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Woodgrove powers past James Wood to win Conference 21-A softball title

The Woodgrove Wolverines are 2016 Conference 21-A softball tournament champions.—Times-Mirror/Andrew Gillis
The ending was fitting.

Like she had done 15 times before, Woodgrove sophomore Camryn Dolby wound up and fired the ball past a James Wood batter - watching the ball scream past the swinging bat and into the catcher’s mitt.

Only this time, Dolby's 16th strikeout, put the finishing touches on host Woodgrove's 7-0 victory against James Wood in the Conference 21-A softball tournament championship game Wednesday night in Purcellville.

"I really think that she’s even got better games in her," Woodgrove coach Joe Spicer said. "She was a little up in the zone tonight, but she fought through some tough situations and was tough when we needed her to be tough. That’s a development in her game we’re really happy to see."

Those tough situations were rare for Dolby, who allowed just two hits in the complete-game shutout. A Boston College commit, Dolby's overpowering fastball and knee-wobbling breaking pitches kept the Colonels at bay throughout the game.

"I was just trying to throw as hard as I could and the best that I could to make my pitches move, and tried to do the best I could because they’re really good hitters," Dolby said.

Hallie Daughtry aided the Wolverine offensive going 1-for-3 with 3 RBIs, in addition to Lexi Acton going 2-for-4. Adriana Erickson also had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-2, including smacking a single off the centerfield wall in the first inning.

In addition to her pitching prowess, Dolby went 2-for-2, highlighted by a two-run double in the fifth inning.

"I’ve got a great batting coach in Jim Daughtery, he thinks you can go score 50 runs every night. With him teaching our hitters, we kind of feel like defense is overrated," Woodgrove coach Joe Spicer said jokingly.

Spicer added, "When you're the favorite coming into the game, the pressure is on you. We knew they were a good team, it was a good game for us to win."

A mainstay in the VHSL state playoffs since the program started in 2011, Woodgrove (19-1) advances to the 4A West Region softball tournament as Conference 21-A regular-season and tournament champions.

"I think our team is very well put together," Dolby said. "I hope we make it past regionals and into states, and I know our team can do it."

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