In a rain-soaked week filled with cancellations, the Lady Panther softball team fell 7-6 to George Mason during a Friday night travel game.
Mason opened with a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but Rapp battled back to take a 6-4 lead going into the sixth. Rain and lightning brought a thirty-minute delay. “When we came back out from the delay,” said coach Jamie Harris, “we were really flat and Mason was super pumped up.” After the sixth inning, the Mustangs were down 6-5. In the seventh inning, they used a combination of hits to pull off an upset win.
Coach Harris felt like his team “did not hit the ball well at all.” Rapp finished with three hits. “We walked six times, but what killed us was 10 strikeouts, seven of which we watched go by. We definitely were not focused after the rain delay, and I will take the blame for that.
“The girls have to realize that it takes a combination of good defense and hits and runs to win games. If we do well on one part and struggle on the other, then we dig ourselves a hole. We gotta learn to keep our emotions going strong for the entire game. If we keep working hard we will break out of this slump.”
If all goes as planned with district tournament seedings, the Panthers will see George Mason again. The Ladies play Manassas Park tonight (May 20) at 7, and they meet Clarke at Rapp on Friday (May 21). The Bull Run District tournament begins on Monday, May 24. — Melissa Delcour
George Mason 11,
Rain cancellations prevailed in the Rapp varsity baseball schedule on Monday and Tuesday. The most recent game, May 14 at George Mason High School, tallied an 11-1 defeat in five innings, bringing the Panthers’ season to 5-11.
George Mason High School was Bull Run District’s No. 1 seed at the time of last Friday’s game, but Coach Donald O’Meara thought losing to the Mustangs was still “a very disappointing outing.” The team hoped to rally around injured player John Mills, he said. “We really struggled mightily in his absence.”
Rapp had too many errors, which allowed the opponent to gain extra bases. Panthers’ Grayson Love scored the only run on a walk. Chris Garcia, Brandon Walker and Evan Espinola all saw time on the mound. Coach O’Meara commented: “They pitched well, but the defense could not back them up.”
Monday’s canceled game against Manassas Park and Tuesday’s rainout against Clarke generated scheduling problems. The Monday game has been rescheduled to tonight (May 20) on Panther dirt at 7 p.m., the Clarke game also at home tomorrow (May 21) at 7. The Bull Run District tournament begins Monday (May 24) at a location yet to be determined. — Melissa Delcour
RCPS spring art contest
From art teacher Joy Sours comes the winners of the Rappahannock County Public Schools’ Annual Grades 6-12 Art Show, whose works were on display before last week’s “Little Shop of Horrors” musical.
2-D Artwork: first, Caitlin Holis; second, Jacob Devine; third, Claire Gubler.
3-D Artwork: first, Jacob Devine; second, Miller Kines; third, Kire Morgan Weber; honorable mention, Nivardo Loya.
High School Division
Drawing: first, Heidi Rechin; second, Megan Early; third, Cassandra Harrison; honorable mention, Krista Riggelson.
Painting: first, Heidi Rechin; second, Zach Armor; third, Naomi Yonas; honorable mention, Krista Riggelson.
Ceramics/Sculpture: first, Zack Armor; second, Heidi Rechin; third, Adam Carter; honorable mention, Savannah Grammo.
Best in Show
Elementary: Nivardo Loya, “The Plump Raccoon.”
High School: Heidi Rechin, “Cultures.”
Perfect game at Stuart Field
A 12-year-old member of the Rappahannock Athletic Association/Rappahannock Culpeper Baseball (RAA/RCB) Braves on Saturday pitched a perfect game against the Orange County Braves at Amissville’s Stuart Field.
Dylan Midkiff, a sixth-grader at Rappahannock Elementary, threw a four-inning perfect game (the mercy rule ended the game at four innings), striking out every batter he faced. His final tally was 12 strikeouts, no walks and no runs allowed. The final score was 12- 0. After the game, the umpire was quoted as saying, “I have never seen anything like that.”
The Bears are sponsored by In Memory of Boozie Dodson, a founding member of the Amisville league, a division of the Cal Ripkin/Babe Ruth Baseball League.
In the Rappahannock Braves’ second game against the Orange County Diamondbacks Saturday, Ashby Berry threw three innings, with Justin White pitching the final inning, in a no hitter. The only blemish in that game was a first-inning walk. Final score: 12 – 1.
With multiple hits for the Bears were Midkiff with a single and three doubles, Rappahannock boys Aaron Dodson and Damien Smith going three for four and one for three, respectively. Also with multiple hits were Ashby and Austin Berry, Justin White and Caden Lody.
Award to R-MA’s Knick
Randolph-Macon Academy sophomore Sean Knick II is the 2010 winner of the Celebrate Freedom Foundation/Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Award. The award recognizes a freshman or sophomore cadet who displays a positive attitude toward JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps), outstanding personal appearance and possesses the highest personal and ethical standards. The cadet also ranks in the top five percent of their JROTC class.
Knick, the son of Sean and Debbie Knick of Washington, is a cadet staff sergeant in the Air Force JROTC at Randolph-Macon Academy, which is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal.
In Varsity Soccer, the Owls traveled to the Foxcroft School on May 6 for a semifinal Delaney Athletic Conference match. For most of the match, each team kept the other in check defensively. Coach Gus Tisera described the match as “some of the best soccer we have played all season.” The match remained tight and was scoreless through both halves. Foxcroft scored a goal in the last two minutes of the second overtime, and that tally held up as the horn sounded at the end of overtime. The team’s final record was 4-5-3.
In Varsity Lacrosse, the Owls hosted Randolph-Macon Academy in the Delaney Athletic Conference Division 2 lacrosse championship match on May 6. Andrew Smith scored the Owls’ first goal early in the second period to cut the Jackets lead to 2-1.
The Jackets held a 4-1 lead at the half but went on to score nine goals in the second half to seal the match and a 13-3 victory. Woody Hazel scored a goal in both the third and fourth periods to round out the scoring for the boys.
The Owls hosted their first Virginia Independent School Athletic Association state event on May 11. The lacrosse team hosted Wakefield School in the Division 3 state semifinal. The teams played exciting lacrosse in a steady rain for most of the match. Wakefield School came out and scored three goals in the first six and a half minutes of the match. Adrian Wassel scored his first goal with 4:38 left in the first period.
Wakefield School added another goal to take a 4-1 lead into the second period. Both teams scored two goals in the second period to make the Wakefield lead 6-3 at the half. Wassel and Daniel Chadduck scored the two goals in the second period. Woody Hazel scored a goal early in the third period, and Chadduck scored his second goal with just over a minute remaining in the period to match the two Wakefield School goals. Down three goals, Wassel cut the lead to two, with his third goal, in the first minute of the fourth period. He struck again with 6:25 left in the match to make it a one-goal match. However, Wakefield School added their ninth goal with just over three minutes remaining. The final result was a hard-played 9-7 loss for the boys. The team’s final record was 6-4. Wakefield was the DAC Division 2 Regular Season Champions in the final year of Coach Damian Wassel’s tenure. — Mike Costello