The Rundown: Top-ranked Bobcats Rally, Beat Woodbridge on Benavides' Walk-Off Double


March 27 - Peter Benavides hit a walk-off two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning as No. 1 Battlefield rallied for a 6-5 win over visiting Woodbridge last night in Haymarket.

After the Vikings took a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth on Ian Briddell’s go-ahead single, Craig Miles, Zach Agnos and Carter Cunningham loaded the bases on two walks and a single off Woodbridge reliever Chris Hund. Benevides then laced a 1-2 offering to left field to score Miles and Agnos and give the Bobcats (4-0) a second straight walk-off win. They beat No. 6 Freedom-South Riding, 8-7, when a wild pitch allowed the winning run to score last Monday.

“We put ourselves in situations that allow teams to hang around, but this team is showing a mental toughness early in the season and battling through to the end of the game,” Battlefield coach Jay Burkhart said. “Timely hitting and pitching in crucial spots has helped to allow us to win in the late innings.”

Trevor Harris earned the win after coming on with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the ninth, striking out Will Pope to end the Vikings’ rally. Benevides and Cunningham each drove in three runs for Battlefield, which has a quick turnaround when it hosts Paul VI Catholic tonight. Agnos, an East Carolina recruit, is expected to be on the mound.

Hund was 3-for-5 with an RBI and Eric Hiett and William Crites had two hits apiece for Woodbridge (1-2).

Here are recaps of yesterday’s other games involving teams from the Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll:

No. 2 Potomac 10, Forest Park 1 - The Panthers’ pitching staff had its scoreless streak halted at 23 innings, but Braden Mack and Jackson Lowery combined for a no-hitter and extended Potomac’s streak to 20 innings without allowing a hit. Mack fanned 10 over five innings three days after his brother, Brody, tossed a no-hitter in a 1-0 win over Woodbridge. Ben Thomas drove in four runs for the Panthers, who have won five straight to open the season.

No. 3 Lake Braddock 5, St. Albans (D.C.) 2 - Ryan Cuadros had a go-ahead two-run single and Bobby Leitzel followed with a two-run triple during a four-run sixth inning as the Bruins rallied from a 2-1 deficit for their fourth straight win. Lyle Miller-Green was 2-for-2 with two walks and a solo home run and pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the save.

No. 5 Madison 14, McLean 0 - Carson Hoffman was 2-for-2 with a double, two RBI and two stolen bases and four Warhawk pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout before the game was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. Josh Gjormand went three scoreless innings to earn the win. Ethan Lipp had an RBI double to help spark a 10-run third inning for Madison.

No. 6 Freedom-South Riding 6, Tuscarora 3 - Ben Williamson stuffed the box score, going 2-for-2 with two walks, four runs, a double, an RBI and three steals as the Eagles won their Potomac District opener. Bryce Eisenreich scattered three hits and allowed two unearned runs in 4.1 innings to earn the decision. The Huskies were paced by Becker Kaufman, who went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

No. 8 Westfield 15, Washington-Lee 0 - Joe Clancy and Nick Lottchea each homered and drove in three runs and four Bulldogs pitchers combined for their fourth consecutive shutout to open the season, holding the Generals hitless before the game was called after five innings due to the 10-inning mercy rule. Danny Leo struck out five in two innings to earn the win.

No. 9 Episcopal 12, Trinity Christian 0 - Jacob Morgan was 2-for-2 with two walks, a double, triple, four RBI and two steals and Joseph Notzon was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI as the Maroon cruised to their sixth straight win to begin the spring. Thomas Windels struck out eight and permitted just one hit over five innings before the game was called due to the 10-run mercy rule.

No. 10 Bishop O’Connell 4, St. Mary’s Ryken (MD) 2 - Eddie Eisert was 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBI as the Knights built a 4-0 lead and held on for the WCAC win. Jake Berry struck out seven over 4.1 innings to earn the victory, and added an RBI at the plate.

Top 10 Today: Paul VI Catholic at No. 1 Battlefield

Other Games: Colin Hagerup went 4.2 innings to earn the victory and Jacob Felix struck out five over 2.1 innings to earn the save as the two hurlers combined for a four-hit shutout and the Hornets remained unbeaten through five games with a 1-0 win over Edison. Stephen Bobersky’s second-inning RBI single provided the game’s lone run … Liam Best had a walk-off sacrifice fly while Matt Weber earned the win after tossing two scoreless innings in relief of starter Nate Savino, who fanned 12 in five scoreless innings and added two hits in a 1-0 win over Champe … Robert Kelley fanned eight over five innings and Alex Hakim went 4-for-4 with two RBI to lead Marshall to a 9-2 win over Justice … Justin Bassett went 4-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI to lead West Potomac past St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, 14-4 … Hunter Trimarchi went 3-for-4 with three RBI and Jacob Via pitched four scoreless innings in relief to earn the decision in North Stafford’s 11-3 win over Massaponax … Felix Perez pitched a one-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts and Tyler Perry had two inside-the-park home runs and drove in six runs as Gar-Field got its first victory with an 18-0 win over Freedom-Woodbridge … Diego Barrett went 4-for-5 as C.D. Hylton edged Colgan, 9-8 … Jack Hoeymans was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI and Zack Hamilton homered in Langley’s 5-4 win over Oakton.

Photo of Battlefield’s Carter Cunningham by Fred Ingham