Gate City's Neth Gardner, left, works the ball against Virginia High during Thursday's Region D semifinal match in Bristol, Va. (Photo courtesy Steven Alley)
Gate City 6, Virginia High 1
BRISTOL, Va. — Boosted by braces from Neth Gardner and Caleb Herron, the Gate City boys soccer team coasted into the Region D tournament title match with a 6-1 victory over host Virginia High on Thursday.
Gardner contributed three assists to go with his two goals.
Nick Bowen and John Matlock also found the back of the net for the Blue Devils (17-0-0), who play Lebanon on Friday night in the championship at Sugar Hollow Park.
Gate City 6, Grundy 0
BRISTOL, Va. — Megan Edwards’ hat trick propelled Gate City past Grundy and into the Region D championship at Sugar Hollow Park.
Gate City (16-0-1), which outshot the Lady Golden Wave 25-0, faces John Battle on Friday in the finals at 5:30 p.m.
Edwards also had an assist to go with her three goals. Madison Vaughn added two tallies, Madi Garrett scored once and Lauren Franklin assisted on a goal.
Keeper Kyra Jessee recorded the shutout in goal.
Clintwood 12, Castlewood 11, 10 innings
LEBANON — Dalton Dahley rapped out the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Clintwood the win in a wild Region D, Division 1 semifinal.
Castlewood scored two runs in the top of the first but the Greenwave answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame and five more in the third to take an 8-2 lead.
Trailing 11-3 going into the sixth, the Blue Devils came storming back with an eight-run inning, capped off when Reid Edmonds stole home to even the game, but they couldn’t push a run across in the final four frames.
Gavan Meade had two hits for the Greenwave, who play J.I. Burton on Friday at 2 p.m. in the championship. The game was moved up three hours so Clintwood can attend graduation.