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Photos: Squirrels Fall Short on Sunday

It went into extra innings but the visiting Baysox nabbed the win.

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Official Flying Squirrels Game Summary

After coming an out away from closing out the series with a win, the Flying Squirrels fell in extras to the Bowie Baysox, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at The Diamond.

The Baysox (13-4) took four of the six games during the series against the Flying Squirrels (10-8).

With two outs in the top of the ninth, Bowie’s Adley Rutschman propelled a three-run homer off Raffi Vizcaino to tie the score, 4-4.

The Baysox pulled ahead, 5-4, in the top of the 10th with a sacrifice fly by Jaylen Ferguson against Richmond reliever Frank Rubio (Loss, 0-1). Diogenes Almengo (Save, 1) stranded a runner at second in the bottom of the inning to finish the game.

Shane Matheny lashed two doubles in the ballgame that scored all four of Richmond’s runs in the loss. It was the first multi-RBI game for Matheny and his second multi-hit game.

Matheny drove in two runs in the sixth inning with a double to give the Flying Squirrels a 2-1 lead. In the eighth inning, Matheny followed with his second two-RBI double of the afternoon, advancing Richmond’s advantage to 4-1.

Bowie took a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning on a bases-loaded walk issued by Richmond’s Mac Marshall.

Right-hander Sean Hjelle tied a season-high with 5.1 innings in his third start, allowing four hits, one run (unearned) and one walk with a season-high eight strikeouts.

Joey Marciano came in during the sixth inning with the bases loaded and struck out Robert Neustrom to leave the three runners stranded.

Bowie starter D.L. Hall threw 4.0 scoreless innings with two hits and two walks allowed along with eight strikeouts against the Flying Squirrels.

Gray Fenter (Win, 1-1) threw 4.0 innings, allowing four hits, four runs and two walks with four strikeouts.

The Flying Squirrels have an off day on Monday before heading to Reading, Pa., for a six-game series against the Reading Fightin Phils (3-14). Right-hander Matt Frisbee (2-1, 0.56) is expected for Richmond opposed by right-hander Colton Eastman (0-2, 4.66) for Reading.

The Flying Squirrels’ next homestand is June 1-6 against the Altoona Curve. The Diamond will open to full capacity starting June 1.

Tickets are available online at Squirrelsbaseball.com/Tickets, by phone at 804-359-3866 or at the Flying Squirrels ticket office.

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Preview: Kickers Face Toronto in Race to Playoff Line

It’s been a rough month (season?) for the Kickers and they’re hoping being back at home can get them the win.

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Opponent: Toronto FC 2 (6-8-6)
Date/Time: Saturday, September 24th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 1 – New England 3

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Three Things to Kick About

  • Winless – The Kickers last won a game over a month ago on August 22nd. They have yet to win two games in a row. They have more draws than wins. This is why they’re in 2nd to the last place in the league. The phrase “must-win” gets tossed around a lot but it certainly applies to this game.
  • Golden Boot – Emiliano Terzaghi is tied in the Golden Boot race at 12 goals. He’s tied with some dude from Greenville. Greenville plays Foward Madison which are only slighty better than Toronto so no real advantage to either striker on Saturday.
  • Weather – It’s going to be freaking perfect this weekend get out there and support you local team.

Prediction

The Kickers took an early lead against New England last game and gave me hope. For about 20 minutes that hope was a beautiful thing. Then New England scored a goal and my candle of hope flickered but stayed lit. New England scored again and snuffed the candle of hope. Then New England scored for a third time grabbing my stub of a candle threw out the window where it landed in the river of despair and floated away. I think you see where I’m going with this. I’ll still be at City Stadium hoping the Kickers can show some fire and get back on track but I’m not counting on it.

Kickers 1 – Toronto 1

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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Comeback to Win in Extra Time

George Washington scored first but VCU tied it up and scored in extra time to take the win.

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Official VCU Summary

The short story: Redshirt senior forward Samantha Jerabek scored the golden goal in the 108th minute as the Rams collected a dramatic win in the opening game of the Atlantic 10 schedule.

QUICK FACTS

  • Jerabek scored her second goal of the season, the 26th of her career, and leads VCU with seven points on the season.
  • Senior forward Aileen Guthrie scored her team-high third goal of the season in her first start of the year.
  • Graduate forward Bri Kropinack notched her second goal of the year to tie the game late in the second half.
  • Junior midfielder Anna Bagley notched her second assist of the season on Jerabek’s goal, while sophomore midfielder Ella Higgins recorded her first point of the year, assisting Kropinack’s goal.
  • VCU out-shot George Washington by a wide 32-6 margin. The Rams also held a 10-2 advantage in corner kicks, while the Colonials committed 19 fouls compared to VCU’s seven.
  • This was VCU’s first match in two weeks after COVID-19 protocols within the William & Mary program canceled a Sept. 9 meeting with the Tribe.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU controlled play in the first half, outshooting GW by a 12-2 margin and earning four corner kicks.
  • Jerabek was dangerous on the left wing in the early going, forcing saves at the near post in both the 17th and 20th minutes.
  • The Rams opened the scoring in the 30th minute when Bagley stepped to win a ball in the midfield, then played a through ball to spring Guthrie on a breakaway, where she slotted the ball into the lower right side-netting.
  • The Colonials equalized against the run of play in the 33rd minute through Isabelle Eskay, who finished Isabella Buck’s cross.
  • The Rams had a dangerous chance in the 40th minute from Jerabek’s free kick, as Gajdobranski pounced on a loose ball in the box and fired a shot on goal.
  • GW took a 2-1 lead in the 49th minute, with Kelly Amador scoring from a Maria Pareja assist.
  • The Rams tied the game in the 78th when Higgins played a through ball that split four Colonial defenders, that Kropinack touched around charging GW goalkeeper Tamaki Machi and rolled into the empty net.
  • Jerabek was a scoring threat throughout the two overtime periods, firing a shot just over the bar in the 91st minute, and forcing a pair of saves in the 104th and 106th.
  • The Chesterfield, Va., product ended the game a few moments later. After collecting a pass from sophomore forward Aisha Maughan, she took on a GW defender 1-on-1 to get into the box, then fired a left-footed shot inside the far post. The goal marked Jerabek’s sixth game-winning score of her prolific career.

UP NEXT
The Rams face their first in-conference road test at St. Bonaventure on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Every A-10 match is streamed on ESPN+.

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Photos and Game Summary: Panthers Shred the Dragons

Virginia Union University and Virginia University of Lynchburg hadn’t meet on the football field since 1931. VUL will be happy if they don’t meet again anytime soon as they lost 49 to 7.

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Virginia Union University and Virginia University of Lynchburg hadn’t meet on the football field since 1931, but VUU made up for 90 years of lost time by downing the Dragons 49-7 in the Willard Bailey Classic on Saturday, September 18, at Willie Lanier Field at Hovey Stadium in Richmond, Va.

“It’s always good to get the win,” said VUU Head Football Coach Dr. Alvin Parker.  “I think the guys needed it, we needed it.  It’s good to get the win in the fashion that we did.  I was happy to get a lot of guys to play and it was a great opportunity to get the win.”

The Panthers started the scoring early when Jaiden Reavis caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Khalid Morris with 2:32 left in the first quarter and didn’t stop the scoring until Kore Prentice-Coles capped the onslaught when he took the ball in from two yards out with 14:55 left in the fourth quarter.

In between, VUU racked up 416 yards in total offense and rushed for five touchdowns.

“Those guys (in the offensive line), Brian GibsonMatthew CurryMark LawtonJustin Meade and Savion Hopes, those are five starters right now, and they’ve been playing exceptionally well these past few weeks,” said Parker.  “We’ve been able to run the ball pretty effectively and they’ve been protecting the quarterback as well.  They may not get a lot of credit, but those guys have been doing such a great job and the numbers speak for what they are.”

VUU’s Jada Byers, a freshman from Hammonton, N.J., majoring in Social Work, rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.  Byers was named the Offensive MVP of the Game for his effort.

“If you watch us play, you’ll see that #7 (Byers) is something special,” said Parker.  “He’s just a great kid to be around, first and foremost.  Even before you get to his play, he’s just a great kid.  His play speaks for itself.”

On the defense, Virginia Union” Marquis Hamilton, a graduate student from Washington, D.C., and who is majoring in Business, intercepted two passes and came within one yard of returning one for a score.

“Hamilton is a good guy for us,” said Parker.  “He bought right into our culture. He comes to work every day and you really don’t hear him make a sound.  But he had a big smile on his face after he made those interceptions, and that’s what we like to see.”

VUU is now 1-2 on the season while Virginia University at Lynchburg fell too 0-3.

The Panthers will now travel to Charlotte, N.C., to face Johnson C. Smith University at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, In the CIAA regular-season opener for both teams.

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