~ PVN staff report
SHENANDOAH — The Panthers walked away with a pair of Bull Run District victories on Friday as Page County swept Madison County in both softball and baseball.
Sophomore Bailee Gaskins lead the softball team to a 7-5 victory, after striking out 10 from the mound and going 2-for-3 at the plate, including a two-run homer. Junior catcher Jocelyne Rinker belted a three-run homer in the first to put Page up early.
Madison came up with their first hit in the second, but the inning ended after a strikeout and well executed double play by the Panthers. Both the second and third went scoreless. In the bottom of the fourth, senior Kadence Rhinehart connected for a double just before Gaskin’s home run to give Page a 5-0 lead heading into the fifth.
The Mountaineers managed a run in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly, and then added four more runs to tie the game in the top of the sixth off two hits, two walks and an error.
The Panthers put the game away with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth after an RBI-single by sophomore Adryn Martin and an infield error.
Page spread out eight hits among seven players and now moves to 3-2 on the season after picking up its third-consecutive Bull Run District win. The Panthers will travel to Clarke on Tuesday before hosting Class 3 Spotswood on Friday.
With the loss, Madison drops to 1-3 on the season. The Mountaineers will host Central of Woodstock on Tuesday before traveling to Strasburg on Friday.
In baseball, Madison jumped out to an 8-0 lead on Friday evening before the Panthers mustered two runs in the bottom of the second and tacked on five more in the third.
Page flipped the game in the bottom of the fourth off a single by sophomore Sean Cave that drove in two runs and gave the Panthers their first lead at 9-8.
After a scoreless fifth, Page tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of five walks to the inning’s first six batters, followed by a two-RBI single by senior Caden Good. The Panthers lead 13-8 heading into the seventh.
Madison managed to get two more runs off a sacrifice fly, one hit, two walks and a hit batter. Page claimed a ket district win 13-10.
With the win, Page County moves to 3-1 on the season, with all games thus far being in the Bull Run District. Next up, the Panthers will travel to Clarke on Tuesday and then host Spotswood on Friday.
The loss drops Madison to 2-2 on the season (2-1 in the Bull Run). Next for the Mountaineers will be a home game against Central of Woodstock on Tuesday and a road game at Strasburg on Friday.
For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.