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<b>Yorktown Softball Wins Opener</b>

The Yorktown softball team defeated Herndon 9-1 on Friday in the Patriots’ season opener.

Yorktown, the three-time defending National District champion, also defeated Langley 9-4 during a scrimmage on March. 17. Junior shortstop Kelley John belted a pair of home runs for Yorktown. John said the Patriots feel like recent success has put a target on their back.

"You just have to take it and use it to your advantage, really," she said. "They know you’re good, so you just use that fact to intimidate [opponents] a little bit."

Yorktown is led by second-year head coach Julie Fetter. This year’s team captains are seniors Sammi Dowdell (outfield), Kimmi Oldham (catcher/outfield), Katie Roberts (outfield) and Kelsey Patterson (pitcher/outfield).

"We expect to do good in the district and hopefully move on past the second round of regionals," Roberts said. "W-L and Mount Vernon will probably be our biggest competition this year."

Yorktown was scheduled to face Falls Church on Tuesday. Results were not available before the Connection’s deadline. The Patriots host Edison at 6 p.m. Thursday.

<b>Yorktown Baseball Starts 0-2</b>

The Yorktown baseball team lost to Chantilly 6-1 in eight innings on March 17 and Loudoun Valley 15-5 in six innings on Thursday.

Chantilly scored five runs in the eighth to break a 1-all tie.

The Patriots were scheduled to face Falls Church on Tuesday. Results were not available before the Connection’s deadline. Yorktown hosts Edison at 6 p.m. Thursday.

<b>Wakefield, W-L Baseball To Face Off</b>

The Wakefield baseball team lost to T.C. Williams 14-1 on March 17. The Warriors were scheduled to face Edison on Tuesday. Results were not available before the Connection’s deadline.

Wakefield will travel to face Washington-Lee at 6 p.m. Thursday.

<b>O’Connell Wins First Two</b>

The Bishop O’Connell baseball team defeated Bishop McNamara 11-7 on Saturday to improve to 2-0. The Knights also beat Bishop Sullivan 14-3 on March 11.

O’Connell was scheduled to face DeMatha on Tuesday. Results were not available before the Connection’s deadline. The Knights host St. John’s at 4:15 p.m. Thursday.