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Dukes and Monarchs move on to states in softball

In the Class 5A region semifinals, Gloucester beat Hickory and Menchville shutout Nansemond River.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Menchville is headed to states in softball for the first time ever and Gloucester will join them. It's the Dukes first trip in 6 years.

The Monarchs and Sarah Johnson shutout Nansemond River 2-0 on Tuesday in the Class 5A region semifinals. Johnson had 10 strikeouts and gave up just one hit.

Gloucester held Hickory scoreless in their 2-0 win. Mackenzie Smith struck out 10 on the way to the Dukes win. Laura Tobin and Makenna Keys drove in the Dukes' runs.