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Kelly Heinz’s undefeated run as a starter for Virginia Tech ended Saturday, giving up four runs and seven hits in two innings in a 9-2 loss to North Carolina State. Heinz leads the Hokies’ pitching staff with a 9-1 record, a 1.81 ERA, and also has three saves. Virginia Tech travels to Chapel Hill to battle North Carolina in ACC play Friday and Saturday.
Meanwhile, Patrick Henry graduate Emma Mitchell posted her best outing so far for the Virginia Cavaliers, allowing just one run and two hits, striking out two over three innings in a 9-6 loss to Maryland on Saturday. Mitchell’s performance gave the Cavs a chance to mount a comeback, entering the game when Maryland led 8-3. Virginia hosts Boston College for a three-game series Friday and Saturday.
Lee-Davis graduate Randy Loving is making an impact on the St. Andrews University lacrosse program in a hurry. The Knights, based in Laurinburg, N.C., play in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC). They are 6-3 and have qualified for an at-large berth in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Tournament, thanks largely to Loving’s face-off prowess.
The freshman won 21 of 24 face-offs in St. Andrews’ 18-6 victory over Lawrence Tech (MI) and has won 108 of 153 face-offs this season. Loving also leads the Knights in ground balls with 58. The Knights step up in class this weekend facing Division I powers Cincinnati on Friday and Kentucky on Saturday, both games in Lexington, Ky.
Three outs away from starting the season with two big road wins, Hanover couldn’t hold a 3-0 lead as Dinwiddie plated four in the seventh to upset the Hawks. The defeat left Hanover at 1-1. Their Capital District opener at Atlee on Tuesday was postponed due to weather and will take place April 15.
Meanwhile, Patrick Henry and Lee-Davis battled back and forth on a frigid Friday night in Mechanicsville before the Confederates seized a 6-5 win in 10 innings. The Patriots scored all of their runs in the second inning, wiping out an early 2-0 Lee-Davis edge.
Lee-Davis responded with a run in their half of the second, and two more in the fifth to tie the game. Pitchers and defense for both teams got stingy, forcing the extra frames. Lee-Davis broke through on a Cody Powers double to left. He scored two batters later when winning pitcher, reliever Andrew Sargeant, lined a single up the middle.
Lee-Davis moved to 1-1 with the win, while the Patriots fell to 3-2 overall, but remain 3-0 in the Colonial District.
Patrick Henry volleyball standout Hunter Taylor recently announced he will play collegiately at Eastern Mennonite University. Taylor, who also played for the Patriots basketball team, will be competing in the Continental Volleyball Conference for the Royals, a 10-team league with members from coast to coast.
Former Patrick Henry and current Benedictine two-sport star Raymon Minor continues to garner attention from Division I schools across the country. The wideout has received three ACC offers in the past nine days, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and Clemson. Tech becomes the second Virginia school to tender an offer, following the footsteps of Old Dominion. Other offers include Oregon State of the Pac-12, Temple of the Big East, and West Virginia of the Big 12.
Atlee first baseman/pitcher Evan Swecker has announced he will attend Ferrum College and play baseball for the Panthers in the USA South Conference. Swecker, who had two hits in the Raiders’ 7-5 win Friday over Patrick Henry, will join 2011 Lee-Davis graduate Hank Parsley at the Division III school in Southwestern Virginia.