Fourth-ranked Broad Run and Potomac Falls played to a 3-3 tie in boys' soccer last night in Ashburn, but both teams came away relatively happy.
Broad Run (14-1-1, 11-1-1) clinched the Virginia AA Dulles District championship by rallying from a 2-1 halftime deficit to take a 3-2 lead. The Spartans had chances but couldn't put away Potomac Falls, which tied it on senior Bill Kirchner's perfectly placed 30-yard shot in the 75th minute.
"We wanted to come out and win, but we're district champions, and that's big," said Spartans senior Adam McDaniel.
Meantime, second-place Potomac Falls (11-2-2, 9-2-2) proved to itself that it could hang with the district's best. The Panthers entered the game having gone 1-2-1 over their last four games after opening the season 10-0.
Austin Hurd struck out 12 and went 2 for 4 as Gaithersburg defeated Walter Johnson, 3-1, in eight innings in a Maryland 4A West Region first-round baseball game. The Trojans will host No. 9 Damascus on Monday in a region quarterfinal. . . .
Richard Montgomery junior Brendan Clark struck out 11 Blake batters and drove in the game's only run with a two-out, sixth-inning single in a 4A West Region first-round game. Clark's hit was the only one allowed by Blake pitcher Kevin Cassady.
Howard County school Reservoir, in its first year of varsity play, notched its first softball playoff victory with a wild 19-18 win over Southern in a Maryland 2A South Region first-round game. Caitlin Street's walk -- the 22nd of the game -- with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh brought home the winning run. Corey Williams, who earlier tied the game at 18 with a single, scored the game-winner. Another Reservoir highlight was Kate O'Brien's over-the-fence home run, the first in school history.
-- Sean P. Flynn, Josh Barr
and Daniel Lyght