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Woodgrove tops Freedom to claim fourth state softball crown

The Woodgrove Wolverines are VHSL 4A state softball champions for a second straight season and for the fourth time in the last seven years.—Times-Mirror/Jeff Vennitti
Since the inception of their softball program in 2011, the Woodgrove Wolverines have grown accustomed to winning a state title every even year - claiming crowns in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Woodgrove broke the mold in 2017. The Wolverines survived a pitchers' duel versus Freedom in an all-Loudoun Virginia 4A final to win 2-0 and hoist their fourth state championship trophy.

Woodgrove's Camryn Dolby and Freedom's Cheyenne Van Pelt matched zeroes in the pitching circle through five innings.

The Wolverines (23-0) broke through for two runs in the home half of the sixth and Dolby shut the door in the top of the seventh to complete a perfect season.

Woodgrove, who also won conference and regional titles this spring, was playing in its seventh consecutive state final.

Freedom, Conference 22 tournament champions, won a pair of regional tournament games on the road and defeated Powhatan 2-1 in the state semifinals to reach the title game for the first time.

-Photos by Jeff Vennitti


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