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Timely hitting and fortuitous bounces helped Warhill's baseball team defeat Tabb 5-2 at home Tuesday.
In the bottom of the second inning, Trey Drummond smacked a two-run double to put the Lions up 2-0 early.
The Lions caught a bit of a lucky break when, with two outs in the top of the third inning, a wild pitch by starting pitcher Pat Daly sent Nick Hunter sprinting for home from third base.
The ball bounced off the backstop and allowed Drummond, who plays catcher for Warhill (3-1), to reach it. Drummond slung the ball to Daly, who was covering home plate, and watched his pitcher tag Hunter out to end the inning.
"To be honest with you, I've never seen a ball hit that backstop that hard and come back that far," Warhill Coach John Corbin said. "I believe we got a lucky break, and it caught that pole right in the center. I've never seen a ball come back 20 feet. It's one of those breaks that we'll take in a game where you need those little breaks to get the job done."
Aside from a couple wild pitches, solid pitching by Warhill ace Pat Daly helped keep the Tigers at bay, allowing three hits and striking out seven batters over five innings.
Tabb (2-2) got on the board in the top of the fifth inning before Daly's stint on the mound ended. A fielding error allowed Tabb's John Atwood to reach base before Evan Glass brought him home on a single to cut Warhill's lead to 2-1.
The Lions broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth inning as Tabb sent in their fourth pitcher of the day, DJ Williams.
Williams allowed Hayden Johnson and Jordan Bailey to drive in runs, with another run coming off a throwing error from right field.
"We squared up a few balls," Corbin said of his team's performance in the sixth inning. "We went the other way like I'd been asking them to. They were aggressive early in the count on fastballs."
Glass drove in his second run of the game in the top of the seventh inning in an attempt to keep Tabb in the game, but the Tigers were unable to close the gap all the way.
Warhill will hope to build on this win as the Lions prepare to face Grafton at home Thursday. Tabb will have a quick turnaround as the Tigers take on Lake Taylor on the road at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Tabb: 000;010;1 — 2 3 0
Warhill: 020;003;x — 5 7 4
WP: Pat Daly
LP: DJ Williams
Tabb: Evan Glass (2-3, 2 RBIs), Nick Hunter (2-2, 2 BBs)
Warhill: Trey Drummond (1-2, 2 RBIs), Hayden Johnson (1-2, RBI, HBP)
York Edges Grafton Thanks to Clipper Missteps
Without tallying an RBI, York's baseball team managed to upend Grafton (2-2) at home 2-1 on Tuesday.
In the top of the first inning, Grafton pitcher Evan Sperling walked the first two batters of the game, who then advanced to second and third after York's (3-1) Justin Parrish successfully executed a sacrifice bunt.
A Sperling wild pitch allowed Jamie Lewis to score from third base for the first run of the game.
Grafton, which also did not have any players drive in a run, scored in the bottom of the first inning with runners on first and third. The runner on first base stole second, which prompted the catcher to throw to the shortstop in an attempt to catch the runner at third base. Instead, the shortstop collided with an umpire, which allowed Ricks Dearing to score from third base.
York scored again in the top of the third inning on throwing error that allowed Trey Kurtyka to reach home from second base.
Eric Harp pitched a complete game for York, allowing two hits and striking out 10 batters over seven innings.
Despite the loss, Sperling pitched six strong innings in which he allowed two hits and struck out nine batters.
York will continue its season against Jamestown at home at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Grafton will face Warhill on the road at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
York: 101;000;0 — 2 4 4
Grafton: 100;000;0 — 1 2 1
WP: Eric Harp
LP: Evan Sperling
York: Jamie Lewis (1-3, R), Trey Kurtyka (1-3, R)
Grafton: Ricks Dearing (0-3, R), DJ Dobbins (1-2)
Norfolk Christian Blows Out Walsingham Academy
The Walsingham Academy (4-5) offense could not keep pace with Norfolk Christian during Tuesday's 10-4 road loss.
Beau LeJeune and Thomas Chisam recorded RBI for Walsingham Academy.
LeJeune had a rough day on the mound, pitching four innings and allowing six earned runs on seven hits.
The Trojans will look to rebound against Peninsula Catholic at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Walsingham Academy: 010;020;1 — 4 7 2
Norfolk Christian: 222;103;x — 10 11 5
Walsingham Academy: Chisam (2-4, RBI), LeJeune (1-4, RBI)
Norfolk Christian: Cravas (2-3, 2 RBIs), Clark (2-4, 2 RBIs)
HRA Offense Erupts Against Portsmouth Catholic
Chris Leavey drove in three runs to help lead Hampton Roads Academy over Portsmouth Catholic 14-4 on the road in six innings Tuesday.
Bruce Jackson, Chase Bartol and Erik Harris each drove in two runs for the Navigators.
Hampton Roads Academy will travel to play Nansemond-Suffolk Academy at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Hampton Roads Academy: 106;151 – 14 13 3
Portsmouth Catholic: 003;010 – 4 7 5
Hampton Roads Academy: Leavey (4 hits, 3 RBI), Jackson (2 RBI), Bartol (2 RBI)
Portsmouth Catholic: Redden (2 hits, R), Massengale (2 RBI)