LYNCHBURG — William Byrd relief pitcher Tyler Dean escaped a bases-loaded jam by getting Noah Robbins to pop out and the eighth-seeded Terriers shocked Liberty Christian by claiming a 4-3 victory in the quarterfinal round of the Region 4D baseball tournament Wednesday.
LCA, the region’s top seed and defending state champion, ends its season with a 17-1 record.
The Bulldogs trailed 4-2 heading to the seventh and Dean recorded two quick outs before LCA started a rally.
Wesley Clark (1 for 2) drew a walk and pinch-runner Bryce Becker advanced to second on a single by Emmanuel Johnson (3 for 4).
Pell Collins (2 for 4) delivered a double to left that scored Becker and advanced Johnson to third.
Jacob Williams was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Robbins was unable to come through as he popped out to shortstop.
Byrd’s Bryce Boothe allowed two runs in the first inning, but shut down LCA’s potent lineup over the next five innings. He scattered five hits and struck out three in six innings.
Dylan Hatfield hit a two-run double in the first inning and a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Jefferson Forest 12, Pulaski County 4
FOREST — The No. 3-seed Cavaliers scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to a Region 4D first-round win.
The big hit of the inning was a bases-loaded double by Jaylen Calloway, which cleared the bases.
Hunter Morrison drove in three runs and scored one and Luke Fowler went 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored for Forest.
Chris Remington went 3 for 4 with an RBI and Hunter Shrewsbury hit a two-run double for the Cougars.
Blacksburg 5, Salem 4
BLACKSBURG — Katie Currin took the first pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning out of the park for a walk-off home run as second-seeded Blacksburg downed seventh-seeded Salem in the quarterfinals.
Currin scored two runs, and Emily Fugate had two hits for and scored a run for the Bruins. Winning pitcher Robyn Mann threw a complete game, giving up four runs off eight hits with five strikeouts.
Salem pitcher Reagan Owens threw a complete game, scattering seven hits and striking out eight.
Lauren Moran had a solo homer for the Spartans.
Blacksburg trailed 3-0 going into the bottom of the sixth, but scored four times to take a 4-3 lead. Salem then tied the score in the top of the seventh.
William Byrd 7, Liberty Christian 4
Ellasen Spangler drove in three runs to lead the top-seeded Terriers over the Bulldogs in the first round of the Region 4D tournament.
Jad Karns and Mara Strum each added RBIs for William Byrd, which hosts Amherst County in the semifinals.
Cassidy Goggins led Liberty Christian with a three-run homer.
Carroll County 6, Bassett 5
HILLSVILLE — Laken Crockett had two hits and scored three runs, and Emily Cook went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, as the Cavaliers edged the Bengals to advance to the semifinals.
Katie McKenzie added two hits and an RBI for Carroll County, which will travel to Blacksburg next Tuesday for the semifinals.
Carly Nelson had a two-run homer and Kailynn Parks added an RBI for Bassett.
Lord Botetourt 13, Christiansburg 0
DALEVILLE — Lauren Hoffman had two RBI-doubles and two sacrifice flies, and Hannah Mundy added two hits and two RBIs to lead the Cavaliers (16-4) to a first-round win over the Blue Demons.
Kloe Bacon added a two-run home run and one more RBI for Lord Botetourt, which plays the winner of Thursday’s game between Cave Spring and Patrick County.
Winning pitcher Meredith Wells allowed three hits and two walks, whicl stricking out eight.
Harley Dove, Alliyah Benson and Abby Boyd had hits for Christiansburg.
Eastern Montgomery 12, Narrows 2, 5 inn.
ELLISTON — Winning pitcher Erica Shrewsbury went 3 for 3 with four RBIs and gave up one earned run to lead the Mustangs in a game that qualified them for the Region 1C tournament.
Shrewbury gave up six hits, with eight strikeouts and three walks to lead the Mustangs over the Green Wave.
Cindy Lane went 2 for 2 with an RBI and Annalyse McHone was 2 for 3 and scored twice for East Mont.
Fred Short and Kailyn Sheally had two hits and scored a run each with Sheally driving in a run.
With the win, the Mustangs qualify for the Region 1C tournament and will travel to Auburn Monday for a first round matchup.
MOUNTAIN EMPIRE DISTRICT TOURNAMENT
Auburn 18, Fort Chiswell 0, 5 inn.
INDEPENDENCE — Cortney Cochran went 3 for 3, including a three-run homer to lead the Eagles (19-0) to a semifinal win over the Pioneers.
With her home run, Cochran set the school record for most homers in a season with eight.
Rachel Harding went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and a solo homer and Lacy Bishop hit a two-run shot for Auburn.
Winning pitcher Skyler DeHart threw a one-hitter with eight strikeouts in four innings.
Skyler Carroll got the lone hit for Fort Chiswell.
Auburn plays Galax Thursday for the district championship.
Patrick Henry 3, Orange County 0
Sedrick Kilosho scored two goals and Kalefa Boyar added one as the No. 3-seeded Patriots (13-5) knocked off the sixth-seeded Hornets in first round of the Region 5D tournament.
Patrick Henry travels to Harrisonburg Friday for a second-round game.
Blacksburg 5, Pulaski County 0
BLACKSBURG — Tate Pospichal scored three goals and dished out an assist, Bailey Prosser had one goal and one assist and Sam Schott added a goal to lead the Bruins (17-0) to a first-round win.
Alex Mills added two assists for Blacksburg.
Keeper Derek Akers posted 14 saves for the Cougars (6-9-2).
The Bruins host Liberty Christian Tuesday in the semifinals.
PIONEER DISTRICT TOURNAMENT
Covington 0, Craig County 0
(Covington wins 4-3 on PK)
BUENA VISTA — Benny Elmore scored the game-winning goal in the penalty shootout as the Cougars defeated the Rockets in the Pioneer District semifinals, held at Southern Virginia University.
Covington will face either Parry McCluer or Bath County in the final.
William Fleming 1, Halifax 1
(Halifax 3-1 PKs)
SOUTH BOSTON — The Comets outscored the Colonels 3-1 in penalty kicks to pick up a first-round Region 5D win.
Beatriz Munoz scored an unassisted goal for Fleming (3-14-1) and freshman goalie Natalie Overstreet posted 22 saves.
Galax’s Hutchins wins singles title
BLACKSBURG — Noah Hutchins of Galax clinced a spot in the Boys Class 2/1 state singles semifinals by winning the Region 2C/1C title on Wednesday at Virginia Tech.
Hutchings did not drop a set, topping Parry McCluer’s Zack Wright, Glenvar’s Zach Chittum and Narrows; Hunter Orey to claim the title.
Halifax County 5, Patrick Henry 4
SOUTH BOSTON — A 13-hour round trip turned into a season-ending loss for the Patriots as the Blue Comets outlasted two rain delays and won two doubles matches in a region quarterfinal that ended at 11:40 p.m. Tuesday.
Ellianna Stratton and Kendall Kelly won at the top two singles spots for PH, and they teamed for a victory at No. 1 doubles. Sarah Riddle added the other win for PH at No. 5 singles.
Ashley Collins and Ashley Day closed out the match for Halifax with a win at No. 3 doubles over Kunika Tiwari and Riddle.
Elliana Stratton (PH) d. Kassidy Irby, 6-0, 6-2; Kendall Kelly (PH) d. Kendall Foushee, 6-2, 6-3; Dejah Britton (Hal) d. Grace Whitehead, 6-4, 1-6, (10-7); Yasmine Ferrell (Hal) d. Kunika Tiwari, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1; Sarah Riddle (PH) d. Ashley Collins, 1-6, 6-0, 10-6; Rose Ruotolo-Sarnataro (Hal) d. Maddy Taylor, 6-1, 7-5.
Stratton and Kelly (PH) d. Irby and Foushee, 6-3, 6-4; Britton and Ferrell (Hal) d. Whitehead and Emery Perry, 6-4, 6-0; Collins and Ashley Day (Hal) d. Tiwari and Riddle, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5.
Cave Spring 5, Alleghany 0
The Knights lost just two games in the five completed matches to advance to Thursday’s noon Region 3D final, where they will host Abingdon.
Reagan Delp (CS) d. Kate Beirne 6-0,6-0; Caitlin Carter (CS) d. Hannah Porterfield 6-0,6-0; Grace Holderman (CS) d. Aysha Wright 6-0,6-0; Nandini Sriram (CS) d. Tori Meeks 6-0,6-0; Josie Beheler (CS) d. Kara Via 6-1,6-1.
Radford 5, Giles 1
BLACKSBURG — Logan Graham started things off with a 6-2, 6-3 win in No. 1 singles, and the Bobcats went on to capture the Region 2C championship, played at Virginia Tech.
Isabella Jimenez defeated Mallory Wood 6-4, 6-3 for the sole Spartans’ victory.
Logan Graham (R) d. Quinne Jimenez 6-2,6-3; Isabella Jimenez (G) d. Mallory Wood 6-4, 6-3; Keeleigh Cormany (R) d. Emma Freeborn 6-4, 6-2; Kathleen Revwer (R) d. Jillian Midkiff 6-0, 6-0; Sarah Ward (R) d. Jadan Robertson 6-2, 3-6, 6-4; Harper Minarik (R) d. Madison Gilmer 6-0, 6-2.
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