Mother Nature strikes again.
Tuesday night’s pop-up thunderstorm activity caused most baseball, softball and soccer games to be called off. Most affected were four varsity games between rivals Hanover and Lee-Davis. The girls soccer game was 75 seconds old when lightning appeared and, by VHSL rule, a 30-minute delay was implemented.
Thunder continued to roll in the area, and, by 7:35 p.m., baseball, softball, and both soccer games were cancelled. They won’t be made good due to lack of make-up dates available before season’s end next Friday. With the Hawks in the 4A classification and Lee-Davis in 5A, they won’t see each other in the playoffs, a disappointment for fans and players, especially seniors.
Heavy storms also caused baseball, softball and boys soccer to be called off at both Patrick Henry (Douglas Freeman) and Atlee (Henrico), where the Raiders were set to hold Senior Night.
With the regular season nearing a close, team conference standing become more important heading to the post-season.
Patrick Henry baseball, at 9-5 as of Tuesday, are second in the loss column in Conference 16 with a week left in the regular season. Albemarle holds a 10-4 record while Halifax is 12-6. Orange will be the fourth seed in the conference tournament that begins May 23 at 5-10. If the Patriots finish in the top two, they will host a conference semifinal.
Defending state champion Hanover leads Conference 20 with a 12-2 mark, with Midlothian next at 11-4. The top seed in the seven-team Conference 20 earns a bye in the conference tournament and only needs one win rather than two to clinch a 4A South Region berth.
In Conference 11, Lee-Davis is in third at 9-5, while Atlee is fifth at 4-9, looking at a possible first round matchup against Deep Run.
Other conference leaders in the county include Atlee in Conference 11 softball at 9-3, with Lee-Davis tied for second with Mills Godwin at 11-4; Hanover in Conference 20 softball at 10-2, two wins away from clinching the conference title and a first round tournament bye; and Atlee in Conference 11 girls soccer, unbeaten at 10-0 but with Mills Godwin (10-1-1) and defending state champion Deep Run (8-3-1) nipping at their heels.
Several county athletes registered top performances as nearly 50 high schools
competed Saturday at the annual Lee-Davis Invitational in Mechanicsville. Several events were cancelled late in the meet after two delays due to thunderstorms.
Atlee shot-putter Betsy Chilcoat, a recent signee with George Mason University, won her competition with a throw of 37 feet, 3 3/4 inches despite a broken finger on her non-throwing hand. Teammate India Lowe captured the triple jump in 36 feet, 6 inches, with Hanover’s Taylor McCormick just behind in third (35 feet even).
In boys competition, Haiden Lamb of Lee-Davis continued his blazing season on the track, breaking his own school record on his home track in the 100 meters in 10.72. Teammate Lee Warren was victorious in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.22.
The Patrick Henry track and field team will compete Saturday in the inaugural Conference 16 championships in Charlottesville at Albemarle High School.