Despite collecting just three hits, Apprentice School improved to 2-0 in its national baseball tournament with a 7-4 victory Tuesday against Selma (Ala.).
At the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association Small College World Series in Butler, Pa., the Builders (34-8) drew seven walks and capitalized on three errors by Selma (24-4).
Trevin Wilson batted 2-for-3 for the Builders. Apprentice's only other hit was a two-run single by Ryan Hendrickson, which came during a four-run fourth inning. Hendrickson's hit down the left-field line scored Devorn Lake and Brock Harris.
Hendrickson also drove in the eventual winning run in the Builders' victory Monday night against Briarcliffe (N.Y.).
Apprentice will play Wednesday against Cincinnati-Clermont, and that game's winner will have two chances to capture the championship.
Winner Taylor Gomer pitched six innings, allowing five hits and four runs. David Sebera came in for the Builders and earned his fourth save of the season.
Kecoughtan High graduate Tajama Abraham Ngongba was hired as an assistant coach at George Mason.
Ngongba was Radford's head coach for five seasons. Before that, she was a standout player for George Washington -- where she scored a school-record 2,134 points from 1994-97 -- a WNBA player and an assistant at GW, VCU and Richmond.
“Tajama brings a wealth of experience as a coach, student-athlete and professional athlete to Mason,” Mason head coach Nyla Milleson said in a release. “Her strong familiarity with the area will only help us in recruiting local kids to the program and her passion and energy for the game will help move this program forward.”
James Madison sophomore catalyst Morgan Heath, a Grafton High graduate, made the All-Colonial Athletic Association second team.
The Dukes are seeded second in this week's four-team CAA tournament. The winner will head to the NCAA tournament.
Heath hit .308 with 10 doubles and five home runs this season after being named to the first team as a freshman in 2012. She contributed 37 runs, 20 RBI, 15 walks and 21 steals in 52 games.
JMU also claimed honors for Player of the Year (Sarah Mooney) and Rookie of the Year (Jailyn Ford, primarily a pitcher).
A second freshman from Newport News will be heading to the NCAA Division III team tournament this weekend.
Claire Spencer, a freshman at Carleton, helped her team take the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship last weekend. The Knights (15-7) beat St. Thomas 5-0 in the championship match as Spencer scored the decisive fifth point, winning 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5.
Spencer is 17-3 in singles, mostly at line 5, and 2-1 in doubles for the Knights. They have beaten two Division II programs and are ranked seventh in the Central Region, one of four in Division III.
In her final two seasons playing for Menchville, Spencer won the Peninsula District singles championship and shared the doubles crown.
Carleton will meet Grinnell in the first round, and the winner will take on regional host Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Also appearing in this weekend's NCAAs will be Hampton Roads Academy graduate Shelby Harris, who has led Mary Washington (19-4) to rankings of No. 6 in the Atlantic South Region and No. 27 in the nation. Those rankings figure to rise, since they came out before UMW defeated national No. 16 Washington and Lee 5-4 Sunday in Lexington.
Harris, often playing at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles with Southampton Academy product Lindsay Raulston, helped the Eagles capture the Capital Athletic Conference championship. Harris is 18-6 in singles, icnluding 11-5 on line 2, and 16-5 in doubles.
UMW will face Saint Vincent in Pittsburgh, with the winner likely to face regional host Carnegie Mellon.