Byrd softball team sweeps Northside to improve region seeding

The William Byrd softball team should have a home game Monday when the regional seedings are figured up at the end of the week. The Terriers were 8-3 with one game remaining and the top four teams in the region have home games Monday.

Byrd beat Northside twice last week to improve their standing in the region. Last Wednesday the Terriers took a 5-2 win, coming from 2-1 behind in the top of the fifth to take the lead. Logan Pekala, Amber Vaughn, Maddy Tuck, Haleigh Vaughan and Erin Courtemanche all had hits in the game.

Erin Courtemanche of William Byrd slides into third in last week’s win at Northside. (photo by Danny Cruff)

Hallie Cox earned the victory in the pitcher’s circle. She allowed seven hits and two runs over seven innings, striking out seven and walking none.

On Friday Byrd played Northside and this time they made sure it wasn’t close, winning 14-3 in Vinton. Byrd jumped on top early when Brooklyn Peters drove in a run, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Haleigh Vaughan.

The Terriers put it away with a six run fifth inning. The rally was led by singles by Keely Hoal and Pekala and an error on a ball put in play by Peters.

Cox was the winning pitcher again. Halllie surrendered three runs on three hits over five innings, striking out eight.

The Terriers had a home game with Staunton River postponed this week due to a late afternoon thunderstorm. It was scheduled to be made up on Wednesday, and it was the regular season finale for the girls. First place in the Blue Ridge District was at stake as Byrd came in at 6-3 in BRD play and Staunton River was 5-2.

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