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Lake Braddock baseball falters

Lake Braddock’s season ended in last Saturday’s Virginia AAA baseball semifinal against Eastern Region runner-up Great Bridge, which handed the Bruins an 8-3 loss.

Defending state champion Lake Braddock (23-5) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning but came undone in the top of the fifth, which saw Great Bridge put nine runners on base and eight runs on the scoreboard. Lake Braddock sent three pitchers to the mound during that disastrous frame, giving up five hits and three walks while also hitting two Great Bridge batters. The Bruins managed only one hit the rest of the way.

Although they failed to defend their state title, the Bruins walked away from this season with their seventh Northern Region crown, a feat they weren’t able to pull off last year. Lake Braddock defeated Concorde District champion Oakton 14-7 two weeks ago to reach that accomplishment.

Oakton baseball falls in state semis

Oakton followed a similar pattern to their regional counterparts on the other side of the state bracket, pulling ahead with an early 3-0 lead before collapsing toward the end. The Cougars (21-6) ended up losing to Central Region runner-up Hanover 9-8 to eliminate Northern Region teams from state title contention.

Oakton senior Brett Padula knocked a two-run double in the second inning to help the Cougars grab their 3-0 lead. He crushed a three-run shot — his first home run of the season — in the fourth inning to put Oakton ahead, 6-3. But Hanover’s Keith Searles responded with a three-run shot of his own in the ensuing frame, one of his two home runs and five RBI on the night. That put his team ahead 9-6, a lead the Hawks would not relinquish.

Hanover went on to defeat Great Bridge, 2-1, in Sunday’s state championship at Westfield High School.

Stone Bridge softball drops state final

The Stone Bridge softball team lost to Great Bridge, 10-9, in Sunday’s state championship at Westfield High School. The Bulldogs (28-2) found themselves down by eight runs late in the game but climbed to within one in the bottom of the seventh inning. But Kelly McDaniel’s line drive went straight to Great Bridge third baseman Delaney Ambrose, who threw to second to double off a Stone Bridge base runner and end the game.

The Northern Region champions loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth inning but couldn’t plate a runner. Region player of the year Nicole Prince, a senior shortstop, accounted for four of the Bulldogs’ nine runs but was hit by pitches in her final three plate appearances.

Oakton soccer comes up just short

The Oakton boys soccer team (18-1-2) saw its promising season cut short Saturday in a 1-0 state semifinal loss against Central Region champion Cosby. The shutout marked the Cougars’ first loss of the season.

Even without the state crown, Oakton finished the season with its first Northern Region title since 1999.

Cougar baseball camp around the corner

The Cougar Baseball Summer Camps will be presented by the Oakton High School coaching staff at the school over three sessions this summer: July 8-11 for players ages 6-11; July 15-18 for players ages 11 and up; and from July 22-25 for players ages 6-11. Camp will be each day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will cost $150. All proceeds go to the Oakton baseball program. For more information, contact camp director and head varsity coach Justin Janis at JRJanis@fcps.edu.

Chantilly girls basketball camp

Registration is underway for the Chantilly High School Girls Basketball Camp and will continue until the camps begin. There will be three sessions for girls ages 7-14 this summer: June 24-28 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), July 1-3 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and July 8-12 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). For more information, visit www.chantillysports.org, or contact Kurt Sporkmann at 703-222-7462 or at kasporkmann@fcps.edu.