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Freshman outfielder Kaylee Coker and senior outfielder Skyla Williams avoid a collision during the Lady Dragons’ game with Warren County. Coker made the catch for the out.
SoVaNow.com / June 12, 2019


The Park View Lady Dragons traveled to Front Royal on Tuesday, June 4 to face the Warren County High Lady Wildcats in the quarterfinals of the VHSL Class 3 state softball tournament and came away empty-handed, falling 4-0.

The Lady Dragons opened the first inning auspiciously when shortstop Carson Wall led off with a single to left. Shortly after that first baseman Grayson Hudson reached on an error by the Wildcat shortstop, putting runners at first and second. Unfortunately that’s where they stayed as the next batter for Park View, Alyssa Berryman, hit a fly ball to right that was caught for the out and Emma Jo Wolfe then grounded out to second.

Warren County got off to a fast start when second baseman M. Coons led off the Wildcat side with a walk, was advanced by M. Stiltner’s base hit to left field and then scored on an RBI double by J. Saulsbury. Park View starting pitcher Emma Jo Wolfe then induced three fly outs in a row to end the inning and leaving a pair of Wildcats stranded in scoring position.

The Lady Dragons went three up, three down in the top of the second as the Wildcat pitcher, E. Keener found her rhythm. Lady Dragons Skyla Williams and DeeDee Cliborne bookended the side with strikeouts while Erin Bailey hit a hard grounder to third but couldn’t beat the throw.

The Dragon defense held firm until the bottom of the fourth inning when Wildcat first baseman S. Haffen sent a shot to deep left for a double, followed by an RBI double to right by third baseman R. Young. Outfielder K. Crabill then sent a grounder up the middle for an RBI double and then she was sent home by a single to right that resulted in an exciting play at home. The Dragons got out of the inning without further mishap, but the damage had been done and the Wildcats were in possession of a 4-0 lead.

The Dragons couldn’t muster any offense until the top of the seventh when Alyssa Berryman led off the side with a grounder to left for a single. Emma Wolfe and Skyla Williams were put out and then Erin Bailey rapped a two-out single to left putting base runners at first and second for the Dragons. But with two outs, the Dragons failed to capitalize and the game ended with the Wildcats moving on to the semi-finals and the Lady Dragons season coming to an end.

Lady Dragon head coach Dean Crutchfield stated, “I just want to congratulate our team for a successful season. I also want to wish our seniors all the best going forward.”





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