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The Caroline High School softball team defeated Culpeper 1-0 last night to advance to the championship game of the Battlefield District tournament.
The Lady Cavaliers will play Chancellor tonight for the championship. The game is scheduled to start about 7 p.m. at King George High School, site of the district softball and baseball tournaments.
Last night’s win also catapulted the Lady Cavaliers into their first regional playoff game in nearly two decades.
Meanwhile, the baseball team fell 3-2 in its semifinal district tournament game to King George last night.
Abby Morrow was stellar on the mound for the Lady Cavaliers, hurling a no-hitter.
Caroline’s Jasmine Smith belted a homer run over the center field fence in the sixth inning for the only run of the game. The team rushed out of the dugout to congratulate her after Smith crossed home plate.
“I just saw the ball and swung,” said Smith.
Culpeper’s Miranda Cropp also pitched a strong game, giving up just two hits to the Lady Cavaliers.
King George collected nine hits en route to defeating the Cavaliers, and Damion Carroll recorded 15 strikeouts against Caroline.
Zach Zelenick went 4-for-4 for Caroline.
The Cavaliers trailed 3-0 after five and a half innings but rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fifth.
The Cavaliers still can gain a regional playoff berth if they win the district tournament consolation game against Spotsylvania tomorrow night. Game time is 5 p.m.