HARRISONBURG – Broadway High School baseball coach Charlie Shepard didn’t know exactly what the Gobblers were fighting for in their regular-season finale at Fort Defiance on Wednesday, just that a No. 5 seed in the Conference 29 tournament was on the line.
Now, the Gobblers (9-11) – who lost 1-0 at Fort – know they’ll travel to third-seeded Monticello, which held off Waynesboro for the No. 3 seed. Game time is 7 p.m. Monday.
Meanwhile, the Indians will play at 5:30 p.m. that day at fourth-seeded Waynesboro, a more familiar Valley District team that they split with during the regular season.
“I would’ve much preferred to play a well-known team for the simple fact we’ve played [Waynesboro] twice, seen four of their pitchers,” Shepard said. “It’s going to be a challenge. ...The key will be the bats. When we hit well, we win. When we don’t, we struggle.”
Monticello battled Western Albemarle to a 1-0 loss this spring and finished its regular season with a 9-8 win against 4A Louisa.
Western (17-1) earned the No. 1 seed in the C-29 tournament and will host eighth-seeded Spotswood (6-13) on Monday at 6 p.m. The 3A Warriors’ only loss came at 4A Louisa County, 7-6 in walk-off fashion. Senior ace Jack Maynard was named the Jefferson District Player of the Year this week.
Turner Ashby wrapped up its regular season with a 1-0 win over Harrisonburg Wednesday night and will be the No. 2 seed. On Monday at 7 p.m., the Knights (17-3) will host No. 7 seed Stuarts Draft (6-12), which was scheduled to finish its regular season Friday at Page County. However, the outcome does not matter for seeding purposes because Draft owns a tiebreaker over Spotswood, with a better winning percentage against common opponents.
If TA wins, it would play the winner of Broadway-Monticello on Wednesday. BHS will host the C-29 baseball semifinals Wednesday and final on Thursday.
“Monticello has played the same schedule Western’s played. We don’t know them at all. We do know Broadway,” TA coach Sean Hanifee said. “…But do you want to play a team for a third time [at their place] that you’ve beaten twice?”
Higher seeds will host quarterfinal games Monday in C-29 softball and soccer. Monticello will be the site of the softball semifinals and championship on May 28-29. On those same days, Western Albemarle will host the boys’ soccer semis and final, while Waynesboro hosts the girls’ soccer final four.
In C-29 softball quarterfinals, No. 1 seed TA will host eighth-seeded Spotswood on Monday at 5:30 p.m. On the opposite side of the bracket, No. 6 Western Albemarle will travel to No. 3 Broadway at 5 p.m. Monday.
In C-29 boys’ soccer, No. 8 Broadway will play at No. 1 Western at 7 p.m. Monday. Other quarterfinal pairings include: No. 5 Stuarts Draft vs. No. 4 Spotswood at East Rockingham at 8 p.m.; No. 6 Monticello at No. 3 TA at 7 p.m.
In C-29 girls’ soccer, No. 3 Broadway will host No. 6 TA and No. 4 Spotswood will face No. 5 Monticello at East Rockingham, both at 6 p.m. Monday.
In the six-team Conference 23 baseball tournament, Harrisonburg (8-9) will be the No. 3 seed and will host a quarterfinal game Monday at 6 p.m. against No. 6 Charlottesville. The semifinals and final will be held at the higher seed on Wednesday and Thursday.
If HHS wins, it would travel to No. 2 Louisa County. Those teams have had one common opponent: 5A Albemarle. The Streaks beat Albemarle 2-0 Monday with freshman Cade Templeton earning the win. Louisa lost to AHS, 1-0.
“From what I understand, they’re similar to some of the guys we have and the way we play,” HHS coach Kevin Tysinger said of Louisa.
C-23 baseball, softball and soccer tourneys will all be held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at the higher seed.
Top-seeded Amherst County (16-1) and No. 2 seed Louisa County (10-6) each earned a bye in C-23 and will host semifinal baseball games Wednesday.
In softball, Harrisonburg (2-16) has secured the No. 4 seed and will host fifth-seeded Charlottesville in the quarterfinals Monday at 5:30 p.m.
In boys’ soccer, Harrisonburg will be the No. 2 seed after beating Waynesboro on Wednesday. HHS will host a C-23 semifinal game next week on Wednesday against either No. 3 Amherst or No. 6 Louisa.
HHS will be the No. 1 seed in the C-23 girls’ soccer tournament. The Blue Streaks (13-2) have home-field advantage throughout the tourney and will also host a semifinal game Wednesday, against either No. 4 Handley (6-4-4) or No. 5 Amherst (4-12). The Streaks have won six straight contests, including a pair of overtime games, and they’ve allowed just one goal in that span.
One of the Harrisonburg soccer games will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m.
Riverheads and East Rock have secured first-round byes in the Conference 36 baseball and softball tournaments, which began Friday.
Riverheads capped a perfect regular season in baseball with a 4-1 win over Draft on Wednesday night. The top-seeded Gladiators (20-0) will host No. 5 Wilson Memorial in the C-36 semifinals on Tuesday.
Second-seeded East Rockingham (16-4) will play No. 3 Buffalo Gap in Elkton on Tuesday. In softball, East Rock (11-8) will also be the No. 2 seed, hosting No. 3 Buffalo Gap on Tuesday. Both ERHS games are scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
All C-36 baseball games will be held at the higher seed at 5:30 p.m., with the exception of Riverheads and Nelson County. Contests at those sites will start earlier at 5 p.m., because those fields do not have lights.
In C-36 boys’ soccer, the fourth-seeded Eagles ousted fifth-seeded R.E. Lee 2-1 in a quarterfinal game Friday, advancing to play No. 1 Riverheads in Staunton on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. In girls’ soccer, the seventh-seeded Eagles lost 2-1 at No. 2 seed Nelson County in the quarterfinals Friday, finishing their season 3-14.
Conference 36 tournament championship games are scheduled for Thursday. If needed, rain makeup dates will be today, Wednesday and Friday – the day after each scheduled game.