-- Top-ranked Stonewall Jackson drilled Mills Godwin, 9-0, and No. 7 Madison crept past Kempsville, 1-0, Friday night in the Virginia AAA softball semifinals -- both on two-hitters -- setting up the first all-Northern Virginia state championship since 1990.
The Stonewall-Madison game, set for 6 p.m. Saturday at the new Stoney Run Athletic Complex, is a rematch of a state semifinal from last year, won 2-0 by Stonewall.
The championship game will mark just the second time in 27 years of AAA softball championships that two teams from Northern Virginia have squared off in the final. Chantilly beat Oakton in the 1990 title game. No Northern Virginia team has won the crown since Centreville in 1995.
Amid a game-long drizzle in the second semi, Madison junior Lauren Frankiewicz hurled her seventh two-hitter of the season and her 15th shutout to stave off Virginia Beach school Kempsville (25-4). She struck out 13 and did not encounter trouble until the final two innings. The Chiefs got a runner to third with two outs in the sixth and put runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh before a game-ending groundout.
"Lauren right now is on fire," Madison Coach Tammi Talley said. "I haven't seen anybody like her want it like she does right now. . . . To me, she's 10 times better than she was last year" when she faced Stonewall in the state semis.
The Warhawks (25-4), winners of six state titles, most recently in 1989, scored in the fifth when sophomore Jenny Matthews singled, took second on a single by senior Amanda Shanklin, moved to third on a sacrifice by sophomore Kim McCarthy and raced home on a pitch that got past the catcher.
"We knew the first team to score was going to take it," said Matthews, who scampered home in the 10th inning of a 1-0 win over Osbourn in the state quarterfinals Tuesday.
Stonewall (26-2), which has lost in the state final the past two seasons as well as in 1996 title game, had no trouble eliminating previously unbeaten Mills Godwin (23-1) in the first semifinal. The Raiders hammered USA Today's 16th-ranked team for nine hits in support of senior Courtney Bures, who threw a two-hitter in the first game at the new softball facility.
The top four batters in the Stonewall lineup -- junior Amanda Burk, Bures and juniors Jessie Green and Katie Speaks -- went a combined 7 for 10 with all nine RBI, six runs scored and four walks.
"Because we scored on them early [single runs in the first two innings], I think they got rattled, especially not having been here before," said Speaks, who had four RBI. "We've been here before. We know what it's about, and they don't."
"We were in attack mode today," said Bures, who called it perhaps the team's finest all-around performance of the season.