Baseball Roundup: Pitching and Defense Lead Jamestown Over Grafton

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Garrick Colorado
Jamestown pitcher Garrick Colorado pitched five strong innings, allowing no earned runs. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

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Behind Garrick Colorado's five strong innings on the mound, Jamestown took down Grafton 3-1 at home Tuesday night.

Colorado, often a closer for the Eagles, allowed five hits and no earned runs to help his team get its second win over the Clippers this season, flipping the script from last season in which the Clippers defeated the Eagles all three times the two teams competed.

The win improves Jamestown's record to 8-2, while Grafton drops to 6-5.

The Eagles put runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning after Kent Klyman delivered a two-run double to center field that brought home Chris Jones and Michael Schmidt.

"We got enough runs and played well under pressure when the game was on the line," Jamestown Coach Mike Kuebler said. "We were lucky enough to get two more runs than they did."

The only major gaffe from Jamestown — a third inning throwing error — gave Grafton its only run of the game, as Grafton's DJ Dobbins scored from second base to cut Jamestown's lead to 2-1.

Jamestown responded quickly the next half inning as Schmidt brought home Cameron Mays on a double to left field.

Leading 3-1, Jamestown's defense made sure Grafton would not close the gap.

"Pitching and defense wins games. That's what they say, right?" Kuebler joked.

For Grafton, Jamestown's defense was no laughing matter. The Eagles defense forced three-up, three-down scenarios for two consecutive innings.

By the end of the contest, Grafton stranded eight runners on base thanks to the Jamestown defense.

Grafton's best chance to get back into the game came in the top of the sixth inning with runners on the corners and two outs.

Jamestown pitcher Ryan Mason, who entered the game for Colorado after the fifth inning, shut the door on Grafton's comeback attempt, forcing a groundout to end the inning.

The Eagles will look to extend their win streak to five games when they host New Kent at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Meanwhile, Grafton will look to end a two-game losing skid when they travel to take on Lafayette at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Grafton: 001;000;0 — 1 7 1
Jamestown: 201;000;x — 3 4 2

WP: Garrick Colorado
LP: Jacob McAllister

Grafton: DJ Dobbins (2-4, R), Evan Sperling (1-3)
Jamestown: Michael Schmidt (2-2, RBI), Garrick Colorado (1-3)

 

Lafayette Tops Bruton in Extra Innings

Daniel Blankinship smacked the game-winning double in the top of the ninth inning to help spur Lafayette to a 7-4 road victory against Bruton on Tuesday.

Tied 2-2 heading into extra innings, Lafayette and Bruton (2-7) held each other in check until the top of the ninth inning.

With the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, Lafayette's Andre Lipcius stepped to the plate and hit a hard single to third base, scoring Chase Bauer to put the Rams up 3-2.

Blankinship's double extended Lafayette's lead to 5-2 before Luc Lipcius hit a sac fly that drove in another run. The Rams added one more run before the inning ended thanks to a Mitch Barrick RBI double.

The Bruton loss squandered a stellar day for Zack Calloway, who was 4-5 from the plate with two RBIs coming off a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Lafayette has now won four consecutive games with the Rams looking to make it five-in-a-row as they host Grafton at 4:30 p.m. Friday. The Panthers will travel to take on Poquoson at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Lafayette: 000;011;005 — 7 11 2
Bruton: 000;200;002 — 4 7 4

WP: Matt Keane
LP: Ben Adams

Lafayette: Daniel Blankinship (1-4, 2 RBIs), Andre Lipcius (3-5, RBI)
Bruton: Zack Calloway (4-5, 2 RBIs)

 

Tabb Takes Down Poquoson

Nick Hunter had a successful day for Tabb, going 2-3 from the plate with two RBIs and two stolen bases as the Tigers defeated Poquoson 9-5 at home Tuesday.

Tabb's Evan Glass and DJ Williams each chipped in at the plate with Glass driving in two runs and Williams adding another.

The Tigers move to 6-4 on the season and will host New Kent at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Poquoson: 102;020;0 – 5
Tabb: 053;100;x – 9

WP: Hunter Watson
LP: Lauffenburger

Poquoson: Trey Hicks (3-3, R), Bret Lawson (2-4, 2 RBIs)
Tabb: Nick Hunter (2-3, 2 RBIs, 2 SB), Evan Glass (1-2, RBI)

Baseball Roundup: Pitching and Defense Lead Jamestown Over Grafton