In Forest, Brookville broke out the bats to the tune of 12 hits and earned a 13-6 victory over Jefferson Forest in Seminole District semifinals on Friday night.
Kyle Hammock went 4 for 5 with two RBIs, Zach Thompson and Brennan Abbott added two hits apiece, and Jed Howard earned the win in relief by allowing just one hit in the final two innings of play.
Third-seeded Brookville (16-6) sped out to a 6-0 lead against JF starter Connor Magi and reliever Lucas Bosiger before the Cavaliers answered with a five-run fourth. But the Bees (16-6) poured it on again the following inning with four more runs, then tacked on three in the seventh.
Howard covered for starter Brock Duff, who allowed five runs (two earned) on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. The reliever also went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Abbott drove in a team-high three runs for BHS, while Thompson scored four runs.
Brookville takes on top seed Liberty Christian in the district finals at Heritage High on Tuesday.
Liberty Christian 17, Amherst 7
At LCA, the Bulldogs overcame a 5-0 first-inning deficit in a game that featured four home runs and streaked to a 17-7 victory over Amherst in the Seminole semifinals.
The Bulldogs (20-1) struck six times in the second inning, enjoyed a nine-run fourth and pounded out 19 hits in the victory. Quade Tomlin went 2 for 5 with a home run and a whopping seven RBIs for LCA, Christian Gordon was 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs, and Emmanuel Johnson went 3 for 3 with a single, double and triple. Luke Ramsey went 4 for 4 with two doubles.
Christian Martin continued his offensive barrage for Amherst with a solo homer, and Tyler Hargis also hit a dinger for the Lancers. Tyler Knight had three RBIs.
Appomattox 11, Dan River 0
Appomattox hurler Courtney Layne entered Tuesday’s Dogwood District championship with an area-low 0.23 ERA. She continued her onslaught with a no-hitter as the Raiders captured the Dogwood District tournament title with a five-inning 11-0 victory over visiting Dan River.
Layne improved to 8-2 on the season. She gave up one walk to break up a perfect-game bid. Maddie Driskill (2 for 3) added a solo homer in the second inning, and Leah Caldwell (four RBIs), Skylar Sams and Kelsey Hackett all had two hits apiece.
Liberty 4, Liberty Christian 3
In Bedford, pitcher Millie Thompson weathered the LCA comeback bid in the seventh inning, and the fourth-seeded Minettes earned a narrow victory in the Seminole District quarterfinal round.
Thompson had allowed just two hits entering the top of the seventh, and LHS led 4-0. But a three-run homer by Emma Cyrus tightened the game. The Bulldogs then got the tying run on base, but Thompson forced Kacki Manning to line out to Paige Naples at second base for the final out.
Gracie Dooley went 2 for 2 with two runs scored for Liberty.
E.C. Glass 2, LCA 2
E.C. Glass senior midfielder Ben McCarthy pushed through the game-clinching penalty kick, and Max Miller secured the only save in the shootout to lift the Hilltoppers to a thrilling victory at Liberty Christian in the Seminole District Tournament semifinals.
Glass (10-3-4) scored on all five of its penalty kick attempts, while LCA (12-4-2) was stopped once by Miller to prevent the shootout from continuing.
The Hilltoppers took a 2-0 lead in the first half on unassisted goals by Bo Palladino and Gavin Leverette. The Bulldogs answered with a pair of goals from Min Cho and Caden Moore in a four-minute stretch to force overtime.
The teams played four five-minute overtime periods before advancing to the shootout.
Glass faces JF for the third time this season in the Seminole District Tournament championship game scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage High School.
Jefferson Forest 1, Rustburg 0
A second-half goal by Forest freshman Kyle Butcher off an assist from Luke Hatch sealed the deal, and top-seeded JF escaped in the Seminole semifinals. The Cavaliers meet rival E.C. Glass in Tuesday’s championship at Heritage, slated for a 7:30 p.m. start.
Nelson County 5, Dan River 0
In Lovingston, the Governors continued their perfect season, beating Dan River (11-4-1) in the Dogwood District tournament championship to capture the crown.
Ian Strong and Wesley Boor connected for two goals, with Strong putting Nelson (18-0) up 2-0 in the first half off a Boor pass and Strong returning the favor in the second half to cap the scoring.
Boor finished with two goals and an assist.
Dan River goalkeeper Andrew Newman had nine saves.
LCA, JF to meet in Seminole finals
A goal by Anna Jenkins gave LCA a 3-2 win over E.C. Glass in the Seminole District semifinals, while at Jefferson Forest, the Cavaliers had no trouble with Liberty, cruising to a 10-1 victory.
JF improved to 16-0 and plays LCA in the finals at Heritage on Tuesday.
Appomattox 5, Nelson 1
In Appomattox, Abby Ranson scored three times and had an assist, and Taylor Fulcher recorded two goals and two assists as Appomattox (15-1-2) defeated Nelson in the Dogwood District tournament championship.
Appomattox led 3-1 at the half and tacked on two goals in the first 18 minutes of the second half to put the game out of reach.
Nansemond-Suffolk 17, Virginia Episcopal 10
In Ashland, Simon Dowd scored four goals and added four assists to lift third-seeded Nansemond-Suffolk to a victory over second-seeded Virginia Episcopal School in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II semifinals at Randolph-Macon College.
The Saints (13-7) led 11-8 at the half and broke it open by outscoring the Bishops (11-7) 6-2 in the second half.
Miles Birdsong scored four goals for N-SA.
Dylan James and Bryson Carter each scored three goals for VES, while Aaron Staggers added two goals and an assist.
VES falls in state semifinals
In Richmond, Virginia Episcopal freshman Kohl Perkins capped an undefeated season with a victory at No. 1 singles, but the fourth-seeded Bishops lost at all other spots, falling 5-1 to No. 1 Steward in the Virginia Independent Division II state semifinals at Collegiate School.
Perkins improved to 21-0 by defeated Steward No. 1 Ryan Munroe 9-8. The other closest match came at No. 4 singles, where Hardt Lesko fell 10-6.