Two teams take home Region Championship trophies tonight, as Hanover baseball shut out Grafton 2-0 in the 4A South title game, while Patrick Henry topped Briar Woods 6-2 on the road in the 5A North Softball Championship game.
Grey Lyttle and Matthew Corley combined on a shutout, as Lyttle struck out six over his three innings, then Corley entered to do the rest as the Hawks (19-2) plated runs in the third and fourth innings for the victory. John Gregory's two-out double in the third scored Cayman Richardson, while Jakob Pridemore's single in the fourth scored Elliot Sledd, who singled to start the frame.
Hanover advances to next Friday's State 4A Semifinals at Liberty University in Lynchburg.
Meanwhile, the Patriots opened up a 4-1 lead at Briar Woods, then rode the arm of Candace Whittemore, who completed 21 innings of work in 5A North Region play by allowing just three runs as Patrick Henry moved to 18-1 on the season. Briana Woody had an important two-run double in the top of the seventh to put the game away, as Briar Woods did mount a brief seventh-inning rally, but only scored once.
The Patriots take on Great Bridge, 5A South Region runners-up, next Friday at 7pm at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Fairfax County in the State 5A Semifinals, looking for their second trip to a state final in three years. Patrick Henry lost 3-2 in 10 innings to Cosby in the 2012 State Group AAA Championship Game.
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