South Lakes loses tough one to Langley
For the second time this season, South Lakes battled the Langley but came up short in a 5-3 loss.
Despite getting eight hits, the Seahawks couldn’t get them at the right times. Pitcher Billy McLaughlin put on a gritty performance while pitching a complete game.
Offensively, South Lakes was led by Ryan Forrest who had three hits, including a double to lead off the game. The Seahawks left him stranded — the first of six runners left in scoring position on the night.
After falling behind 3-0 in after the first inning, South Lakes broke through with an RBI single by McLaughlin in the third.
After the Saxons tacked an another run in the fifth, the Seahawks responded with two runs in the sixth after a leadoff double by Kyle King.
King scored on an errant throw by the pitcher and Austin Gibbons’ RBI ground out got South Lakes back within one.
After an insurance run by Langley in the bottom of the inning, the Seahawks had two men reach base in the last inning, but stranded them to end the game.
Girls’ lacrosse teams stick it to Cancer
On Friday, the 30 varsity girls’ lacrosse teams of the Northern Region will play their first round district tournament games at 14 different locations in support of breast cancer research and awareness.
Fundraising for this year’s tournament was left to each team from each school; donations can be made at Friday’s games.
Proceeds will be sent to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The 625-plus varsity athletes will take the field wearing the same ‘pink’ attire; unified in their support for this cause.
This multi-site, multi-team effort will be the first of its kind, and the Northern Region Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association plans for the fundraiser to become an annual event.
In the future, possible unified fundraising is under discussion, as well as expanding the tournament by joining together with the 30 boys’ lacrosse teams in Northern Region.
Madison falls to Stone Bridge
The Madison softball team was defeated on Friday night by Stone Bridge in a game that decided which team would claim first place in the Liberty District.
The Warhawks jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the first, but the Bulldogs would cruise to a 13-2 victory in five innings.
Sophomore Tori Lipnicky started off the game with a single, and freshman Jackie Yahner followed with an RBI triple. Sophomore Kat Olson then hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Yahner. Brittany Powers had Madison's only other hit on the night.
Pitcher Elizabeth Fallas gave up 11 runs (six earned) on nine hits, no walks and one strikeout, and Kelsey Ross pitched two innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on one hit and two walks.
James Madison welcomes two signees
James Madison head baseball coach Spanky McFarland announced the additions of junior college outfielder Tyler Gregory (Dothan, Ala) and pitcher Patrick Baker (Fairfax/Robinson Secondary) to the program for the 2012-13 academic year.
Baker entered his senior season at Robinson as a “High Honorable Mention” selection as a Rawlings Sporting Goods Preseason All-American. He is a four-year letterwinner in baseball and was an All-Concorde District selection as a junior.
He also was a two-time All-District honoree in football as a junior and a senior. His father, Pat Baker, pitched for the University of Maryland, and still holds a share of the program’s single-season wins record with eight in 1993.
McFarland called Baker “a kid who’s getting better all the time. He was ranked pretty highly on recruiting websites. He hit 90 mph on his fastball several times this spring. His stock is rising as a late bloomer, and we’re fortunate to get him this late.”
Baker and Gregory join four other players who signed with James Madison during the fall signing period in November. They include right-handed pitcher Michael Church (Burke/Lake Braddock), right-handed pitcher J.T. Root (Hagerstown, Md.), right-handed pitcher Trey Jones (Salisbury, Md.) and catcher Bobby San Martin (Fairfax/Centreville).
Champions to Collide at Patriot Center Boxing Event
In a battle of world champions, undefeated Tori Nelson (6-0-1) of Ashburn will defend her Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) Middleweight Title against Maria Lindberg (6-1-2) of Malmo, Sweden as the 10-round Co-Main Event on the Jimmy Lange Boxing card set for Saturday, June 23 at the Patriot Center
The card will also feature undefeated Fairfax junior welterweight Todd Wilson (13-0) going for his 14th straight victory with an eight-round contest against Winston Mathis (7-5-1) of Atlanta.
Nelson captured the WIBA Championship with an impressive win over Vashon Living last February in Fairfax.
Her biggest win to date came on July 29, 2011 in Trinidad and Tobago with a victory over Lorissa Rivas for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Middleweight Belt. A single mother of two teenagers who juggles jobs as a bus driver and cafeteria worker at Loudoun County’s Broad Run High School and waitressing at IHOP, Nelson has made a strong connection with her fans, both inside and outside of the ring.
Wilson, a former collegiate boxing champion and Virginia Military Institute graduate, has fought six times in front of hometown fans at the Patriot Center with victories against former world champion Eric Aiken and veteran Dean White. Wilson defeated Eric Burke by fourth-round TKO in his most recent fight held February 25, 2012 in Charlotte, NC.
Mathis is looking to bounce back after dropping his last fight to undefeated Chris Algieri on March 31, 2012 in Huntington, N.Y.
Fan favorite Jimmy Lange (38-4-2) of Great Falls is headlining his 15th show at the Fairfax venue, and will face Tony Jeter (13-3-1) of Stevensville, Md., in a 10-round bout.
Officials also announced that popular LA Boxing instructor Lawrence Jones (4-6-2,) of Reston and Gundrick King (16-8,) will fight in a six-round junior middleweight contest.
In a four-round heavyweight showdown, unbeaten Duane Mobley (2-0, 1 KO) of Upper Marlboro, Md., will be matched against Michael DeSantos, an LA Boxing trainer from Ashburn who is making his professional debut.
Mobley scored a first-round knockdown over Francois Russell last month in Indiana and won his first fight last February at the Patriot Center.