Region Roundup: Bigham, Staunton River duo earn all-state honors, Flames add '25 lineman, and more (2024)

Bryson Gordon

Three area softball players were rewarded with second team all-state honors for their standout seasons when the Virginia High School League announced its Class 3 all-state teams Friday.

Staunton River senior pitcher Emily Wood and freshman second baseman Kailynne Keister were celebrated for their efforts in leading the Golden Eagles to the quarterfinals of the Class 3 state tournament, and were joined by Rustburg's Nahla Bigham on the second team.

Wood was Staunton River's ace, pitching in nearly every game of its 20-5 season. While tossing around 137 innings, she pitched to a 2.18 ERA, fanning 178 batters. On April 23, she pitched the first four innings of a Golden Eagles no-hitter in their run-rule shortened win over William Fleming.

Keister, who hit leadoff nearly the whole season as a freshman, hit around .363 in almost 100 at-bats, driving in 16 runs and scoring 29 times. She thumped a pair of home runs for the Golden Eagles, one on March 19 against Liberty and another on May 7 against Northside.

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For Rustburg, Bigham provided consistent offense out of the cleanup spot all season, batting .456 for the Red Devils with an on-base percentage of .537.

To go along with 26 hits, Bigham drove in 24 runs and scored 17 times. She slugged three homers on the year, including one in the Red Devils' season-ending loss to Broadway in the Region 3C playoffs.

Christiansburg pitcher Kadyn Camper took home Class 3 player of the year honors on the heels of a spectacular two-way season in which she won 20 games in the circle and slugged 11 home runs.

In147⅔ innings, the Purdue signee pitched to a 0.85 ERA with 277 strikeouts. On offense, Camper hit .542 and drove in 39 runs in 108 plate appearances.

Christiansburg's Sean Gaynor was named coach of the year after leading the Blue Demons to a 24-3 record and the program's first state championship.

For the full all-state teams, scroll to the bottom of this report.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Liberty adds another to Class of 2025

The Flames football program picked up the first commitment in the offensive trenches for the Class of 2025 on Friday, securing a verbal pledge from Brandon Edozie.

A 6-foot-6, 275-pound native of Woodbridge and Forest Park High School, Edozie rejected offers from Temple, UConn, Central Michigan and Buffalo, among others, to stay home in the commonwealth.

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According to 247 Sports, Edozie is an unranked offensive lineman in the 2025 class, but he adds to a deep class of pledges for LU, becoming the 10th commitment in the class for head coach Jamey Chadwell.

At the time of Edozie's commitment, the Flames had the 84th-ranked class in 247's 2025 rankings, good for 12th among Group of Five programs.

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

RiverDogs 3, Hillcats 0 (7 innings)

In Charleston, South Carolina, inclement weather cut the Hillcats' Friday night matchup with the RiverDogs short, and Charleston was given the victory after seven full innings.

Rain delayed the contest with two outs in the top of the eighth, as Lynchburg's cleanup hitter Manuel Mejias was coming to the plate with Wuilfredo Antunez on first base. Prior to the postponement, the Hillcats tallied just five hits, three by center fielder Esteban Gonzalez.

The RiverDogs jumped out to a lead on a two-run homer by Raudelis Martinez in the second off of Lynchburg starter Jackson Humphries, who allowed the two runs over three innings of work. Bryan Broecker manufactured Charleston's third run in the seventh, walking to lead off the inning and stealing second before Odalys Peguero drove him in with a single to center to give Charleston the 3-0 lead.

In addition to Gonzalez, Juan Benjamin and Robert Lopez tallied hits for Lynchburg. Wardquelin Vasquez guided the Hillcats through the middle innings, tossing3⅔ innings of one-run ball.

Charleston and Lynchburg have split this week's four games so far. First pitch for Saturday is set for 6:05 p.m.

SOFTBALL

Class 3 All-State Teams

First team: Pitcher— Kadyn Camper (Christiansburg), Amber Greiner (New Kent), Lilah Deavers (Broadway);Catcher— Brianna Brooks (Tabb);First Base— Madison Steffen (Cave Spring);Second Base— Hannah Perkins (New Kent);Third Base— Addison Reasor (Christiansburg);Shortstop— Kenall Simmers (Turner Ashby);Outfielder— Alyssa Jones (Maggie Walker), Reaghan Warner (Turner Ashby), Michayla Holley (Grafton);Designated Player— Maddie Alderholz (Turner Ashby).

Second team:P— Chelsey Farthing (Goochland), Haley Lambert (Turner Ashby), Emily Wood (Staunton River);C— Autumn Russell (Lord Botetourt);1B— Nahla Bigham (Rustburg);2B— Kailynne Keister (Staunton River);3B— Brooke Belcher (Fauquier);SS— Hannah Tober;OF— Lydia Lovell (Fauquier), Mariah Leonard (New Kent), Zoie Pace (Bassett);DP— Brayanna Holland (York).

Player of the Year:Kadyn Camper, Christiansburg.

Coach of the Year:Sean Gaynor, Christiansburg.

Bryson Gordon, (434) 385-5529

bgordon@newsadvance.com

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