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Sunday, March 10, 2013

SATURDAY ROUNDUP: Jackets To Sweet Sixteen; PH Grad With Walk-Off Homer!

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Randolph-Macon made their second trip north in eight days to play WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Neither snow nor rain nor long bus rides would deter Coach Nathan Davis and his team's appointment with the Sweet Sixteen.

Joe Hassell had a huge night, pouring in 18 points to lead the Jackets past the Engineers 79-68, handing WPI only their 3rd loss of the year.  Double figures also were found by Lamar Giggetts and Connor Sullivan, as well as Marcus Badger.

The Jackets led most of the way, though they could never pull away.  Several WPI runs, especially in the second half, kept the Engineers within striking distance, at one point missing a chance to cut the Macon lead to just three.

When forced to foul the Jackets late to extend the game, Randolph-Macon converted. This combined with a total reliance by WPI's offense on three-point shots in the final minutes, not making many of them, sealed the win for the Jackets (21-9).

Sunday it will be announced the day and time of the Randolph-Macon Sweet Sixteen Matchup against #2 ranked Amherst College, likely to be held at Amherst, Massachusetts. This means in the span of two calendar weeks, the Jackets will have traveled by bus to and from the Bronx, NY, Worcester, Mass fighting a snowstorm, and now to Amherst, a town nestled more in northwestern Massachusetts and better known for being the home of the University of Massachusetts.

LeFrak Gymnasium, on the Amherst College campus, seats about 2,450 and, as the crow flies, is only a mile or two from the UMass football stadium.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: PH grad Katie Woody was the hero in the first of two games today as she slammed a walk-off, two-run homer in the bottom of the 8th to lead Randolph-Macon to a comeback 4-3 win over Wilkes University. The teams entered extra innings tied at 2-2 with Wilkes scoring one in their half of the frame before Woody's heroics at the SeaGull Classic in Salisbury, Maryland.

In the nightcap against Alleghany College, PH grad Madison Gilman started the offense with an RBI groundout to score Christa Simon. The Jackets added another in that first inning, one more in the second, then broke the game open with four runs in the fourth as "Scoop" Simon ripped a two-run single with the bases loaded to plate two, then pitcher Heather Lewis laced a double scoring two more.

The 9-1 win puts Randolph-Macon at 8-2 on the 2013 season. Lewis, the senior leader from Deep Run High School, pitched both games, extending her record to 6-1.

Next the Jackets make-up what would have been their season opening doubleheader with Averett, originally scheduled for February 22nd. First pitch for game one of the twinbill in Ashland is set for Thursday at 2:30pm.

HIGH SCHOOL: All four county baseball teams were in scrimmage action today as Atlee bested Meadowbrook, Patrick Henry defeated Monacan, Lee-Davis defeated Midlothian and Hanover was victorious over Marple Newtown High School from Pennsylvania.

In softball action, Dinwiddie defeated Lee-Davis.  The Patrick Henry softball team spent the morning working feverishly to get their field in regular season shape. They will get to make up one scrimmage postponed due to weather when they play Caroline in Ashland Monday at 5pm. The 2012 State Runner-Up, led by new head coach Shelby Webb, will open the 2013 season with back-to-back home games, Thursday at 6pm in the Colonial District against Maggie Walker Governors School, then Friday at 6pm in a county rival game with Atlee!

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