April 13 - Riley Eikhoff tossed a three-hit shutout and Brian Wilson scored the go-ahead run and drove in an insurance run in No. 3 Patriot’s 2-0 win over visiting Osbourn Park on Thursday night in Nokesville.
Eikhoff, a University of Virginia recruit, struck out eight against a Yellow Jackets team that has managed just two runs while dropping its last two after scoring 62 runs over a five-game winning streak. The junior right-hander finished with 90 pitches, allowed just one base runner to reach third base, and benefitted from two double plays turned by the Pioneers. He improved to 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 14.2 innings, and he’s also hitting .364 with 12 RBI this spring.
Wilson broke a scoreless tie when he came in on a two-out error in the bottom of the fourth. His sixth-inning double scored Eikhoff, who had led off the inning by drawing a walk, to provide the game’s final margin.
With the win, Patriot (8-0 overall, 2-0 Cedar Run District) kept pace with No. 1 Battlefield (9-0, 3-0) atop the league standings. Osbourn Park is 6-3, 2-2.
Here are recaps of Thursday’s other games involving teams from the Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll:
No. 1 Battlefield 11, Osbourn 5 - Peter Benavides was 2-for-3 with a walk, double and three RBI while Zach Agnos and Jamie Garrison each chipped in two hits and Kyle Terrell drove in four runs as the Bobcats improved to 9-0. Cole Reddington went 2-for-3 with two RBI to pace the Eagles.
No. 2 Lake Braddock 12, South County 1 - Lyle Miller-Green struck out eight and surrendered just one hit over 3.2 scoreless innings of relief work for the Bruins, who were playing for a third consecutive night. Ben Sopko had three RBI and Jay Cassady, Mike Weidinger and Ryan Cuadros each drove in two. Tre Williams had the lone hit and RBI for the Stallions.
No. 7 Madison 5, No. 4 Westfield 4 - Ethan Lipp hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly to right field and Ryan Murphy got the final five outs to earn the victory as the Warhawks handed the Bulldogs their first loss of the season. Zach Perkins went 2-for-3 with two RBI while Carson Hoffman, Josh Gjormand and Luke Erdmann chipped in two hits for Madison. Joe Clancy paced Westfield by going 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI, with Nick Lottchea and Jake Hockett each adding two hits.
No. 5 Potomac 3, Gar-Field 0 - Braden Mack went five innings to earn the win and combined with relievers Jackson Lowery and Josue Cumba for the Panthers’ fifth shutout of the season. Sean Baxter’s fourth-inning sacrifice fly opened the game’s scoring, then Ben Thomas and Adrian Touch drove in insurance runs the following inning. Tyler Perry took the loss after allowing one run on two hits over four innings, and he had one of the Indians’ four hits.
No. 6 Episcopal 3, Landon (MD) 2 - Joseph Notzon hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and Tripp Greenwood followed with an RBI single that proved to be the winning hit when Landon scored a run in the bottom of the frame. Jacob Morgan permitted two runs over 8.2 innings to earn the win, and John Moses got the final out to earn the save as the Maroon won their fifth straight and improved to 12-1.
No. 8 Stafford 8, Brooke Point 1 - Jimmy Baker went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI and the Indians had nine players with base hits en route to their fifth straight win. Robbie Baker went the distance, allowing one unearned run on six hits to earn the victory. Jackson Foreman was 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Black-Hawks.
No. 9 Bishop O’Connell 3, Wilson (D.C.) 1 - Eddie Eisert and Jake Berry hit back-to-back RBI singles in the bottom of the sixth inning and Will Pickford came on with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh and recorded a strikeout to earn the save. Corey Knauf went 6.2 innings, striking out five and allowing one run on one hit and two walks.
Woodgrove 1, No. 10 Loudoun Valley 0 - Tim Blankenship drove a walk-off single to left field to give the Wolverines their fifth win in six games and hand the Vikings their third loss in as many nights. Nick Lockhart outdueled fellow Virginia Tech recruit Michael Grupe, striking out seven in a three-hit shutout. Grupe took a hard-luck loss, going the distance and allowing seven hits and one unearned run.
Top 10 Today: No. 2 Lake Braddock vs. Grace (MD) Academy at South County MS; Grace (MD) Academy at No. 4 Westfield; Edison at No. 5 Potomac; No. 9 Bishop O’Connell at No. 6 Episcopal; No. 8 Stafford vs. Kettle Run at Potomac
Other Games: Ryley Johnson pitched a no-hitter and struck out 14 as Colgan beat Woodbridge, 5-0, for its third straight shutout. Sharks pitchers have not allowed a run in 19 innings. Garrett Riley was 2-for-3 with two RBI … Joe DeBardi went 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI and brothers Dylan and Blake Fisher combined for five hits and four RBI to lead Highland School to a 13-8 win over Fredericksburg Christian … Donovan Burke had 12 strikeouts while Wyatt DeProspero and Jack Pomata each had two hits in Loudoun County’s 5-0 win over Heritage … Aidan Henderson went 3-for-4 with three doubles and two RBI, Aiden Tierney had two hits and four RBI and Jake Wortman homered in Colonial Forge’s 14-2 win over Mountain View … Cameron Patton went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBI in as Yorktown improved to 9-1 with a 9-6 win over South Lakes … Michael Hoeymans hit a walk-off single to give Langley a 3-2 win over Herndon … North Stafford rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh in a 5-3 win over Riverbend. Owen Ledford went the distance to earn the victory … Hunter Spicer hit a three-run double, Sam Nichols had two hits and two RBI and earned the save, and Sam Dozier fanned seven in six innings as Washington-Lee beat McLean, 10-7.
Photo of Riley Eikhoff by Fred Ingham