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Corey Williams put together a strong pitching performance in which he allowed four hits over six shutout innings during Jamestown's 5-0 win over York on Thursday.
Jamestown looked to be threatening early in the game as the Eagles loaded the bases in the top of the first inning with no outs. York pitcher Gabe Simmons got out of the jam, striking out the next two batters and forcing the third into a groundout.
The Eagles eventually broke through in the top of the third inning thanks to an RBI triple from Evan Lowery. His triple was followed up by an RBI groundout from Garrick Colorado.
A single and sacrifice bunt later, Kent Klyman stepped to the plate and delivered an RBI single to right field.
By the time the inning came to a close, Jamestown held a 3-0 lead.
"I'm really excited for our boys at Jamestown," Eagles Coach Mike Kuebler said about his team's performance. "We executed well. We played a little small ball to move some guys around, and we scored those guys after we moved them."
Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, York seemed to be gaining momentum. The Falcons had strung together three straight singles and had runners in scoring position with one out before the Jamestown defense turned an inning-ending double play.
The next half-inning, Jamestown extended its lead to 5-0 thanks to RBI from Michael Schmidt and Colorado.
While the Jamestown offense kept putting up runs, Williams kept preventing them.
With three strikeouts, Williams forced the Falcons into hitting ground balls and rarely allowed easy base runners, walking one batter during his six-inning appearance.
"He pitched an absolute gem," Kuebler said of Williams. "He stayed within himself and stayed focused. The York hitters did a good job of battling him when they had two strikes. He had one walk. That's awesome. You win ballgames that way."
Colorado replaced Williams in the seventh inning, allowing one hit to keep shutout intact.
Jamestown will hope to build on this win on the road against Nansemond River at 5 p.m. April 11. The Falcons will face a quick turnaround as they host Kecoughtan at 4 p.m. Friday.
Jamestown: 003; 002;0 — 5 10 2
York: 000;000;0 — 0 5 3
Jamestown: Lowery (2-2, 2BB, RBI), Klyman (3-4, RBI), Colorado (1-4, 2RBI)
York: Lewis (2-3), Collins (1-4)
Home Runs Propel Grafton Past Warhill
A pair of home runs helped Grafton power past Warhill 4-2 on the road Thursday afternoon.
The Clippers (3-2) jumped out to a two-run lead in the fourth inning thanks to a two-run shot from Ryan McDonald.
“He had just thrown me a ball in the dirt, so I was thinking he’s going to come back with a fastball and I was just going to wait for it,” McDonald said. “I made good contact on it, basically a dinger.”
Warhill (3-2) cut the deficit in half in the next inning as Noah Ripchick’s double scored Lucas Rice from first. A deep pop-fly to center stranded Ripchick and checked the Lions' rally.
The Clippers struck again in the sixth inning to reinstate a two-run advantage. Zach Lechthaler singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from pitcher Jacob McAllister. A double then sent Lechthaler across for the run to bring the score to 3-1.
Michael Bailey tallied the second Grafton home run of the day in the seventh, effectively sealing the win for the Clippers.
“It was a heck of a game for both sides,” Grafton coach Matt Lewellen said. “Warhill played well, and we had a couple of guys step up swinging the bat.”
Trailing by three runs in the bottom of the seventh, the Lions began a final rally.
Trey Drummond reached base after his grounder escaped the infield. Gavin Herspold entered as a base runner for Drummond, and scored moments later after Grafton’s catcher dropped an infield pop-fly.
A deep shot caught in center field ended the rally, though, culminating a disappointing day for the Lions offense.
“We didn’t score as many runs today, but that happens in baseball,” Warhill coach John Corbin said. “This is our third game in a row, and we have a fourth one tomorrow. I don’t know if it’s our guys getting tired, but we didn’t square up as well as the last two days.”
The Lions struggled with first-pitch strikes and fell behind McAllister throughout the evening. For his part, McAllister did not waste the opportunities.
“Jacob got ahead of a lot of hitters. He’s so composed out there and he gets locked in the zone and just wants to throw,” Lewellen said. “He has fun doing it, he’s a competitor and he pitched a heck of a game.”
Grafton: 000;201;1 – 4 8 2
Warhill: 000;010;01 – 2 4 1
WP: Jacob McAllister
LP: Lucas Rice
Bruton Shuts Out Tabb
Bruton's Tyler Floyd threw a complete-game shutout against Tabb on Thursday night, helping the Panthers secure a 2-0 victory.
Floyd allowed five hits through seven innings, striking out five batters while handing Bruton (2-3) its second win of the season.
Kyle Morgan helped Bruton's cause by going 2-3 from the plate and driving in a run.
Tabb's Robbie Barrett had a solid day on the mound, allowing one earned run over six strong innings.
Both teams will be back in action at 4:30 p.m. April 14. Bruton will host Grafton, while Tabb (3-3) will travel to York.
Bruton: 010;000;1 — 2 4 0
Tabb: 000;000;0 — 0 5 2
Bruton: Morgan (2-3, RBI), Floyd (CG, 5K)
Tabb: Barrett (6 IP, ER), Hunter (2-4)
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy Tops Hampton Roads Academy
The Hampton Roads Academy baseball team was unable to keep pace with a high-powered Nansemond-Suffolk offense during Thursday's 8-3 home loss.
Erik Harris drove in two runs for Hampton Roads Academy (2-3), while Christian Rivera and Bruce Jackson each added an RBI.
The Navigators will hit the road noon Saturday as they take on Fishburne Military School.
NSA: 000;016;1 — 8 7 1
HRA: 300;000;0 — 3 4 6
LP: B. Jackson
NSA: Clayton (RBI), Buchannan (RBI), Williams (2 RBI)
HRA: Rivera (2 hits, R), Harris (2 RBI), Jackson (RBI)