Area briefs: SU softball advances in ODAC tourney

Posted: April 27, 2013

From Star staff reports

SALEM — The Shenandoah University softball team won its first-ever ODAC Tournament contest Friday afternoon with an 8-0 win over Randolph.

The Hornets (25-17) eliminate the Wildcats (26-16) with the victory.

The triumph also advances SU, who lost 7-6 Roanoke earlier in the day, to an 11 a.m. Saturday morning contest against the loser of the No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan vs No. 4 Randolph-Macon game.

Shenandoah ended the game in the bottom of the sixth due to the NCAA mercy rule – Heather Sink drove in senior Denise Mitchell from third base with a two-out single up the middle for the final run of the game.

Brittany Guepe and Mitchell had started off the frame with bunt singles before Morgan Coble reached on a fielder's choice that cut down Guepe at first base and Kimberly Brady flied to center.

SU scored one run in the first, four in the third and two in the fourth to set up Sink to end the game early.

In the third, Coble, Sink, Erica Kondzielawa and Lauren McCabe all had RBI singles.

Brady had a two-run dinger in the fourth to put the Hornets just one run away from ending the game early.

The offense was more than enough for junior Stephanie Cameron (16-5), who scattered four hits in the complete game victory. Cameron also struck out three.

Guepe had four of the Hornets 14 hits with Mitchell, Sink and McCabe posting two each.

Coble, Brady and Sink drove in two runs each.

Baseball

Falcons 6, Eagles 0

WOODSTOCK — Hayden Bauserman limited Clarke County to one hit as Central defeated the Eagles in a Bull Run District game.

Senior catcher Keith Hummer broke up Bauserman’s no-hitter in the seventh inning with a single and finished 1 for 2 with a walk and a stolen base.

Freshman pitcher Cody Santmyer took the loss for Clarke County (5-9, 2-6 Bull Run), allowing five runs, three of them earned, in 21/3 innings.

Softball

Eagles 11, Falcons 5

WOODSTOCK — Sarah Herndon went all seven innings and Clarke County totaled 13 hits in a win over Central on the road Friday.

Helen Good finished 3 for 3 with three doubles and two RBIs, Lexi Call went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs, Olivia Gore belted a two-run home run and Allie Hicks hit a solo shot for the Eagles (10-3, 6-2 Bull Run) in the win.

Applemen 20, Colonels 5

WINCHESTER — With neither team throwing its ace there was plenty of offense between James Wood and Musselman (W.Va.) in a non-district game Friday.

The Colonels (6-8) totaled 11 hits on the night but it wasn’t nearly enough as the visiting Applemen totaled 22 hits, three home runs and blew the game open with 10 runs in the seventh inning.

Jessy Shipman finished 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored, Hayley Whitacre went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Whitney Dick went 2 for 3 with two runs scored.

Sophomore Victoria Armel took the loss in the circle, lasting three innings before being relieved by classmate Taylor Rizzari.

Boys’ Soccer

Warriors 4, Eagles 1

BEALETON — Thomas Buono found the back of the net twice to help lead Sherando to a non-district win over Liberty Friday.

The Warriors (9-1-1) also got scores from Collin Ellias and Cullen Croson and goalkeeper Rodrigo Casteriana recorded four saves in the win.

Girls’ Soccer

Eagles 8, Falcons 0

WOODSTOCK — Four different players found the back of the net for Clarke County in a rout of Central on the road Friday.

The Eagles (11-0, 9-0 Bull Run) got four goals and two assists from Aubrey Fletcher, two goals from Sara Clark and a goal apiece from Jordan Childs and Kati Kotka.

Morgan Fletcher tallied two assists and keeper Jessie Ambrosio, one save, recorded the shutout.

College Baseball

Hornets knocked out of ODAC Tournament

LYNCHBURG – Shenandoah University saw its ODAC Baseball Tournament hopes end Friday afternoon with a 4-3 loss to Bridgewater College.

The Hornets (27-12) were one strike away from a one-run win over the top-seeded Eagles (29-10), only to see BC steal the victory with two singles, two hit batsman and a bases-loaded walk.

Freshman Michael Scimanico (5-1), who came on in relief of classmate Cameron Lundmark with two outs and a runner on first hit the first two batters he faced and then walked ODAC Player of the Year Nick Fulk on four pitches to tie the game.

Brian Sanderson then had an infield single up the middle to allow designated hitter Derrik Walling to score the game-winning run.

Shenandoah had appeared to be in control of the contest as freshman Billy Arens, making just his second start at shortstop this season, had a one-out single through the left side in the seventh to score Andrew Creamer with the Hornets third run.

Creamer had led off the SU seventh with a double down the leftfield line.

Lundmark, who had taken over for classmate Darrell Thompson in the fourth, was cruising by scattering two hits and striking out two prior to the ninth.

The freshman then got a fly out and a strikeout in the ninth before allowing a Christian Armstrong single to keep BC in the contest. SU skipper Kevin Anderson turned to Scimanico in an attempt to close it out, but the frosh could not record the 27th out.

Creamer and Corbin Lucas both had two hits for the victors with Lucas scoring the Hornets first run and driving in the second on a sixth inning single up the middle.

Bridgewater had four players with two hits each.

Two Hornets make All-ODAC third team

FOREST — Shenandoah University had a pair of baseball players earn All-ODAC honors in selections announced Friday by the league office.

Sophomore Corbin Lucas and freshman Michael Scimanico were named to the third team at outfield and relief pitcher, respectively.

Lucas is the Hornets leading hitter, posting a .368 average with 57 hits in 155 at-bats.

Lucas also has a team-high 33 RBI and is second with 15 doubles.

Scimanico, a southpaw, has a co-team-high five wins and has also saved three contests this spring.

He has 35 strikeouts in 312/3 innings pitched and a 3.69 ERA.