In The Red Zone: Ken Wakefield

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Great Road Trip for Confederates; PH Softball Survives...

The buses leaving Atlee Tuesday night for Lee-Davis were filled with satisfied baseball and softball players and coaches.

Michael Thomas pitched a complete game, striking out eight while scattering five hits as Lee-Davis took a half-game lead in the Capital District with a 5-1 victory over Atlee. A four-run fourth inning fueled the Confederate offense, as Lee-Davis moves to 5-1 in the Capital, 9-4 overall. Cam Maxey took the loss for the Raiders.

With Hanover's game at home against Henrico postponed 24 hours due to field conditions, the three-way tie for the Capital District lead is gone. Hanover can tie Lee-Davis again for the lead with a Wednesday night win.

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On the next field to the north, the Lee-Davis softball team came to Atlee riding a nine-game winning streak, as both teams were tied atop the Capital standings. Sparkling defense, masterful pitching from freshman Lauren McIntyre, and a big seventh inning at the plate gave the Confederates a 6-0 road win and sole possession of first place in the District.

McIntyre struck out five and scattered five hits for the complete game victory. Atlee's Jessica Holte also pitched well, but allowed four runs in the seventh to break open a tight, 2-0 game. Lacie Madison had two hits, an RBI and scored a run, while Casey Price plated twice.

Atlee (5-1, 9-2) welcomes Varina Friday night for a game with, suddenly, big importance to keep the Raiders within striking distance of Lee-Davis in the standings. The Confederates (6-0, 10-1) will go out-of-district to face J.R. Tucker at home on Friday.

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Patrick Henry's top-ranked softball team traveled to Deep Run Tuesday evening, scored a run in the first, then held on behind the usual strong pitching performance of Emma Mitchell, beating the Wildcats 1-0. Sam Moore drove in the lone run of the game. The Wildcats outhit the Patriots 4-3, but committed three errors.

Patrick Henry, now 9-0 in the Colonial, 12-0 overall, return to Ashland Friday to face Hermitage.

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