Fauquier's softball team led visiting William Monroe from start to finish during a 4-2 victory in a AA Region II quarterfinal on Monday.
The Falcons (20-5) are one game from a state playoff berth but must go through defending AA state champion Turner Ashby (24-0) to get there. (Yesterday's semifinal at Turner Ashby ended too late to be included in today's Loudoun Extra. Please see today's sports section for complete results.)
"We put a little scare in [Turner Ashby] last year when we lost 5-3 in a regional quarterfinal, so we're familiar with them," Fauquier Coach Mark Ott said. "And clearly they've won all 44 games they've played [so far] the past two years, so they're a great team. But I don't think anybody is unbeatable. And we're a better team now than we were a year ago.
"I know they can hit one through nine in their lineup. But if we have a good day, so can we."
Junior catcher Betty Stewart led the Falcons Monday, going 3 for 3 with a double, two singles and the game's first RBI. She also threw out a runner who was attempting to steal second and got considerable help defensively from senior shortstop Mikki Zick, an honorable mention All-Met, and senior second baseman Erika Yates.
"We've been playing great defense all year, we've been hitting the ball well, and we have consistent pitching," Ott said. "It's not a secret: People have seen us play, and they know we don't have pitchers who are going to overpower them. But they consistently throw strikes and don't walk many people. If we can get [Turner Ashby] to just keep the ball in the park, then we have a chance."
Dragons Finish Strong
Notre Dame Academy defeated Greenbrier Christian, 8-5, to win the Virginia Independent Schools Division II baseball title Sunday in Colonial Heights, Va.
Pitchers Buddy and Anthony Sosnoskie, who are brothers, combined for the win against Greenbrier Christian, the tournament's top seed. Matt Burch and Cameron Scott each hit home runs in the middle innings, and Paul Heidler went 3 for 4 in leading the Dragons to their second consecutive state title.
The Dragons won their 12th game in a row and finished the season 30-12.