The No. 3 Broad Run softball team saw its 14-game winning streak and finest season in school history come to an end last night. Nansemond River of Suffolk scored a pair of first-inning runs and went on to blank the Ashburn school, 4-0, in a Virginia AAA state quarterfinal game at West Springfield High.
Broad Run (25-4), making its first Group AAA state tournament appearance, managed only four hits and stranded all eight of its base runners, with only one advancing past second base. The Spartans hit the ball out of the infield only twice and committed three errors.
"Unfortunately, we saved up all of our bad plays for one game," said Broad Run Coach Ed Steele, who is 117-45 in eight seasons. "We had been playing so well, but we lacked attention on a couple of plays [tonight]. We did things that we don't ordinarily do."
Broad Run, which suffered its only losing season under Steele last year, captured its first Liberty District and Northern Region tournament titles the past two weeks, behind freshman pitcher Christy Anch. Anch had thrown shutouts in six of the past seven games despite a sore pitching arm. She yielded nine hits and struck out nine last night and had two hits at the plate. Senior Charlene Kordon and freshman catcher Jessica Olownia had the other Spartans hits.
"We can complain about this game, but we have got to look back at what we have accomplished," Steele said. "I don't think anybody, including me, thought we would win the Northern Region with a freshman pitcher and catcher."
LOUDOUN VALLEY 7, LOUISA COUNTY 1: In a Group AA state quarterfinal, senior Jennifer Potts, a two-time all-Northwestern player of the year, struck out nine and yielded three hits and no walks to lead the Vikings in Purcellville. Potts also went 2 for 4 at the plate with a run and RBI.
Loudoun Valley will play Rustburg, which is outside Lynchburg, in a semifinal Friday at Moyer Sports Complex in Salem at 8 p.m.
H.D. WOODSON 13, COOLIDGE 8: A grand slam by junior left fielder Antoinette Reese highlighted the Northeast Washington school's six-run fourth inning in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association East semifinals in Takoma Park.
The Warriors (10-0) trailed the Colts, 7-2, before rallying behind Reese (2 for 2, 2 walks), who blasted her 21st home run of the season. Sophomore infielders Paula Callohan and Tamesha Pearson each went 4 for 4, and freshman pitcher Shavon Newton had seven strikeouts for Woodson, which advances to play Wilson in the league's championship Thursday at Randall Park in Southeast Washington. In a DCIAA West semifinal in Takoma Park, Wilson, the two-time defending champion, defeated Anacostia, 17-2.