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05-14-2007, 07:39 PM
The VISAA Softball Championship tournament throws its first pitches tomorrow. Here are the matchups.
#8 St. Stephen's/St. Agnes Lady Saints @ #1 Bishop O'Connell Lady Knights
#7 St. Catherine's Lady Saints @ #2 Paul VI Lady Panthers
#6 Liberty Christian Lady Bulldogs @ #3 Bishop Ireton Lady Cardinals
#5 Nansemond-Suffolk Lady Saints @ #4 Collegiate Lady Cougars
#8 Atlantic Shores Lady Seahawks @ #1 Highland Lady Hawks
#7 Timberlake Christian Lady Tornadoes @ #2 Greenbrier Christian Lady Gators
#6 St. Anne's-Belfield Lady Saints @ #3 Brunswick Lady Vikings
#5 Eastern Mennonite Lady Flames @ #4 Portsmouth Christian Lady Patriots
#8 Southampton Lady Raiders @ #1 Isle of Wight Lady Chargers
#7 United Christian Lady Crusaders @ #2 Holy Cross Lady Gaels
#6 Broadwater Lady Vikings @ #3 Tidewater Lady Warriors
#5 Fuqua Lady Falcons @ #4 Alliance Christian Lady Falcons
THU-15-MAY (ALL GAMES FROM HERE ON ARE AT THE DUMBARTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SOFTBALL COMPLEX IN RICHMOND, HOSTED BY ST. GERTRUDE HIGH SCHOOL)
D-I Semifinals (both at 8PM)
5/4 Winner vs. 8/1 Winner (Field 2)
6/3 Winner vs. 7/2 Winner (Field 3)
D-II Semifinals (both at 6:30PM)
5/4 Winner vs. 8/1 Winner (Field 3)
6/3 Winner vs. 7/2 Winner (Field 2)
D-III Semifinals (both at 5PM)
5/4 Winner vs. 8/1 Winner (Field 2)
6/3 Winner vs. 7/2 Winner (Field 3)
Division III - Field 2 at 5PM
Division II - Field 3 at 6:30PM
Division I - Field 2 at 8PM
Shameless plug: The Metro Conference has FIVE teams in the VISAA field, unprecedented for as long as I've been involved.
The brackets with Metro teams in them have been posted on the Metro Conference website. Links for them can be found at:
05-14-2007, 10:52 PM
Thanks for the schedule - that was a lot to put together. Care to make any predictions for Richmond games. I think IWA has a good chance to win D3 state championship for the 4th straight year. What do you think the chances are for D1's Bishop O'Connell and D2's GCA repeating? I believe GCA is also going for it's 4th straight.
05-14-2007, 11:20 PM
I know almost nothing about the D-I struggle.
I think Greenbrier will face a legitimate challenge from Highland. This is a team hungry for glory that's beaten Holy Cross twice (Holy Cross beat Greenbrier 2-1 AT Greenbrier), 6-1 and 2-1. They've outscored their opponents on the year 238-17 (Greenbrier has outscored theirs 160-10, not counting their games in Myrtle Beach).
This is mostly the same team (they only lost one senior) that gave Greenbrier a run for its money in last year's state title game. Greenbrier has felt the departure of Catelyn Slagle this year in some crucial situations. No one could challenge their new ace in the TCIS, but then no one could challenge Isle of Wight's freshman-sophomore-junior trio on the mound in the Metro either.
So to wrap up D-II, I'm seeing Highland meeting Greenbrier and it being a REAL duel of the fates. Highland's the statistical favorite, but history favors the Lady Gators.
In D-III, I pick Isle of Wight because I'm an alumnus :biggrin1:
But seriously, they graduated a core group of five or six seniors and they STILL dominated their competition this year. The only team to scathe them was Greenbrier and that was a 2-1 decision in Chesapeake that I watched myself. GCA scored on a passed ball, without which that game could easily have stayed in extra innings for a very long time. They're 15-0 in postseason appearances since 2004 and have had two undefeated seasons in the last three years. They've lost two conference games since joining the Metro in 2002, when they were warned they wouldn't be able to compete with Broadwater and Alliance. If it weren't for inconsistent postseason play in 2003 (they lost in the Metro tournament, then lost in the state semis), they'd be going for a five-peat this year.
What fuels Isle of Wight isn't public-school advertising and recruitment, as is the practice of a lot of NOVA schools (and some right here in our back yard). Almost all of IWA's players also play summer travel softball, which begins initial practices in the midwinter. This allows them to play against the top competition from the region, players from both public and private schools; competition that sometimes their school schedules cheat them out of (some of IWA's wins this year were jokes; a freshman pitcher threw a no-hitter against one team, most of their conference wins were five-inning mercy games in which the Lady Chargers quit trying after the first two; it's not in their nature to let a score get past 20 when it's clear the opponent isn't gonna threaten).
Holy Cross can't be totally dismissed though. They beat Greenbrier, unlike Isle of Wight. What also has to be taken into account though is that, having seen Isle of Wight play since then, they are a much better team than the team that lost to Greenbrier months ago. If Holy Cross meets Isle of Wight again this year, it won't be the 9-2 or 6-1 decisions we've seen in the past couple of years; it should be pretty close. But, unless the Lady Gaels are also peopled with travel ball players, they might still have trouble with IWA. It's no coincidence that this team has made a hobby of losing to IWA in state title games. IWA's new generation has proved its mettle. They went 10-1 against teams in the VISAA postseason, including four shutout victories, one in five innings.
They're conference, in which they went undefeated, is sending FIVE teams to the dance, three of which will be the home teams of their contests.
Holy Cross's Blue Ridge Conference is sending three, of which Holy Cross is the only one with an opening round game at home. Holy Cross also won their conference (for the eighth year in a row), challenged only by Liberty Christian, and their last meeting this season was a no-hitter 6-0 win for Holy Cross.
So, in a nutshell, I'm gonna take Highland to beat GCA and IWA to beat Holy Cross. One other thing to look out for is Tidewater might not let Holy Cross make it that far. This is a team that gave Isle of Wight a decent game earlier this season, and might make the road to the championship game a difficult one for Holy Cross.
Come on Lady Chargers!!! FOURPEAT!! =D
05-15-2007, 01:16 AM
What little I know about D1 is the top three teams, Bishop O'Connell, Paul IV, and Bishop Ireton are very good teams who can compete well against most any team. Bishop O'Connel is coached by Tommy Orndorff who along with two of his coaches and three of his players are part of the Shamrocks 18u travel ball club from NOVA. Ask any travel player in this area and they will tell you how good they are. Needless to say, O'Connel is one of the best teams in the state, public or private.
On the D2 side, Highland is also a very good team with several travel ball players. The pitcher plays for the 18u Ashburn Shooting Stars and the SS plays for the 18u Shamrocks. I agree, Highland is the team to beat in D2 this year but I wouldn't count out Brunswick Academy, Greenbrier, or Portsmouth Christian. In last years semi-finals, PC made a few errors in the first inning allowing Highland to score four runs. From the second inning on it was 0-0 to the end. It was a very exiting game to watch. According to what I have read on another message board, GCA graduated seven starters from last years team including their pitching ace, Caitlyn Slagle. Even with losing players to graduation, they are still a very good team as you witnessed during the GCA/IWA match-up. I don't know much about BA but I have heard they have a strong defense and good pitching. I look forward to seeing them play in Richmond if I can get away from work.
The D3, as you stated is dominated by the Metro Conference. Five teams out of eight in the state tournament is quite an accomplishment. I also, pick IWA to win it's fourth straight state title. From what I hear, Tidewater Academy has a very good team but I wouldn't count out Holy Cross. HC is always in the hunt and they could prove hard to beat this year. Good luck in your quest for a IWA 4-peat and I hope to see some good games in Richmond this year.
05-16-2007, 10:50 AM
State Quarter-final results from yesterday!!
Bishop O'Connell defeated St. Stephens/St. Agnes 11 - 1 (6)
Paul VI defeated St. Catherine's 10 - 0
Bishop Ireton defeated Liberty Christian Academy 6 - 2
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy defeated Collegiate 5 - 1
Highland School defeated Atlantic Shores 11 - 3
Greenbrier Christian Academy defeated Timberlake Christian School 10 - 0 (5)
Brunswick Academy defeated St. Anne's-Belfield 8 - 0
Portsmouth Christian School defeated Eastern Mennonite H.S. 11 - 3
Isle of Wight Academy defeated Southampton Academy 7 - 0
Holy Cross Regional School defeated United Christian Academy 10 - 0 (5)
Tidewater Academy defeated Broadwater Academy 6 - 4
Alliance Christian School defeated Fuqua School 6 - 3
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