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Y % 4 Wednesday, June I, 2016 THE JOURNAL www.journalpress.com ? Photo by Leonard Banks edging Louisa, 4-3 for the Conference 19 Softball Photo The Foxes softball team felt a moment of fulfillment after After defeating Louisa for the Conference 19 Baseball Championship, the Foxes varsity baseball team celebrat- Championship. ed their second title in four years. Softball, baseball prove victorious in glorious evening LEONARD BANKS Sports editor Lightning does strike twice in the same place! Last Thursday, the county of King George celebrated, as the 2016 Con- ference 19 softball and baseball championships ended with the host Foxes teams hoisting the champion- ship trophies. As for the championship game fea- turing Louisa, it was an odd confer- ence confrontation, because the Fox- es baseball and softball teams never had the opportunity to play against each the opposing squad. Foxes softball standout junior Ashleigh Nalls persevered two back- to-back days with a memorable per- formance. Over the course of two days, Nalls shut out Chancellor (3- with an RBI hit that gave the Foxes 0) in the semi-finals, followed up a2-1 lead. way with a three-run homer that with another dazzling performance However, the Lions responded in led to an eventual 6-3 win. Levere's against Louisa (4-3) in the champi- the top of the 3rd by tying the game teammate, Will Clift contributed to onship game that yielded 9 strike- at 2-2, on a pass-ball. In the ensu- the title win with a 2-3 plate perfor- outs, 6 hits, 0 walks and 3 runs. ing bottom of the 3rd, senior Taylor mance. During the semifinal game, senior Hughes belted a RBI single into cen- Thrilled with his team's ability to Alexis Sheehan was 3-3 at the plate, terfield giving King George a slight battle and defeat the top-seeded Li- including a successful steal at home 3-2 lead. ons, Foxes head coach Thad Reviello plate. In the bottom of the 4th inning, said, "We hit the ba!l, caught the ball, After the game, Nails spoke highly senior Mickey Perrotte's sacrifice fly and we pitched well. They earned it, of her supporting cast of teammates, extended the Foxes lead to 4-2. In and I couldfft be prouder of their "It makes all the hard work that we've spite of a homerun that cleared the fight and determination:' put in worth it, and it just shows how centerfield fence by Taylor Dick- On the previous evening the Foxes much talent we have on our team erson in the final inning, the Foxes defeated Courtland, 7-6. to be able to defeat a team that is as held on to win 4-3, and move on to First baseman, Dre Turner de- good as Louisa" host the first game of the 4A East Re- livered the game-winning RBI run, At the start of the softball confer- gional Tournament. with a one out, bases loaded single. ence championship game, the Foxes Mya Lyburn, Truslow, and Hughes Turner's memorable night also fea- (15-2) rallied from a one-run deficit, were 2-3 at the plate. Perrotte (2), tured a 2-4-plate performance that and took advantage of Louisa's (12- Nalls, and Hughes contributed RBIs. included five RBIs. 6) Taylor Robinson's pitching. In the Less than 20 minutes later, on the Turner's teammate, outfielder bottom of the 1st inning, after Rob- adjacent baseball field, the Foxes Shane Reviello evening consisted of inson loaded the bases with three baseball team (14-5)defeatedLouisa consecutive walks, Nalls helped her 6-3. After four innings, the Foxes a4-4-plateperformance. In addition, cause with an RBI grounder. Nalls' trailed the Lions by three runs; how- Austin Halter contributed 2 hits out teammate, Juliet Truslow followed ever, Chris Levere (2-3) paved the of 4 at bats. LEONARD BANKS Sports editor Nine years ago, ]ermon Bush- rod stood at the threshold of going where no other King George alum- nus has ever gone. Not only did the 4th round draft pick (125) in the 2007 NFL go on to help win Super Bowl XLIV, and be- come an All-Pro offensive lineman, but he reached back into his beloved community to establish the Vizual- ize & Rize Foundation. Most recently, at Brock's Riverside Grill, in downtown Fredericksburg, a contingent of 22 student-athletes from seven Fredericksburg area schools were honored by the Bush- rod foundation. From softball to basketball, every sports discipline was represented among the award- ees. After meeting stringent academic and athletic criteria, 11 girls and 11 boys from the following schools were awarded a collective total of $12,000 in scholarships: King George High School: Carolyne Biondi, Alexis Sheehan, Heidi Colwell, Brooke West, Madalynn Amos, William Clift, Devin Drake, Garrett Blom, Luke Barnum, Ryan Davidson; Car- oline High School: Cassandra Coo- per, April Berry; Washington & Lee High School: Jordan Sumiel, Megan Squires, Jeremy Saunders; Colonial Photo by Leonard Banks During the recent Visualize & Rize Scholarship banquet, King George High School alumni and NFL All-Pro Miami Dolphins offensive tackle (back, middle) Jermon Bushrod handed out 22 scholarships to Fredericks- burg area senior student-athletes. Beach High School: Manana Mor- fensive line coach told me that I had ton, Tehya McCamey; James Monroe an opportunity to take my talent to High School: Khari ]ones, Timothy the next level, but you have to grow Olson, Ayanna Sims; Spotsylvania up;' Bushrod said. "He said that I High School: Aden Leonard, Grey had to change mindset and take English. football more serious -- and become Prior to receiving their award cer- a leader:' tificates, Bushrod spoke candidly On June 10 the Vizualize & Rize about the importance of focusing on Celebrity Golf Tournament will a career outside of school, and what take place at Cameron Hills, in King it takes be successful. George. On the following day, the His vision for success originated annual Vizualize & Rize Football with an a post-practice dialogue Camp will take place at King George with his offensive line coach at Tow- High School. 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