A May 29 Sports article incorrectly identified Kelly Morris as the shortstop for the Lake Braddock High School softball team in Friday's game against Oakton. Anna Puglisi played shortstop in that game. (Published 6/3/04)
Oakton 4, Lake Braddock 0
Despite batting seventh in the lineup, Oakton sophomore Rose Livingston often finds herself at the plate in critical situations. It happened again last night in a Virginia AAA Northern Region first-round softball game against Lake Braddock, and once again Livingston delivered, lifting the Cougars to a 4-0 victory in Vienna.
With two outs in the fourth inning of a scoreless game and runners on second and third, Livingston singled between first and second to score Jen Francis and Becky Anderson. In the bottom of the sixth, she smacked a line-drive single to right field to score Francis for the fourth run.
"I was just trying to put the ball in play," Livingston said. "In situations like that, sometimes it comes out well. And at other times, it doesn't."
Oakton (18-5) advances to the quarterfinals to face Langley at 11 a.m. Monday at Falls Church High. The Saxons defeated Yorktown, 3-2. Lake Braddock completed its season at 18-5.
While Livingston was turning in a stellar performance at the plate, Oakton sophomore pitcher Jessie McCarrick did so from the mound. McCarrick tossed a one-hitter with six strikeouts and one walk.
McCarrick yielded the hit in the fifth inning with two outs, but then induced the next batter to pop out to second. Only one Lake Braddock batter advanced to scoring position; outfielder Caitlin Delaney did so on a walk and a fielder's choice grounder.
"Their pitcher is pretty solid, and we knew that it would be tough coming here," Lake Braddock Coach John Schneeberger said. "We just wanted to play good defense as long as we could. But errors allowed two unearned runs."
In the fourth inning, Francis led off by reaching base on an error. She stole second base and then moved to third on a groundout by McCarrick. Anderson walked and Livingston followed with her two-run single.
"At times when we need a hit and to get the ball in play, [Livingston] has done a great job," Oakton Coach Chris Jarboe said. "If you ask any of our coaches, she is our most clutch hitter on the team."
Lake Braddock senior pitcher Megan Baney finished with a five-hitter and got superb defensive efforts from shortstop Kelly Morris, who fielded six ground balls, included three straight in the third inning.