The Rundown: Lawson Shines in Debut; No. 1 Bobcats, No. 3 Eagles Avoid Upsets

March 13 - Cortland Lawson’s debut couldn’t have gone much better.

The senior shortstop and right-handed pitcher, who has signed to play at Tennessee, went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI and struck out five of the six batters while earning the save in Dominion’s 5-3 season-opening win over visiting James Wood last night.

Lawson, who transferred from Paul VI Catholic between semesters, doubled in his first at-bat as a member of the Titans and added a go-ahead two-run single in the fourth to provide the game’s final margin. Armed with a fastball that has been clocked in the high-80s, he came in with one out and the bases loaded in the sixth and proceeded to fan the next two batters on six pitches.

Dominion also got two hits and two RBI from Xavier Ruley. Mario Canestraro earned the win after permitting three runs (one earned) in four innings.

Here are recaps of games over the past two days involving teams from the Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll:

No. 1 Battlefield 5, Colgan 4 - Zach Agnos went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI and Craig Miles was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two runs as the Bobcats built a 5-1 lead in the third inning and held on in Monday’s season-opener for both teams. Agnos earned the win after striking out six while allowing three runs (two earned) in 4.1 innings, and Colby Vollmer earned the two-inning save. Ryley Johnson reached three times, stole a base and scored twice for the Sharks.

No. 3 Freedom-South Riding 2, Loudoun Valley 0 - Zach Hoenig squeezed in the game’s first run in the top of the ninth inning and the Eagles added a second on a bases-loaded walk later in the inning to escape in the season-opener for both teams. Bryce Eisenreich struck out five in 4.1 innings, Connor Kolarov didn’t allow a hit in four innings in relief and earned the win, and Casey Cook got the final two outs for the save. David Gingras had two hits and Michael Grupe scattered two hits over six scoreless innings for the Vikings.

Top 10 Today: Stonewall Jackson at No. 6 Potomac; No. 8 Chantilly at South Lakes; Georgetown Prep at No. 9 Paul VI Catholic

Other Games: Josh Lupo had a three-run double during a seven-run top of the seventh while Owen Bellamy and Jaden Isidro each had two hits and an RBI as Brooke Point rallied to beat Massaponax, 9-4 … Dylan Saale struck out seven while scattering four hits over 6.2 innings, tossing 109 pitches in Heritage’s 8-2 win over Tuscarora … Riley Eikhoff drove in three runs while Jaden Mininick and Brian Wilson had two apiece and Luke Basler and Bert Redding combined for eight strikeouts in five innings as Patriot beat C.D. Hylton, 11-1 … Aidan Henning and relievers Nathan Knowles and Ryan Salsburgh combined for 16 strikeouts and Knowles had two doubles and three RBI as Yorktown beat host Fairfax, 6-1 … Sam Dozier permitted just one hit over five scoreless innings and Aidan Lowe ws 2-for-3 with two RBI in Washington-Lee’s 11-0 win over Edison … Owen Ledford started and went five innings and Hunter Timarchi tossed three scoreless innings in relief and earned the win when Cody Carter drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning in North Stafford’s 2-0 win over Riverbend … James Albritton had three hits, including two doubles, and Daniel Peterson went four innings to earn the decision as Hayfield beat Lee, 13-1.

Photo of Battlefield’s Craig Miles by Fred Ingham