Teams to watch in June

Most high school students around this time are busy with exams and making plans for the summer, some anxious to graduate, some just ready to get out for the summer. Outside of the classroom this time of year means the end of the regular season and the beginning of the real competition that comes out during the district tournaments. Thomas Dale softball is no exception. The Lady Knights have rolled through the competition this year, winning both the regular season and postseason Central District titles after beating Matoaca 1-0 in the finals last Thursday. They remain undefeated, boasting an impressive 19-0 record, and will move on to the regional tournament beginning this week where the Lady Knights are currently ranked first.

Also in the polls is TD’s boys soccer team, still undefeated (16-0) after winning the district finals against Matoaca. There wasn’t a single goal scored against the Knights throughout the district tournament, including their semifinal match versus the Meadowbrook Monarchs. The two-time state champion team, coached by Mark Fowler, holds the second spot in the rankings, just below Cosby from the Dominion District.

Playing baseball’s underdog this postseason is the unranked Matoaca, who had quite a long tournament last week. After their semifinal game against Thomas Dale was called in the fourth inning due to inclement weather, the Warriors picked up where they left off; tied 6-6 with the Knights. Two innings later, the game was once again called, but not because of the weather. After the Warriors put up eleven unanswered runs, the game was called because of the implementation of the 10-run “slaughter” rule.

Next for the Warriors were the fourth-seeded Prince George Royals who were still reeling from their semifinal victory, upsetting the regular season champs and first-seeded Dinwiddie Generals. Unfortunately for the “Cinderella story” Royals, the second-seeded Warriors had other plans and defeated the Royals 10-4 in the Central District finals, securing a spot in the regional tournament this week.

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