Fort Defiance starter Lillian Berry limited Brookville to three hits and the eighth-seeded Indians scored twice in the first inning and never trailed in stunning top-seeded Brookville 3-1 in the Region 3C softball quarterfinals Thursday evening at Brookville Middle School.
Berry walked two, struck out three in her complete-game outing. The Indians (17-6) scored twice in the first on Kiersten Ransome’s triple to right that scored Lydia Landes, and Kendall Furry followed with a sacrifice fly to score Ransome.
The Bees (18-5) cut the deficit to 2-1 on Maddie Walker’s RBI single in the third, but Fort Defiance got out of the inning by recording the inning’s final out on a play at third.
Madison Harris had a two-out triple in the fourth, but was stranded there. She was the last Brookville batter to reach against Berry.
Harris took the loss after allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings. She struck out nine.
Liberty 3, Rockbridge County 2
In Bedford, Kacey Whorley’s ground ball to second was booted and allowed courtesy runner Kendall Goff to score from second with no outs in the ninth to lift the Minettes to a thrilling victory over the Wildcats in the Region 3C quarterfinals.
LHS is scheduled to host Fort Defiance in the region semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Machenze Flood led off the ninth inning with a full-count walk and Goff, the courtesy runner, advanced to second on Gracie Dooley’s single to set up the walkoff victory.
The Minettes (17-6) trailed 2-1 heading into the seventh when Flood got a rally started with two outs. She laced a single to left that got by the outfielder and allowed her to advance to second.
Dooley delivered a hard single to right to score Flood for the tying run.
Liberty loaded the bases but couldn’t push the winning run across. It was one of three times in the game the Minettes left the bases loaded.
LHS starter Millie Thompson struck out eight of the first nine batters she faced and finished with 12 strikeouts in the complete-game outing. She allowed five hits, two runs (one earned) and walked one.
Whorley hit a sixth-inning solo homer to cut the LHS deficit to 2-1 after Rockbridge scored twice in the fourth.
Turner Ashby 2, Rustburg 1
In Bridgewater, Makayla Cyzick struck out 10 in a two-hitter and outdueled Eden Bigham as the Knights edged the Red Devils in the Region 3C quarterfinals.
TA scored twice in the third inning to take the lead for good. RHS (17-6) got two on in the fourth, but a head’s-up play on a squeeze bunt prevented the Red Devils from tying the game.
Rustburg didn’t have a runner reach again until the seventh.
Bigham struck out 14 and allowed three hits. Carly Hudnall drove in Delaney Scharnus in the third inning to put Rustburg ahead 1-0.
Jefferson Forest 4, Pulaski County 0
In Forest, Meghan O’Neil scattered two hits and struck out 13, Emma Lemley and Libbie Staton each drove in a run, and the second-seeded Cavaliers (19-5) defeated the seventh-seeded Cougars in the Region 4D quarterfinals.
JF hosts third-seeded William Byrd in Tuesday’s semifinal round. The Terriers hounded sixth-seeded Bassett 13-0.
Amherst 8, Liberty Christian 2
Jazmyne Smith clubbed a third-inning solo homer, Elizabeth Carter scattered five hits, and the fifth-seeded Lancers (9-12) topped the fourth-seeded Bulldogs (10-12) in the Region 4D semifinals.
Amherst hosts eight-seeded Salem on Tuesday. The Spartans defeated top-seeded Blacksburg 3-1.
Gretna 23, Chatham 0
In Chatham, Madison Walker drove in seven runs, Jailyn East added another five RBIs, and the Hawks clobbered the Cavaliers (9-13) in the Region 2C first round.
Buckingham 8, Nelson 6
In Buckingham, Tyshea Chambers’ two-run homer in the fifth inning tied the game and the Knights (12-7) scored eight times in the fifth and sixth innings to rally for a win over the Governors in the Region 2C first round.
Staci Taylor went 3 for 4 with an RBI for Nelson (3-17).
Staunton River 2, Magna Vista 0
In Ridgeway, the Golden Eagles outlasted the Warriors to advance in the Region 3D tournament. Staunton River plays top-seeded Tunstall at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the semifinal round at Dry Fork.
Liberty Christian 12, Amherst 8
Pell Collins, Jacob Williams and Colby Tucker each drove in two runs and the top-seeded Bulldogs held off the eight-seeded Lancers final-inning rally in the Region 4D quarterfinals.
The Lancers scored three times in the sixth to cut the deficit to 10-5, then tacked on three more runs in the seventh. Amherst had the tying run on deck, but Luke Ramsey got two quick outs to preserve the victory.
LCA hosts fifth-seeded William Byrd in Tuesday’s semifinals. Byrd stunned LCA 4-3 in last season’s region quarterfinals.
Jefferson Forest 14, Bassett 4
In Forest, Keontae Hurt drove in three runs, Jackson Cherry had three hits and scored four runs, and the third-seeded Cavaliers (18-5) clubbed the Bengals (14-8) in the Region 4D quarterfinals.
Powers Muller went 3 for 4 with a double and RBI.
JF plays second-seeded Salem in Tuesday’s semifinal round at Kiwanis Park in Salem.
Staunton River 17, Cave Spring 9
In Roanoke, Eddie Blake pitched six solid innings for the victory and he also drove in three runs as the fifth-seeded Golden Eagles (15-9) beat the Knights in the Region 3D quarterfinals.
Nick Funk reached base four times and Austin Woolwine went 3 for 5.
Staunton River plays top-seeded Abingdon in the semifinal round at Lord Botetourt High School. The game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday.