Baseball Roundup: Lafayette Hammers Warhill on the Road

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Preston Goodbar
Lafayette's Preston Goodbar makes contact with the ball. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

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Warhill came into Friday's matchup against Lafayette looking to avenge their Conference 25 tournament quarterfinal loss to the Rams last season.

Lafayette's offense had different plans.

The Rams defeated the Lions 11-3 behind nine hits and a well-balanced performance from the offense and defense.

Daniel Blankinship became the first Lafayette pitcher this season to throw a complete game, allowing two earned runs and striking out five batters over seven innings.

"Daniel did a great job," Lafayete Coach Rick Schenk said. "Everyone else has been throwing three or four innings this year. Daniel was the man today. His pitch count was low, so I told him to just finish it out."

Back-to-back Warhill fielding errors in the top of the second inning allowed Lafayette to score its first runs of the game.

Two at-bats later, a Preston Goodbar sac fly drove in the third run of the game for the Rams.

In the top of the fourth inning, Luc Lipcius scored from third on a wild pitch by Warhill starter Luke Bruce, who allowed seven earned runs over 5 1/3 innings.

Warhill responded in the bottom of the fourth inning as Robert Lipford drove in the first run of the game for the Lions on a sacrifice grounder.

Two at-bats later, Holden Lipscomb smacked a single into left field to cut the Lafayette lead to 4-2.

The Rams cut Warhill's momentum off in the top of the fifth inning, driving home four runs.

Lafayette continued to build on their offensive success by tacking on another three runs in the top of the sixth inning.

With Lafayette's lead ballooning, Schenk subbed in bench players to get them experience.

"This team is pretty equal all the way through the lineup," he said. "I can interchange players and pitchers. It's not a big deal, and I can trust them."

Lafayette (4-2) will travel to take on York at 2 p.m. Saturday, while Warhill (3-4) will visit New Kent at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Lafayette: 030;143;0 — 11 9 1
Warhill: 000;200;1 — 3 7 3

WP: Daniel Blankinship
LP: Luke Bruce

Lafayette: Jeremiah Antle (3-5, RBI), Luc Lipcius (3-3, RBI)
Warhill: Robert Lipford (1-3, RBI), Noah Ripchick (1-4, RBI)

 

Lowery Hits Two Homers in Jamestown Win

Jamestown's (6-2) Evan Lowery hit two home runs against Tabb on Friday — his fourth in two days — to help lead the Eagles to a 7-0 victory.

Corey Williams pitched a complete game shutout for Jamestown, marking the second shutout in as many days for the Eagles.

Jamestown's Michael Schmidt joined Lowery in hitting a home run, smacking a three-run homer in the top of the third inning.

Tabb's (4-4) Robbie Barrett recorded a pair of hits in the loss.

Jamestown will play its third game of the week Saturday as the Eagles travel to take on Poquoson. Tabb will also face a quick turnaround, visiting Grafton 1 p.m. Saturday.

Jamestown: 024;001;0 — 7 11 0
Tabb: 000;000;0 — 0 5 2

WP: Corey Williams
LP: Hunter Watson

Jamestown: Evan Lowery (3-4, 3 RBIs, 2 HR), Michael Schmidt (1-4, HR, 3 RBIs)
Tabb: Robbie Barrett (2-3), Dylan Camper (1-3), Evan Glass (1-3)

 

Smithfield's Darden Tosses No-Hitter Against York

Smithfield's Jack Darden threw a complete game no-hitter against York on Friday, giving up four walks and striking out nine batters during a 6-0 win.

Despite York (4-4) struggling to figure out Darden, the Falcons pitchers held their own.

David Brewster threw five innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs.

Trey Kurtyka drew two walks while Jaime Lewis walked once and stole two bases for York.

The Falcons will have a chance to rebound 2 p.m. Saturday as they host Lafayette.

York: 000;000;0 — 0 0 1
Smithfield: 201;003;x — 6 7 1

WP: Jack Darden
LP: David Brewster

York: Jaime Lewis (Walk, 2 SB), Trey Kurtyka (2 walks)
Smithfield: Bryce Nicholas (1-3, 2 RBIs), JR Polak (2-3, 2 RBIs)

 

Grafton Defeats Poquoson in Extra Innings

Seven innings were not enough to separate Grafton and Poquoson.

The Clippers (6-3) brought across the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat Poquoson 11-10 on Friday.

Jordan Sprouse, Jacob McAllister and Evan Sperling each drove in two runs for Grafton.

Grafton will host Tabb at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Poquoson: 030;303;10 – 10 14 4
Grafton: 060;013;01 – 11 6 2

WP: Collin Estes
LP: Trey Hicks

Poquoson: Austin Gault (2-5, 3 RBIs), Trey Hicks (1-5, 3 RBIs)
Grafton: Jordan Sprouse (1-4, 2 RBIs), Jacob McAllister (2 RBIs), Evan Sperling (2-3, 2 RBIs)

 

Bruton Loses Shootout to New Kent

Bruton's (2-5) nine runs were not enough as the Panthers were edged 10-9 by New Kent on the road Friday.

After plating eight batters through the first three innings, the Panthers mustered one run over the remaining four innings.

Zack Calloway and Kyle Morgan each drove in two runs for Bruton.

Bruton will host Smithfield 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Bruton: 404;010;0 – 9 14 3
New Kent: 203;201;2 – 10 12 5

WP: Cameron Downer
LP: Tredell Blow

Bruton: Zack Calloway (3-4, 2 RBIs), Kyle Morgan (3-4, 2 RBIs)
New Kent: Cox (3-4, 3 RBIs), Hamby (1-3, 2 RBIs)

Baseball Roundup: Lafayette Hammers Warhill on the Road