RICHMOND, JUNE 1 -- Chantilly High School held its prom tonight, and the softball team missed it because it was playing in the Virginia Group AAA semifinals.

But the players found consolation, easily defeating Varina, 7-0, at the Henrico complex to advance to Saturday's championship game at 3 p.m.

"We were missing the prom," said winning pitcher Scarlett Bowen. "So we said to ourselves we have to win tonight and bring home the banner."

In the other semifinal, Oakton made it an all-Northern Region championship as the Cougars squeaked past Lee-Davis, 1-0, on an adjacent field.

The final will be a rematch of the region final, won by Chantilly, 9-2, in the rain.

"We were thinking about this {Lee-Davis} game," said Oakton catcher Keli Faria. "But all we really thought was: 'We want Chantilly.' They beat us in the region, but it was in the rain and I don't think it was real."

Chantilly also defeated Oakton during the regular season, and when Chargers Coach Chris Ake was asked if it would be difficult to beat a team three times she said: "Not if you're a better team."

Chantilly was the far better team tonight as Bowen recorded 11 strikeouts in six innings and the Chargers amassed 15 hits against pitching that was far slower than what they have come to expect in the Northern Region.

Kim Lauderdale, in softball her first year after playing soccer for two years, led the Chargers with four hits, including a run-scoring double in the first inning.

"I do better against faster pitchers," she said. "I was happy with my performance tonight because I had to slow everything down."

All-Met left fielder Shannon Williams, who not only missed the prom but also today's All-Met luncheon, had three hits. Stephanie Halder, who was making her first start since contracting mononucleosis at the beginning of the year, had two hits, including a three-run home run in the third inning.

Halder's home run was preceded by four consecutive hits. With one out Williams doubled to left, but was caught trying to steal third. Carmen Shoffner, who came on to get some pitching practice in relief of Bowen in the seventh inning, followed with a single to right field.

Michelle Shaw hit a pop-up in the infield that nobody really tried for and Lauderdale got her second RBI of the game, a single to right that scored Shoffner. Halder then hit a drive over left fielder Ellen Strickland's head and rounded the bases with ease to give Chantilly a 5-0 lead.

Oakton had nowhere near the same success at the plate as Chantilly, but pitcher Lorri Williams had a strong outing to make up for it.

She gave up only three hits against no walks and struck out seven to earn her 16th win.

"My arm hurt in the beginning of the game," she said. "But I made an adjustment and I felt good compared to what I was doing in recent games."

The Cougars' offense was unable to make such quick adjustments, however, and struggled against the slow pitches of Julee Durbin.

Heidi Jenkins led off the game with a single and Oakton didn't get another hit until the fifth inning. It finished with three.

"I knew we would have trouble hitting because we're not used to the slow pitching," said Oakton Coach Sandy Reynolds. "The kids were too anxious . . . and they were all reaching for the ball."

Durbin's single in the first inning provided enough spark for the Cougars to score their only run.

Kirsten Reller sacrificed Durbin to second and Kirsten Reynolds hit a grounder to left-handed shortstop Becky McGhee, who threw wildly to first. The ball skipped away to the fence and Jenkins came around to send the Cougars to the final.