South County and Lake Braddock’s softball teams rarely disappoint an audience, especially when they go head to head with a trophy on the line. Stallions vs. Bruins, Episode 4, was no exception. The two sides collided in a battle for the 6A North Region last Friday, and for the third time in their four meetings this year, they needed extra innings to settle the affair.
This time it was South County’s girls who rose to the occasion, as the Stallions got a pair of clutch RBI from Jade Williams and Mollie Maglich in the eighth inning to take down Lake Braddock on its home field, 2-1. The victory avenged the Stallions’ 1-0 loss on the same field two weeks earlier, a defeat that handed the Bruins their second straight conference title.
It also gave South County some long-awaited regional hardware. Even with six conference titles in the last eight years, the Stallions hadn’t claimed the region championship since 2009.
Senior ace Rebecca Martin earned the win for South County, allowing eight hits but stranding nine runners in another complete-game performance. Region Player of the Year Ashley Flesch, just four days removed from a 202-pitch outing against Madison, collected seven strikeouts in eight innings for the Bruins.
The loss snapped a 12-game winning streak for Lake Braddock, whose two losses this year have both come against their conference nemesis.
South County moves on to face 6A South runner-up First Colonial in a 7 p.m. state semifinal Friday at Robinson. Lake Braddock will precede that game with a 4 p.m. matchup against 6A South champion Cosby, a Richmond-area juggernaut that enters the weekend with a 23-0 record.
South County will continue without Stanford commit Whitney Burks, who underwent her third leg surgery three weeks ago.