Panthers pick up 2 more wins and move to No.1 in district and region at 7-0

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Maddie Gordon batting
Penn State-bound Maddie Gordon takes a cut against Strasburg on Friday. The PCHS senior slugger hit two home runs against Rappahannock on Tuesday.,

By Randy Arrington

SHENANDOAH, May 19 — The Page County High School softball team stands at the top of the Bull Run District and Region 2B standings after two shutout victories in the last two days. Not only did the Panthers win their two games this week by a combined 11-0, Page has outscored their opponents 58-1 through seven games this season.

Page (7-0) was sitting just behind Clarke County (4-1) in both rankings prior to Monday’s matchup, but the Panthers put together a three-run fourth inning to fuel a 4-0 victory over a key district rival. Senior Taylor Hankins continues to dominate on the mound, allowing only one hit while recording 13 strikeouts in a complete game shutout on Monday. Senior Megan Gordon went 2-for-3 at the plate, with one RBI and one run scored. Junior Kirsten Hensley also went 2-for-3 with one run scored, while Hankins helped her own cause with a 1-for-3 performance at the plate, including 2 RBI.

On Tuesday, Page traveled to Rappahannock (1-5) and claimed a second shutout for the week with seven runs on seven hits. The Panther offense included three home runs on the day — Gordon in the fifth and seventh innings, and senior Morgan Lucas in the third. On the day, Gordon went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. Junior Taylor Umberger also went 2-for-3 with one run scored, while Lucas went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and one run scored.

Hankins again got the shutout win on the mound, allowing only three hits and one walk, while striking out 15. Here’s a look at some HANKINS’ HIGHLIGHTS over the past two weeks — just the last five games:

• 5 wins

• 1 run allowed

• 2 no-hitters

• 4 shutouts

• 61 strikeouts

The Panther offense is equally impressive, averaging just over eight runs per game, while holding their opponents to an average of 0.14 runs per game.

Next up for the Page softball team is a road game on Friday at East Rockingham. In fact, Monday was the Panthers’ last home game for the regular season. All five remaining games are away, with two games each of the next two weeks.

If Page remains at the top of the region and advances to the Region 2B tournament, it will begin on June 15 — three weeks after this Saturday’s, May 22 graduation.

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



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