May 25 - Jake Nielsen was handed an early lead and the junior right-hander took care of the rest, scattering five hits in a complete-game effort as No. 2 Madison avenged last year’s region quarterfinal loss with a 4-1 win over visiting Centreville last night in Vienna.
The Warhawks (21-2) got a run in the first inning and three in the second off Wildcats lefty John Farley, and that’s all the run support the 6A North Region’s Pitcher of the Year would need en route to his eighth win. The loss ends Centreville’s season at 10-12 in the final game for coach Scott Findley, who announced two weeks ago that he plans to step down.
Second baseman Kyle Novak doubled in the game’s first run in the first, and the Warhawks scored their second-inning runs on an RBI single by Nielsen, a sacrifice fly by Daniel Gerke and a double steal that scored Jack Halloran.
Madison got two runners on to begin the third, but lefty Carter Egbers - who tossed a shutout in last year’s win over the Warhawks - relieved Farley and proceeded to work out of the inning unscathed. Egbers would strike out four and didn’t allow a hit in four scoreless innings to keep Centreville in the game.
With the win, Madison advances to tomorrow’s quarterfinals, where it will host Lake Braddock (14-8), a 5-1 winner last night at Osbourn Park.
Here is a rundown of other games on Tuesday and Wednesday involving teams from our Northern Virginia Top 10:
No. 1 Kettle Run 10, Freedom-South Riding 0 - As reported on in yesterday's game story, the Cougars got a third straight shutout from Noah Goins, who struck out five and allowed just two hits as Kettle Run (21-0) won its fourth consecutive league championship in Tuesday’s 4A Conference 22 final. David Haiss was 3-for-4 with three RBI while Jared Johnson and Will Merriken each chipped in two hits. Next for the Cougars: vs. team TBD in 4A West Region quarterfinals on Monday
No. 3 Patriot 6, West Potomac 0 - James Price struck out three in a three-hit shutout and Riley Eikhoff had two hits and drove in three runs as the Pioneers (19-2) won their 13th straight in a 6A North Region first round game last night. Kyle Deering hit his region-high seventh homer and Brian Rall added two hits for Patriot. The loss ends the season for the Wolverines (14-9). Next for the Pionners: vs. Robinson in 6A North Region quarterfinals tomorrow
Stone Bridge 4, No. 4 Stafford 3 - Gary Fuller scored on Trevor McNicholas’ two-out infield single in the eighth inning as the Bulldogs (15-7) won in walk off fashion in a 5A North Region first round game on Tuesday. Stone Bridge’s Shane Gallahan and Indians starter Tannor Sullivan pitched into the eighth, with the game remaining tied 1-1 entering extra innings. Gallahan was chased with one out in the top of the eighth as the Indians (19-3) scored twice to take the lead on RBI doubles by Sullivan and D.J. Lardge. Matt House relieved and earned the win as the Bulldogs tied the game on an error and a wild pitch before McNicholas’ game-winner. Casey Johnson had a solo homer for Stone Bridge. Next for the Bulldogs: at Halifax County in 5A North Region quarterfinals tomorrow
No. 7 West Springfield 3, Osbourn 0 - In a 6A North Region first round game last night, Alec Riley drove in two first-inning runs and Nick Karlinchak carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning as the Spartans (17-5) posted their second straight shutout and seventh of the season. Karlinchak struck out 10 and was relieved by Calvin Pastel after Elijah Powell broke up the no-hitter with no outs in the seventh. Pastel struck out two to earn the save. The loss ends the season for the Eagles (9-13). Next for the Spartans: vs. winner of South Lakes-Westfield in 6A North Region quarterfinals tomorrow
No. 8 Oakton 3, McLean 1 - Eric Lingebach homered and Owen Lamon pitched his second complete game in six days as the Cougars (16-7) took a 2-1 lead in the second inning and held on in a 6A North Region first round game yesterday. The Highlanders (9-14) struck first on a first-inning homer by Alex Horenstein, but Oakton responded with Lingebach’s homer and another run when Seth Richards stole third and scored when the ball was thrown away. Lamon struck out seven and scattered four hits, while McLean lefty Max Groppe struck out five while walking three and permitting four hits. Next for the Cougars: vs. Battlefield in 6A North Region quarterfinals tomorrow
No. 9 Battlefield 9, South County 6 - Tyler Solomon hit a grand slam and earned the save after getting the last out to end a seventh-inning rally by the host Stallions in a 6A North Region first round game last night. Solomon’s slam gave the Bobcats (14-7) a 4-3 lead in the fifth, then Brandon Austin had a two-run single, Carter Cunningham had an RBI triple and Jonah Seagears followed with an RBI double to push the advantage to 9-4 in the seventh. When the Stallions (12-12) responded by scoring two runs and loading the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh on Battlefield starter Zach Agnos, Solomon stripped his catcher’s gear and took the ball, striking out Kellum Stripling to end the game. Ethan Lankford had two hits and drove in three runs for the Stallions, who had their season ended. Brent Boggs, Cunningham and Seagears had two hits apiece for Battlefield. Next for the Bobcats: at Oakton in 6A North Region quarterfinals tomorrow
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Other Notable Games: As reported on in yesterday's game story, Nick Craner tossed a shutout and Dylan Saale accounted for all three runs as Heritage beat visiting Rock Ridge, 3-0, in the 4A Conference 21B championship game on Tuesday. ... Trailing 1-0 entering the sixth, Lyle Miller-Green hit a solo home run to tie the game and Matt Thomas connected on a three-run homer the following inning to lead Lake Braddock past Osbourn Park, 5-1, in a 6A North Region first round game last night. Rojo Prarie struck out 12 and scattered four hits in a complete-game outing for the Bruins. … P.K. Cocolis, Malik Kabra and Cameron Price homered and Brett Ronyecs pitched a complete game to lead visiting Robinson past Langley, 6-4, in a 6A North Region first round game last night. Timmy Conforti homered for the Saxons. … Andrew Piacesi had a two-run double to push the lead to 4-0 and Grant Mikkelsen and Magnus Ellerts combined to strike out nine to lead Woodbridge to a 6-2 win over visiting Gar-Field last night in the 6A Conference 4 semifinals. … Logan Barker struck out eight while allowing just two hits and Andy Malocu had two hits and drove in two runs to lead Colonial Forge Past host Forest Park, 2-1, in the 6A Conference 4 semifinals last night. Anthony Stehlin scattered five hits and struck out two in a complete-game effort, allowing two unearned runs.
Photo of Madison’s Jake Nielsen by Albert Jacquez