by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Rappahannock ended Lancaster’s post-season hopes Monday night with a 21-3 rout in a Conference #43 softball quarterfinal.
The Lady Raiders’ Courtney Berhalter accounted for nine runs, hitting a three-run homer in the third inning and clearing the bases with a grand slam in the fourth.
Jenna Wilson recorded the win for Rappahannock, taking the Lady Devils three-up-three-down in three innings. Lancaster scored its three runs in the top of the fifth on hits by McKenzie Hathaway, Wilson Throckmorton and Riley Molineaux. All three scored.
The Lady Devils have been hit by injuries over the last three weeks of the season and have lost two pitchers in Whitney Barrack and Ashleigh Sanford and its starting shortstop Britney Thomas. Sanford started at second when she wasn’t pitching.
A freshman first baseman, Molineaux pitched in her first varsity game three weeks ago and has assumed the starting role for the final seven games of the season. Freshman Rachel Woolard made her first appearance with the varsity team in the conference quarterfinal after playing junior varsity during the regular season. She pitched two-and-a-third innings.
During the final two weeks of the regular season, Lancaster lost two games by one run and picked up a win over Washington & Lee.
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