Friday's Group AA state semifinals

TICKETS: $10 for all games

BASEBALL

Grafton (25-2) vs. Brookville (19-6)

WHERE: Calfee Park in Pulaski.

WHEN: 10 a.m.

AT STAKE: The winner plays the Powhatan-Cave Spring winner at 1 p.m. Saturday at Radford University for the state championship.

OUTLOOK: Brookville coach Chris Glaize has some experience against York County teams in state tourney play, having started at second base when the Bees beat York for the 1987 AA title. He'll start "No. 1-A" pitcher Travis Burnette (8-2), an outfielder counted on heavily as a pitcher this season because of his lively arm (86-89 mph). The lineup Burnette will face in Grafton includes three future Longwood University teammates: CF Kyri Washington (.461 avg., 5-HR, 30-R in first 20 games), 2B CJ Roth (.500 avg.) and P/RF Blake Ream (.370, 9-1 pitching). Because Ream threw eight innings in the 3-2 state quarterfinal win over Monticello, Grafton's 1-A, Lane Thomas (11-0), starts in the semifinal. Burnette (.450 avg., 24 RBI) will be his biggest challenge, although it was Andrew Ewing's grand slam homer that was the key blast in Brookville's 7-4 win over Hidden Valley in the quarterfinals. Brookville has won 11 consecutive and Grafton 10 in a row. Should be a close one.

SOFTBALL

Poquoson (25-2) vs. Broadway (21-3)

WHERE: Radford University.

WHEN: 1 p.m.

AT STAKE: The winner plays the Woodgrove-Abingdon winner at 1 p.m. Saturday at Radford University for the state championship.

OUTLOOK: Both teams are veterans to this stage of the tournament. Several Poquoson players were on the 2010 state semifinalist, while eight starters return from the Broadway team that lost 8-1 to eventual champion Briar Woods in last year's state semis. The Islanders dethroned Briar Woods in the state quarterfinals, 1-0, behind Virginia Tech-bound pitching ace Maggie Tyler's one-hitter and Sydney Turner's game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh. Broadway's star is Mariah Foltz, the starting pitcher the past three seasons and one of the team's best hitters. She and center fielder Heather Cantrell earned All-Region III first team honors, while capable catcher Danyele Smith made the second team. But, like everyone else, they'll have difficulty getting to Tyler, who gives the Islanders a great shot of playing for their first state title in 20 years.

BOYS SOCCER

Jamestown (17-1-1) vs. Jefferson Forest (21-0-1)

WHERE: Radford University.

WHEN: 4 p.m.

AT STAKE: Then winner plays the Tuscarora-Blacksburg winner at noon Saturday at Radford University for the state championship.

OUTLOOK: Sophomore forward Matthew Crider, who scored JF's state-championship winning goal in a 2-1 upset of Blacksburg a year ago, missed the state quarterfinals with a red card. The Cavaliers won 6-0 anyway, and Crider will be in Friday's lineup. Midfielders Michael Sciarrino and Carlos Munoz spearheaded the attack in that game for the Cavaliers, who have outscored the opposition 86-10 this season. Jamestown has scored 105 goals this season, paced by 34 from Patrick Kelly and 29 by Jon Cullom. Kelly (17 assists), Dan Geyer (18 assists) and Phil Geyer (17 assists) have been the big distributors. The Eagles are particularly effective on attack when they get on the board first, which won't be an easy task against JF's standout goalkeeper Jeremy Lee. That takes some of the pressure off of a Jamestown defense that occasionally has struggled.

— Marty O'Brien

GIRLS TENNIS

Jamestown vs. E.C. Glass (17-1)

WHERE: Virginia Tech.

WHEN: Noon.

AT STAKE: Winner plays the Spotswood-Western Albemarle winner for the championship at 9 a.m. Saturday at Tech.

OUTLOOK: The Eagles seek a long, close match, where consistency and conditioning will be the biggest factors, but they look like the underdogs on paper. The Eagles lost 5-4 to E.C. Glass two years ago in a marathon semifinal, and both teams fell to Hidden Valley at state last season. Beating high-quality Fauquier 5-2 Monday should give Jamestown confidence. Leah Walter, Abby Hunt, Elizabeth Wallace and Kathy Sharp anchor the Eagles, while the Hilltoppers are paced by state singles runner-up Julie Clark and regional doubles champs Sydney Moon and Paige Riley. E.C. Glass beat quarterfinal foe Blacksburg 5-0 in less than an hour.

— Sonny Dearth