Ashburn, Va. (April 19, 2016) — Sports Night (n): An exclusive feature of VivaLoudoun.com wherein the talented, dedicated staff of Viva Loudoun Media Communications LLC spends an evening visiting a local high school, photographing and reporting on every single sporting event played at that school on that night.
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Broad Run High School was the site for our first Sports Night of the 2016 spring season – and we picked a good one. Fierce neighborhood clashes were contested between the homestanding Spartans and their longtime rivals from Stone Bridge High School in baseball, softball and boys’ tennis, while Broad Run hosted Battlefield on the soccer pitch.
Boys Tennis: Stone Bridge 7, Broad Run 2
Two unbeaten teams squared off on the Spartans’ courts, but only one could retain their claim on that adjective. That one turned out to be Stone Bridge, who swept all six singles matchups in dealing Broad Run its first loss in six outings.
Singles (SB 6, BR 0):
Erick Rivas def. Michael Pollatos, 8-3
Brandon Venable def. Ved Steth, 8-2
Brendan Soh def. Brandon Rebok, 8-4
Bradley Pappalando def. Nikhil Sastry, 8-4
Stephen Shaw def. Sumanth Nallamotu, 8-4
Eric Bailey def. Maleke Nabbus, 8-6
Doubles (BR 2, SB 1):
Erick Rivas / Brandon Venable def. Michael Pollatos / Ved Steth, 8-4
Brandon Rebok / Nikhil Sastry def. Brendan Soh / Bradley Pappalando, 8-1
Sumanth Nallamotu / Maleke Nabbus def. Rohan Malladi / Kunaal Sarnaik, 8-6
“That was a surprise,” said Stone Bridge head coach Huong Nguyen. “We didn’t know we would be 6-0 in singles. Their No. 1 and 2 are very strong.”
Nguyen said that the victory versus Broad Run may mean momentum for her team going into a series of challenging matches to close the regular season.
Softball: Broad Run 6, Stone Bridge 4
The ball rocketed off McKenna Gallagher‘s bat and zoomed toward right field, clanging off the very top of the home run fence. Two of Gallagher’s fellow Spartans came racing home, giving Broad Run a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth.
Lauren Enstrom then looped a single to plate Gallagher, giving Broad Run pitcher Meghan McCormack a two-run advantage to keep in the last inning. She kept it, giving the Spartans a huge comeback victory over an intra-conference and intra-Ashburn foe.
“The kids stepped up. I’m really proud of how they played when we were behind,” said Broad Run head coach Ed Steele as his team swayed in a full-throated singalong to “Sweet Caroline.” Broad Run has piled up double-digit wins against just one loss.
McCormack helped herself in the third, delivering a two-strike, two-out, two-run single to tie things 2-2. Stone Bridge’s Olivia Sappington began the evening with a two-run blast in the first.
Steele said his team has been beset by a recent spat of injuries, including their only other pitcher, Libby Griffis.
“I didn’t know how they would react,” he said. “Meghan normally doesn’t hit, but she got the first two RBIs. But that’s been emblematic of our spirit. Everybody chips in.”
Baseball: Stone Bridge 4, Broad Run 3
The Bulldogs tallied all four of their runs in the second inning, then held on for dear victory in edging the Spartans by one. David Mocabee slashed a two-out, two-run single for the key blow in Stone Bridge’s scoring frame.
Righty Lawton Riggs was credited with the mound win on four-and-two-thirds innings pitched. Gary Fuller held off the Spartans in the final inning to earn the save, helped by third baseman Zach Spahr‘s diving stop for the last out.
Stone Bridge head coach Andrew Baird was pleased with Riggs’ performance.
“He’s coming off a couple complete games,” Baird said. “He’s got that football mentality. He’s a senior, he’s a battler, he’s earned his spot.”
Broad Run put runners on base throughout, but didn’t find many key hits. Zach Buck clubbed a two-out RBI single in the sixth to bring the Spartans within one.
Girls Soccer: Battlefield 4, Broad Run 0
Two defending state champions from neighboring counties showed down at the Spartans’ place, but it was the wearers of the Group 6A crown who soundly triumphed over the title-winners from Group 5A.
Battlefield scored 10 minutes in, took a 2-0 lead into halftime and had two more before the second half was half-over. Broad Run had the occasional scoring chance with runs at the Bobcats’ net, but could not find the range.
“We need to be able to play with a little more urgency, with a better purpose than we did tonight,” said Broad Run’s veteran head coach Claire Collins. “We’re still trying to figure out where everybody fits.”
Girls’ soccer (JV): Broad Run 0, Battlefield 0
Keeper Miranda Walker kept her cage quite spartan as Broad Run earned a positive result against their junior varsity counterparts from Battlefield’s acclaimed program. Midfielder Taylor Morris, playing back near Walker, was noticeable in thwarting the Bobcats’ efforts to sustain possession.
“We’ve improved game by game,” said Broad Run JV assistant coach Steve Douglas, heading the squad in the absence of the under-the-weather Matt Swartz. “We’re trying to get these girls ready for Coach Collins and to play for a state-championship team.”
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