While the Glen Allen baseball team rolled to its first-ever, and final, 4A South Region Championship Saturday afternoon, Douglas Freeman went through a rollercoaster of emotions, playing, losing, then winning via protest a return to the 5A State Tournament with a semifinal victory over Clover Hill that featured a sudden rain delay, a rainbow, and extra innings.
4A South Region Baseball Championship: Glen Allen 15, Hanover 4 (Jaguars' third straight win over defending 4A state champions. Glen Allen plays 4A North runner-up Jefferson Forest in a 4A State Semifinal on Friday, 9am at Liberty University in Lynchburg.)
5A South Region Baseball Semifinal: Clover Hill 2, Douglas Freeman 1 (Douglas Freeman files a protest during the game regarding the overuse of a pitcher by Clover Hill. A meeting with coaches took place during the rain delay that took place in the fifth inning. The game was allowed to be completed, as Clover Hill scored a run in the top of the tenth for the on-field victory. Later Saturday night, RVA Sports Network confirmed from sources from both teams that the Virginia High School League (VHSL) had upheld the Rebels protest, thus, Douglas Freeman will play at Hickory for the 5A South Region Championship Sunday at 4pm in Chesapeake and will also play in a 5A State Semifinal on Friday at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Fairfax at either 3pm or 7pm.
4A South Region Softball Semifinal: Grafton 4, Glen Allen 3 (Grafton scores in the bottom of the seventh to end the Jaguars' season a win shy of the 4A State Tournament...)
TRACK: The Hermitage Boys finished second in team competition at the 5A State Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Todd Stadium in Newport News, scoring 48 points. Deep Run finished fourth with 41, while Douglas Freeman was sixth with 32. Lee-Davis won the championship with 60 points.
The incredible distance career of Deep Run's Matthew Novak ended with two more state titles, winning both the 1600 in 4:13.86, just off his meet record of a year ago, and the 3200 in 9:13.08, breaking his meet record of 2014 by four-tenths of a second.
Jaylen Banks of Hermitage won the Boys 400 in 48.88, and placed second in the 300 Hurdles in 39.77.
In Girls results, Henrico finished sixth overall with 37 points, while Douglas Freeman was ninth with 22. Margot Brown of Deep Run won the Girls 1600, breaking her meet record of a year ago by nearly a second in 5:06.88, and finished third in the 800 in 2:18.74.