Fuqua Softball Stuns Kenston Forest

Published 3:53 pm Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Fuqua School softball team pulled off the biggest upset of the season in the Virginia Commonwealth Conference last Thursday with a 2-1 victory over Kenston Forest.

The Kavaliers, the two-time Virginia Independent Schools Softball Association Division III State Champion, had a VCC win streak of over 60 games heading into Thursday's contest in Blackstone.

The victory, despite an 8-6 loss to Tidewater Academy on Friday, gave the Falcons the fourth seed entering this week's VCC Tournament.

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The Falcons held the tiebreaker over Amelia Academy and Tidewater, due to Thursday's victory over Kenston Forest, and was scheduled to host AA on Tuesday in the quarterfinals (weather permitting).

Fuqua scored both of its runs in the fourth inning. Katie Haney singled and stole second, before moving up to third on a fielder's choice out by Jordan Pepper. Haney, who is 22-22 this season on stolen base attempts, scored Fuqua's first run on a squeeze bunt single by Mary Grace Amos.

Amos was moved to second on a bunt single by Kari Davis, and later scored on a double by Caroline Bryant.

Kenston Forest scored its lone run on a solo home run by Eva Watson, and the Falcons dodged a big bullet in the bottom of the sixth.

Kenston Forest had the bases loaded with no outs, but Haney snared two line drives at third base, and fielded a grounder and tagged the runner advancing to third to record the final out of the inning and retire the threat.

Macie Ware went the distance for the Falcons in the circle. She gave up one run on six hits, walked one and struck out two KF batters. Fuqua's defense committed no errors on the afternoon, despite the low strikeout total.

The winner of the Fuqua/Amelia Academy contest will move on to the VCC Tournament Semifinals on Friday, and will play tournament host Kenston Forest.

Kenston Forest is hosting the semifinal and final rounds of both the VCC Baseball and Softball Tournaments this weekend.

Prince Edward Soccer Blanks Southampton

The Prince Edward County High School boys varsity soccer team defeated Southampton 4-0 last Thursday in Courtland.

The two teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first half, before Liam Burke hit from the right side to put the Eagles on the board about 10 minutes into the second half.

Prince Edward continued to pepper the Southampton goal with shots, and in the 67th minute Bryce Deitrich received a pass from Kyle Burns and chipped the ball over the defender to find the upper right corner of the net.

Six minutes later Burns collected his second assist when he dumped a pass to Deitrich, who plowed through the Indians' defense to score his second goal. Colton Sheehan scored PE's final goal of the afternoon to give the Eagles the 4-0 road victory.

PE was scheduled to host Park View on Wednesday evening at the PECHS Soccer/Track Complex.

Knights Seventh At Fluvanna Invitational

The Buckingham County High School boys track team finished seventh overall in the Fluvanna Invitational run last Friday in Palmyra.

Devin Smith won in the Shot Put, and was second in the Discus, while Daniel Braxton was fourth in the Shot Put.

Justin Ayres was fourth in the 110m High Hurdles, and the 4x400m Relay team of Matrice Foster, Stephan Chambers, Harold Stanton and Kenneth Johnson took fifth place in its event.

Buckingham was scheduled to run on Wednesday at Goochland, weather permitting, and the James River District will host its eight-team district meet on Monday, May 13 at 4:30 at Nottoway (field events) and Wednesday, May 15 at Goochland (track events).