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It wasn’t easy, but Rockville softball found a way to capture multiple championships at the Babe Ruth District Tournament held this past weekend at Rockville School Park.
The 10U team opened with a win over Greene County, then lost to Shenandoah 3-0, forcing them to play, and win, three games to claim the district crown. That they did, as they exacted revenge with a 13-5 win over Shenandoah in the deciding contest. Pitchers Jamie Hughes and Saxon Radcliffe both pitched well, aided by tremendous offensive output.
The 12U team was rocked early, losing 15-1 to Shenandoah. It served as a wake-up call, as Rockville came back for wins over Greene and Shenandoah to battle to the title round, where they held on for a 10-9 victory. The 14U team, too, won their district title with a 10-9 victory, but they got there via pitching and defense in the first championship elimination game, as Lorraine Siefke struck out eight Shenandoah batters and Teresa Whorton singlehandedly stopped a Shenandoah rally with an unassisted double play in the fifth inning.
All Rockville championship teams qualify for the Babe Ruth State Tournament, July 4-7 in Stafford. If teams can win the state crown, as 12U did last year, Southeast Regionals will be held in mid-July at RF&P Park in Glen Allen.
Hanover standout Danny Polk participated in the 2013 USTA/MAS “Battle In The Burg” Championship this past weekend at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. Polk, a rising senior, went 1-2 in matches, beginning with a three-hour, three-set marathon, falling to #12 seeded Biyik Akinsemoyin 5-7, 6-1, 3-6. Polk would bounce back with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Stephen Chretien, while falling to #14 Jason Kros 6-0, 6-3. Polk told the Times-Dispatch the three-set match took a lot out of him, which affected his performance against Kros.
Polk again hits the tournament circuit this weekend when he begins play at an inter-regional tourney in Rochester, N.Y.
Lee-Davis graduate Randy Loving completed an outstanding first year for St. Andrews University lacrosse by being named as a 2013 MCLA Scholar Athlete. To qualify, Loving had to be named first or second team all-conference while holding a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher out of 4.0.
In 14 games, Loving racked up 85 ground balls and won 204 out of a possible 300 faceoffs, helping lead St. Andrews to schools such as Kentucky, The Citadel, and UNC-Charlotte.