The Sun Gazette’s coverage areas were hotbeds for girls high-school softball this spring, as multiple teams had outstanding seasons in addition to impressive overall records.
The Langley Saxons (21-5) won district and region-tournament championships and has advanced to the semifinals of Virginia High School League’s Class 6 public-school state playoffs this week.
The private-school Potomac School Panthers (27-2) won a conference-tournament crown and finished second in the Division I state competition, having their finest season and most single-season victories in program history.
The McLean Highlanders (17-7) didn’t win any championships, but finished second in a district tournament, then, in the region tourney, knocked off the two-time defending state champ Madison Warhawks, a result many considered significant upset.
McLean also defeated the Division I private-school state champion Bishop O’Connell Knights during regular-season action, for another big win over a state champion.
Arlington’s O’Connell (20-5-1) had another outstanding season, as always winning an eighth straight state title.
Madison (18-4), the Marshall Statesmen (21-6) and Flint Hill (14-5) had standout seasons. All three won conference-tournament titles and advanced beyond that in the postseason. Flint Hill and Marshall played in state tourneys – Flint Hill losing in the semifinals. Marshall had a big region win over McLean.
In Arlington, in addition to O’Connell, the Yorktown Patriots and Wakefield Warriors had solid campaigns. Yorktown finished 11-9, playing many of the best teams in the Liberty District very close.
Wakefield (14-9) gave National District-champion Marshall some tough games and advanced to region-tournament play.