North Stafford hangs on to beat Spotsylvania

SPOTSYLVANIA — Freshman Brittany Lovejoy made a diving catch in the outfield and shortstop Erin West caught a line drive to start a game-ending double play on Wednesday as North Stafford’s softball team held on for a 5-4 victory over Spotsylvania.

The Wolverines (2-0) built a 5-2 and then weathered a seventh-inning rally by the Knights, who went 9-1 to capture the Battlefield District championship last season.

Sharon Higgins earned her second varsity victory in the pitcher’s circle, allowing seven hits and one walk in seven innings.

The Wolverines’ offense produced 10 hits, including a two-run triple by West and an RBI double by catcher Jennie Lincoln.

Jessica Merrill, Higgins and Katy Ashinhurst had two hits each for North Stafford.


POTOMAC 10, BROOKE POINT 2: Potomac started with a few runs here and there and eventually got its offense going in a 10-2 non-district baseball win over Brooke Point on Wednesday.

After single runs in the first and third innings, the Panthers (2-0) scored twice in fourth and five times in the sixth.

Bobby Potter led the way with a single, double, a triple and three runs on the way to a 3-for-4 day. Matt Rainbolt went 2 for 4 with three runs batted in, and Denny Prince drove in a run with a triple.

Starter John Adams kept the Black-Hawks in check, throwing six innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out 11.

POTOMAC FALLS 4, BRENTSVILLE 2: Mistakes proved costly in the Tigers’ non-district season opener: Brentsville gave up four unearned runs in the first four innings and left eight men on base in the game.

That included the top of the seventh, when Brentsville had the bases loaded with two outs.

Both Tiger runs came in the fourth inning, on run-scoring singles by Brian Mittong and Paul Hadjy. Jeff White finished the day 2 for 3 with a double.

Brentsville returns to action on Friday, when they host Notre Dame Academy.


COURTLAND 5, BRENTSVILLE 1: Richie Green scored four goals as Courtland spoiled Brentsville’s season opener.

For Brentsville, Dan Heiser scored an unsassisted goal. The Tigers were outshot, 23-9.

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