Loudoun Valley (18-2) finished its regular season in thrilling fashion with a hard-earned, marathon, dramatic, walk-off win against a determined John Champe team.
Junior RHP Kyle McMahill (2-0) not only got the win in relief (3 IP, 2 ER), but - in a rare at bat - also had a game saving, two-out, two-strike single in the bottom of the 10th to plate junior Adam Lockhart (who himself had doubled with two outs and the game on the line) to tie it at 3-3.
Champe would battle to take the lead again 4-3 in the top of the 12th. However, the Vikings would not be denied. Senior 3b Andrew Lohr led off the do-or-die home half of the 12th with a frozen rope single to LF, followed by a walk - his fourth of the game - to junior SS Trey McDyre.
Then, junior catcher Hunter Gore doubled to very deep center, driving in Lohr to tie the game at 4. Lockhart, who had earlier doubled with two outs and scored to tie the game in the 10th, then hit a walk-off, hard ground ball single that hand cuffed Champe's 3b.
McDyre scored the game winner.
Lockhart and senior LF Kyle Bowles each had big games for the Vikings offensively. Lockhart was 4-6 with a run scored and 2 RBI. Bowles was 3-6 with a run scored.
Viking senior RHP Jack DeGroat started and, in his typical fashion, held the visiting Knights scoreless through 6 innings. But, with Valley holding a seemingly comfortable 2-0 lead with their ace on the mound, Champe scored 2 runs in the top of the 7th to send the game to extra innings.
DeGroat would ultimately go 9 innings and allow just the 2 earned runs. DeGroat finished the regular season 7-0 with just 3 earned runs allowed.
Offensive Summary for Loudoun Valley
Kyle Bowles: 3-6, 1 run
Trey McDyre: 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 4BB
Hunter Gore: 1-4, 1 RBI, 2BB
Adam Lockhart: 4-6, 1R, 2 RBI
Kyle McMahill: 1-1, 1RBI