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Lord Botetourt and James River softball teams competing in “Botetourt Bash

The Lord Botetourt and James River softball teams will be competing in the “Botetourt Bash” this weekend at the Botetourt Sports Complex. A total of 12 teams will compete in the two-day event.

  Samantha Barton and the rest of the Lord Botetourt softball team will be back at Greenfield Sports Complex this weekend for the Botetourt Bash.  Photo by Ed McCoy
Samantha Barton and the rest of the Lord Botetourt softball team will be back at Greenfield Sports Complex this weekend for the Botetourt Bash. Photo by Ed McCoy

Two divisions of six teams will compete for two championships in the Bash. James River’s division includes Northside, Spotswood, Greenbriar West, Magna Vista and Craig County, while the other group includes Lord Botetourt, Cave Spring, Tazewell, Brookville, Turner Ashby and Independence of West Virginia.

The Botetourt Complex has four adjoining fields, and all four will have games going at the same time. On Friday at 7 p.m., action begins with Greenbriar against James River, Craig against Northside, Cave Spring against Lord Botetourt, and Brookville against Turner Ashby. On Saturday, games start at 9 a.m. and run through the day, with two championship games scheduled for 5 p.m.

“I think we have a great field,” said River coach John Shotwell. “We tried to keep teams away from each other that play in the regular season, like Botetourt and us.”

There will also be a round-robin jayvee tournament with LB, River, Cave Spring and Tazewell.

River comes into the tournament at 3-1 after a 10-0 win at Staunton River last week. Haley Shotwell and Jessica Simmons combined for the shutout, with Shotwell picking up the win and Simmons earning a save.

Hope Falls had two hits and drove in three runs to lead the River offense against the Eagles. Conner Sprinkle and Dee Seeman also drove in runs and Shotwell was one-for-one with two walks.

Both local teams have softball games early next week. LB will be at Liberty on Monday and James River will play host to Bath County in their Pioneer District opener on Tuesday, matching two of the district favorites.

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