How About . . . The offensive contributions of Sarah Schultz and Julianne Sudduth?
Osbourn senior All-Met Brittany Lansdowne went 2 for 2 with two runs and a sacrifice bunt in the 3-2 home win over Hanover in the Virginia AAA quarterfinal Tuesday, but it was two less-heralded Eagles -- junior left fielder Sarah Schultz and senior reserve Julianne Sudduth -- who each knocked in runs.
Schultz tripled to the right field corner to drive in the No. 1 Eagles' second run, and Sudduth laid down a suicide squeeze in the sixth to score what proved to be the game-winner for Osbourn (26-0).
Hanover (19-7) rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh and had the bases loaded when the game ended.
"Sarah's been hitting the ball hard all year," Osbourn Coach Renee Leake said. "We just haven't had anybody on [base] to work with."
Sudduth made her usual pregame contribution -- she sang the national anthem. (Her brother, Brad, a junior on the baseball team, did likewise before his game).
"Standing up there with a microphone, definitely," Sudduth said when asked which was more nerve-wracking, singing the anthem or laying down a bunt with a teammate already headed for home.
"[When singing], I know there are [hundreds] of people watching me. When I'm up to bat, you just do what you have to do."
-- PRESTON WILLIAMS