Panthers drop hard-fought, 1-0, non-district matchup with Class 3 Turner Ashby

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PCHS junior Savannah Shifflett leads off third while head coach Alan Knight watches the plate during a 1-0 loss to Turner Ashby on April 5. Shifflett lead the Panthers with two doubles on the day.

By Randy Arrington

SHENANDOAH, April 5 — Turner Ashby centerfielder Reaghan Warner single-handedly took a non-district win away from the Page County Panthers on Wednesday at Alan Knight Field. The sophomore made two diving catches that each time stopped a Panther run, and the second ended in a double play at third.

The non-district matchup between two undefeated powerhouses in their respective classes did not disappoint. The Knights were fortunate to walk away with a 1-0 win in a defensive battle that saw solid play in the field by both teams.

After going three-up, three-down in the first two innings, Warner’s diving catch in the third halted a small Panther run that began with a double from junior Savannah Shifflett. Page would strand two runners, including Shifflett at third.

In the top of the fourth, the Knights got an RBI-double from junior Harleigh Propst to produce the game’s only run. T.A. would threaten again in the fifth and the seventh, but ended up stranding a total of eight runners on the day.

For the Panthers, the bottom of the fifth would repeat the third…after Shifflett lead off the inning with a double, Warner ended it with a diving catch that also caught the runner on third off guard. As the runner headed for home, Warner came up with the ball and threw the runner out at third to end the inning.

Page County junior Bailey Gaskins had a solid day on the mound against a Class 3 team that had scored 10 or more runs in six of eight games heading into Wednesday’s contest. Gaskins held the Knights to a single run on just four hits, while striking out five and walking four in a complete game effort.

The Knights’ Natalie Wisman got the win on the hill, hurling a complete-game shutout, while only allowing three hits, striking out one and walking one. Wednesday marked TA’s sixth shutout of the early 2023 season as they moved to 9-0.

For Page at the plate, Shifflett lead the way with two doubles (2-for-3), while Division-I Radford University commit Jocelyne Rinker went 1-for-3 with a single. While Page managed one less hit than TA, both teams committed one error.

Despite the loss, the Panthers sit at 6-1 overall and remain undefeated in the Bull Run District (3-0). They have outscored their opponents 61-8 through seven games, including two shutouts. They have scored 10 or more runs in four of seven games this season.

Next up, Page County will travel to Central of Woodstock for a Bull Run matchup at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, before heading to Turner Ashby the next day to face the Knights at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12.

BASEBALL — Turner Ashby 12, Page 2

SHENANDOAH, April 5 — The Page County High School baseball team dropped a non-district contest to Turner Ashby, 12-2, on Wednesday. The Class 3 Knights racked up nine hits against four different Page pitchers, scoring half their runs in the top of the fourth.

Page County answered back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, including a solo home run by junior Noah Lucas. TA added a run in the fifth and then finished the game with five more runs in the top of the seventh.

The Panthers had five hits on the day spread out among five batters, and left six runners on base.

With the loss, the Panthers fall to 4-3 overall and remain 3-1 in the Bull Run District. Next up, Page County will travel to Central of Woodstock for a Bull Run matchup at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, before heading to Turner Ashby the next day to face the Knights at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12.

For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.



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