LYNCHBURG, VA., MAY 30 -- Heritage Coach Dennis Knight knows that teams that play opportunistic baseball most often will succeed.

Unfortunately for Heritage, defending state champion W.T. Woodson fit that description better today, stopping the Pioneers, 2-1, at Al Worthington Field in a Virginia state AAA quarterfinal game. The Cavaliers (21-4) next play Douglass Freeman, 3-0 winners over Hampton, at Highland Springs in Richmond on Friday.

The Pioneers (15-9) had little opportunities to make the most of: T.J. Jones (6-0) and Doug Newstrom combined for a three-hitter.

For now Knight is left to wonder what could have happened if his team had put the ball in play in a few key situations. Heritage scored in the second, on a sacrifice fly by Micki Lee that scored David Hall, but could have done more damage. A walk to Shawn O'Neil with two out loaded the bases, but Mike Martin struck out.

"We had our chances to score some runs early, and against this type of competition when you don't take advantage of it, chances are you'll end up on the short end," Knight said. "We had the bases loaded and we got the number two hitter up. You expect to make things happen."

Heritage also got a runner to second with none out in the sixth. Hall led off with a walk from reliever Newstrom, who had just entered the game, and reached second on a passed ball. Newstrom regained control, however, and struck out the side.

Heritage left-hander Jason Jamerson allowed only six hits and struck out two. He started the third inning by giving up a single and two walks, but picked off a runner and struck out Newstrom. Jones singled to right, however, to score Jeff Rutledge, and Mike Woolever's grounder to third was misplayed, bringing in Charlie Kim.

"They {his players} have been drilled enough to know and when to do it," Woodson Coach Lee Knupp said. "The kids know how to win."

Jones came back in to pitch the seventh after Newstrom stepped off the mound between innings and sprained his ankle.