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Warhill knew Wednesday’s opponent all too well. A season ago, Colonial Heights cut the Lions’ season short in the Conference 25 quarterfinal courtesy of a 4-0 decision.
A repeat was not in the making, however, as Warhill flipped the script behind Keely Rochard’s complete game and an offensive showcase.
Rochard struck out 10 batters and allowed one run on five hits while the Lions (6-1) racked up 16 hits in the six-inning, 11-1 win.
“We wanted to beat them because they’re such a great team and last year we ended a little earlier than we wanted to,” said Olivia Schulz, who went 3-for-4 and scored a run. “We wanted to come out and prove a point.”
The first, second and third innings all featured two-run efforts from the Lions. After a four-run fourth, Hayley Schulz’s RBI double sealed the win in the sixth inning.
The game marked the fourth time the Lions have tallied double-digit runs this season.
“They work extremely hard,” Coach Meredith Powell said of the team’s offensive production. “We work on hitting a lot. Hitting has been our weakness in the past and so they really committed themselves to getting better offensively.”
Hayley Schulz knocked a two-run double to center field to open the scoring in the bottom of the first.
The Lions scored two runs in the second and third innings to extend their lead to 6-0.
The Minutemen finally got to Rochard in the top of the fourth. Emily Bartholomew singled up the gap in center before Breanne Turner reached after being hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a passed ball before Sophie Keene plated Bartholomew with an infield single.
Aside from the lone run, Rochard largely commanded the strike zone. While not as dominant as other outings, the Virginia Tech commit still managed 10 strikeouts with two walks.
“Even when she might not be getting a call or someone might come around on a pitch that we called, she does a really good job bouncing back,” Powell said. “When they got runners on base she got herself out of it.”
The Lions responded to the run with four of their own in the bottom of the inning. Kasey Tomes logged an RBI single before Walters smashed a three-run double off the right-field fence.
After a three-up, three-down fifth inning from both teams, the Lions earned the decisive run in the bottom of the sixth. Ortiz reached on a double that just topped the outfielder’s glove before Hayley Schulz’s double plated Ortiz during the next at-bat.
“We have three more games, so we have to stay focused,” Olivia Schulz said. “It’s really nice to know we got this win, but we’ll probably see them again so we need to stay focused.”
Warhill travels to Jamestown on Thursday before closing out the week against Lafayette and New Kent on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Colonial Heights: 000;100 – 1
Warhill: 222;401 – 11
WP: Keely Rochard
LP: Ashley Knowles
Colonial Heights: S. Keene (1-3, RBI), B. Turner (2-2)
Warhill: J. Ortiz (3-3, 2 RBIs), H. Schulz (3-4, 4 RBIs), K. Tomes (2-4, RBI), J. Walter (2-2, 3 RBIs)
Big Fifth Inning Carries York Against Tabb
York’s Devon Smith hit a three-run homer to help lead the Falcons to an 8-2 win at home against Tabb on Wednesday.
Molly Rogerson pitched a complete game for York, allowing two hits and two runs in the win.
While Rogerson dealt on the mound, the Falcons provided plenty of offensive support, putting up three runs over the first three innings before exploding for five runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Tabb freshman Amber Verstynen was responsible for the only two Tiger hits, recording a pair of singles in the losing effort.
The win moves York to 5-2 on the season with an upcoming road game against Smithfield at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Meanwhile, Tabb drops to 3-5 and hopes to rebound at home 4 p.m. Friday against Jamestown.
Tabb: 001;010;0 — 2 2 3
York: 111;050;x — 8 6 5
WP: Molly Rogerson
LP: Alexis Gore
Tabb: Amber Verstynen (2-4)
York: Devon Smith (1-2, HR, 3 RBIs), Katie Russell (2-4, 2 RBIs)