swept the season series by 6-2 and 9-4 scores.

Last region appearance: 2003 (lost to Colonial Forge, 3-2, in Northwestern Region quarterfinals).

District recap: Indians Coach Jay Burkhart thought there were two hints that his team might be tough to beat in its 7-0 Cardinal final win against Hylton on the Bulldogs' home field. The first was a particularly crisp pregame, and the second was senior Robbie Miller hustling for a double to lead off the second inning and then alertly moving up a base on a strikeout that required a throw to first. Miller soon scored his team's first run. "We told them in practice [Wednesday] that any ball in the dirt we have to get a base," Burkhart said. "To see a senior do that kind of sets the tone and it kind of [trickled] down." Senior right-hander Marcus Nalls threw a three-hitter, and Nalls and senior Nick Arrington had three hits apiece. It marked the Indians' first district championship since 1997. The Cardinal has crowned three different champions the last three years -- Gar-Field, Forest Park and Hylton.

Hylton Bulldogs (13-9)

How they qualified: Cardinal District tournament runners-up.

What's next: At Cedar Run District champion Potomac in Northwestern Region quarterfinals, 7 p.m. Monday. Potomac swept Hylton this season by 7-0 and 9-1 scores.

Last region appearance: 2002 (lost to Osbourn, 5-4, in Northwestern Region semifinals).

District recap: Hylton scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to topple Forest Park, 6-5, in the Cardinal semifinals but could muster no such dramatics in a 7-0 loss to Gar-Field in the championship. In their nine losses, the Bulldogs have totaled 10 runs. Gar-Field shut them out three times. "We just didn't have our 'A' game," said Hylton Coach John Colantuoni, whose team is in regionals for the third time in four years. "If you don't hit, you swing at bad pitches, and you don't make the plays. . . . " The Bulldogs struck out eight times and committed five errors. One positive was an encouraging outing from junior right-hander Ryan Wood, who struck out nine and walked four in five innings. Three of the walks came in a 35-pitch fourth.

Potomac Panthers (21-2)

How they qualified: Cedar Run District regular season and tournament champions.

What's next: At home vs. Cardinal District runner-up Hylton in Northwestern Region quarterfinals, 7 p.m. Monday. Potomac swept the Bulldogs this season by 7-0 and 9-1 scores.

Last region appearance: 2003 (lost to GW-Danville, 14-0, in Northwestern Region quarterfinals).

District recap: Potomac senior left-hander Mike Giarrizzi started the Cedar Run final against Stonewall last season and recorded no outs before he was unceremoniously pulled from the game in an eventual 5-2 loss. He did the opposite in this year's district championship against the Raiders, tossing a no-hitter and striking out 15. Only a teammate's error on a bunt attempt with one out in the seventh prevented him from recording a perfect game. "They embarrassed me last year," said Giarrizzi, who located his fastball with precision Thursday. "I've been waiting for this game for a while." Panthers Coach Mike Covington thought it was the third no-hitter in the 24-year history of the program; Danny Raley and Danny Lopaze threw the others. Giarrizzi also knocked in the game's lone run on a groundout in the first inning. That scored junior Mike McClain, who had doubled. Potomac is the third different league champion in the Cedar Run's three-year history, joining Osbourn and Stonewall.

Stonewall Jackson Raiders (9-12)

How they qualified: Cedar Run District tournament runners-up.

What's next: At Cardinal District champion Gar-Field in Northwestern Region quarterfinals, 6 p.m. Monday. Gar-Field swept Stonewall by 6-2 and 9-4 scores this season.

Last region appearance: 2003 (lost to E.C. Glass, 4-3, in Northwestern Region quarterfinals).

District recap: The satisfaction of making consecutive region tournament appearances on the heels of a 1-20 season in 2002 helped soften the blow of being no-hit by Potomac in the Cedar Run championship. "It says something for us as a program, it says something for us as coaches and as players," Stonewall Coach Andy Devitt said. "Two years ago, if we would have said we'd be in back-to-back regionals, people would have said that was impossible. These are all the same kids who have been with us through that." Sophomore right-hander Chris Boggs threw a four-hitter in the 1-0 loss to Potomac. Stonewall had handed the Panthers one of their two losses this season.

AAA Softball

Gar-Field Indians (11-10-1)

How they qualified: Cardinal District tournament runners-up.

What's next: At Cardinal District champion Stonewall Jackson in Northwestern Region quarterfinals, 4 p.m. Monday, 4 p.m. Stonewall swept Gar-Field this season by 10-2 and 10-0 scores.

Last region appearance: 2003 (lost to Osbourn, 1-0, in Northwestern Region quarterfinals).

District recap: The Indians put three runners in scoring position in the first two innings against Hylton in the district final but could not score either time in the 4-1 loss. "It came down to mistakes, and we made them first and gave them a couple of runs," Gar-Field Coach Mike McDonald said. "That's enough." Gar-Field played without senior second baseman Jade Ing, who was injured in a car accident on Smoketown Road on Tuesday leaving the school after practice. Ing suffered a lacerated liver and was hospitalized in Fairfax before being released Friday. Sophomore Jessica Kimball took her spot in the lineup.

Hylton Bulldogs (12-6)

How they qualified: Cardinal District regular season and tournament champions.

What's next: At home vs. Cedar Run District runner-up Osbourn in Northwestern Region quarterfinals, 5 p.m. Monday. The teams met once this season, with Osbourn winning, 6-1, on March 26.

Last region appearance: 2003 (lost to Stonewall Jackson, 2-0, in Northwestern Region quarterfinals).

District recap: The Bulldogs knocked off Gar-Field, 4-1, in the Cardinal championship to complete a three-game sweep of the Indians this season and to repeat as district champs for the first time in school history. "It's very difficult to beat a team like Gar-Field three times, so I think there was definitely a little apprehension in the first few innings until they settled in and started playing," Hylton Coach Desiree Hayden said. "Just knowing that going into this game we were expected to win, I think that puts a little bit more pressure." Sophomore catcher Sarah Himan had two of her team's five hits in the game; she is batting .500 the last 14 outings to raise her average to .400, second on the team to junior center fielder Amanda D'Attilio (.450).

Osbourn Eagles (17-4)

How they qualified: Cedar Run District tournament runners-up.

What's next: At Cardinal District champion Hylton in Northwestern Region quarterfinals, 5 p.m. Monday. Osbourn won the teams' lone meeting this season, 6-1, on March 26.

Last region appearance: 2003 (lost to Stonewall Jackson, 4-0, in Northwestern Region championship).

District recap: Osbourn had some help, but to rally from four runs down to tie Stonewall in the top of the seventh inning in the Cedar Run District championship was no small feat. Even though Stonewall scored in the bottom of that inning for a 6-5 win, the rally might have served as a confidence booster for the Eagles, who start three freshmen and one senior. "I really do have a lot of respect for Stonewall's program, and for us being as young as we are, to do so well I was definitely really proud of them," Eagles Coach Renee Leake said. "I think there's momentum going into Monday's game." Junior Brittany Lansdowne and sophomore Brittany Campbell had RBI hits for Osbourn in the seventh. Another run scored on a groundout by junior Cristi Ecks. The tying run scored on one of six Stonewall errors. Freshman Robin Botkin and sophomores Jamie Jansen and Campbell each had two hits.

Stonewall Jackson Raiders (20-2)

How they qualified: Cedar Run District regular season and tournament champions.

What's next: At home vs. Cardinal District runner-up Gar-Field in Northwestern Region quarterfinals, 4 p.m. Monday. Stonewall swept the Indians by 10-2 and 10-0 scores this season.

Last region appearance: 2003 (beat Osbourn, 4-0, in Northwestern Region championship).

District recap: For all the Stonewall seniors' accomplishments -- namely back-to-back Virginia AAA runner-up finishes -- the Raiders had never won a district title before pulling out a 6-5 win over Osbourn on Thursday. But even then they had to make it interesting by allowing four runs in the top of the seventh. During that rally, Stonewall Coach Jason Koch kept thinking that if the Raiders could just salvage a tie going into the bottom of the seventh, they would stand a good chance of winning with senior Courtney Bures and junior Jessie Green coming to bat. As it turned out, Bures got on and scored on a Green hit. "Jessie had a heck of an at-bat," Koch said. "You could just see the desire in her. She knew she was going to get it done."

A Softball

Manassas Park Cougars (10-7)

How they qualified: Bull Run District regular season and tournament champions.

What's next: At home vs. Shenandoah District runner-up Riverheads in Region B quarterfinals, 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Last region appearance: 2002 (lost to Riverheads, 7-3, in Region B quarterfinals).

District recap: Manassas Park sophomore Jessica Valesquez has carved a niche for herself as a pinch-hitter, so Coach Melissa Pitts was not hesitant to insert her into the district championship Friday with the Cougars trailing Madison County by a run in the seventh inning. To that point, Manassas Park had just one hit. "She just seems to come through," Pitts said. Sure enough, Valesquez tied the game, tripling in sophomore Mandy Shifflett, who had walked with one out. Junior Jessi Parker then lifted a fly ball that the right fielder dropped -- it would have been deep enough to score another run anyway -- to give the Cougars a 3-2 win. Five teams were tied for first place with 6-4 records in the Bull Run at the end of the regular season, but Manassas Park won a draw to be the top seed in the district tournament. The tournament champion also was declared regular season champion.

-- Preston Williams

Stonewall Jackson's Garrett Smith, right, puts the tag on Potomac's Bobby Potter for an out in a 1-0 Potomac win.Potomac's Mike Giarrizzi threw a no-hitter against Stonewall Jackson in the Cedar Run District final.