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Bruton snapped a four-game skid and eased by Lafayette in the process Tuesday night. The final scoreline, 6-2, mirrors the first meeting between the two teams earlier in the season.
The Panthers (3-7) scored three runs in the first and third innings while the Rams, still winless, managed a run apiece in the first and fourth inning.
For first-year Coach Tim Jones, the loss hides Lafayette’s progress.
Jones said that, at the least, they had not lost any ground since their first matchup with Bruton.
“It’s always a work in progress, and we’ll be back to the drawing board tomorrow,” Jones said.
“Haven’t gotten that win yet, but wins aren’t everything.”
Bruton, meanwhile, earned its first win of their last five outings. Kelsey Sluss threw a complete game, scattering nine hits across seven innings while allowing just a pair of runs. Offensively, the Panthers entire lineup recorded at least one hit with three enjoying multi-hit outings.
DaSha Hill opened up the bottom of the first with a stand-up double. After stealing third, Hill scored the Panthers’ first run off a Sluss single.
Bruton loaded the bases with a pair of walks before a third consecutive walk then plated the second run of the night and put the Panthers ahead for good. Caity Washam scored Kelcee Harrod off a single to cap the first inning scoring.
Bruton scored another three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Sarah Mazanek ripped a shot up the gap in center, scoring Hannah Hogan, before Rachel Brotherton brought Sarah Tracy home with a bunt.
Hill laid down another bunt in the ensuing at-bat, which scored the final run of the inning as Mazanek crossed home plate.
After four losses, Coach Danny Williams ran the Panthers through a tough practice. Williams said that practice, alongside basic execution, helped Bruton out of the slump.
“The girls played together, as a team, and it was a whole team effort,” Williams said.
Lafayette, meanwhile, earned the first run of the game in the top of the first. Gabby Boesler reached on an infield single before stealing second on a passed ball. Bruton tried to catch Boesler stealing third, but a botched throw allowed Boesler to advance home.
After a scoreless second and third innings, Lafayette struck again in the fourth. Anna Wright’s stand-up double plated a courtesy runner.
The Rams scored just two runs on nine hits, in part due to Bruton’s defense. With runners in scoring position in the top of the second, the Panthers infield ran down a base runner for the second out. Hill then provided an outfield assist, catching a runner at home for the final out.
“With an arm like DaSha Hill has in the outfield, you’re going to have those throw outs at the plate,” Williams said. “They’re going to test her arm, and it’s not going to wind up good for the other team.”
While Williams applauded his defense, Jones pointed out Lafayette’s problematic base running.
The Rams stranded a number of runners throughout the evening.
“We need to work on fine-tuning our base running and executing when the ball is put in play,” Jones said. “We left a lot of runners on base and in scoring position. We just can’t run into outs.”
Lafayette will keep searching for their first win when the Rams host Grafton at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Bruton looks to win back-to-back games Friday, when the Panthers take on Poquoson on the road.
Bruton: 303;000;x — 6 13 4
Lafayette: 100;100;0 — 2 9 3
WP: Kelsey Sluss
LP: Julia Jones
Bruton: DaSha Hill (2-4, RBI), Kelsey Sluss (2-4, RBI, 7IP, 2R, 9H, 5K), Washam (2-3, RBI)
Lafayette: Julia Jones (7IP, 6R, 13H, 3K), Anna Wright (2-3, RBI)
Kayley Cox Helps Grafton Keep Jamestown at Bay
The Grafton (10-2) softball team defeated Jamestown 3-1 on the road Tuesday thanks to 2 RBI and a strong pitching performance from Kayley Cox.
Cox struck out four batters and allowed three hits over seven innings for the Clippers.
Christa Hall had a perfect batting average for Grafton, going 3 for 3 and crossing home plate twice.
Jamestown’s (1-8) Jessica Mingo drove in Arianna Reynolds in the bottom of the fourth inning for the Eagles’ only run of the game.
Grafton will travel to take on Lafayette at 4:30 p.m. Friday in an attempt to win a fifth consecutive game. Meanwhile, Jamestown will host Kecoughtan at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Grafton: 002;010;0 — 3 7 0
Jamestown: 000;100;0 — 1 3 1
WP: Kayley Cox
LP: Arianna Reynolds
Grafton: Christa Hall (3-3), Kayley Cox (1-3, 2 RBIs)
Jamestown: Jessica Mingo (1-3, RBI), Arianna Reynolds (2-3, R)
York Shuts Out New Kent
The York (6-3) softball team held New Kent scoreless during Tuesday’s 3-0 road win.
Chelsea Evans helped carry York in the circle and at the plate, allowing two hits over seven innings pitched and going 3 for 4 from the plate.
Hayley Winfree and Carly Breen each went 1-3 with a double for York.
The Falcons will host Warhill 4:30 p.m. Friday.
York: 120;000;0 — 3 9 2
New Kent: 000;000;0 — 0 2 2
WP: Chelsea Evans
LP: Destiny Eberhard
York: Chelsea Evans (3-4), Hayley Winfree (1-3, 2B)
New Kent: Madison Beasley (1-3), Stephanie Torrence (1-3)
Tabb Offense Lights Up Poquoson
Kendall Wooddell helped pace a high-flying Tabb offense to a 7-4 home victory against Poquoson on Tuesday.
Beth Ann Hall and Jade DeSimone each drove in a pair of runs for Tabb, while Amber Verstynen and Ashley Adams each went 3 for 4 from the plate.
Alexis Gore of Tabb gave up six hits and four earned runs over seven innings.
The Tigers will travel to take on Smithfield at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Poquoson: 000;210;1 — 4 6 0
Tabb: 200;050;x — 7 11 0
WP: Alexis Gore
Poquoson: Sawyer (2-4, RBI), Pinder (2-3, RBI)
Tabb: Kendall Wooddell (2-3, 3 RBIs), Beth Ann Hall (1-3, 2 RBI)
HRA Blows Out Cape Henry
Hampton Roads Academy (4-4) made quick work of Cape Henry during Tuesday’s 16-6 five-inning win.
The Navigators took advantage of six Cape Henry fielding errors.
Taylor Kagie drove in two runs for Hampton Roads Academy, while Anne Casey went 2-2.
Hampton Roads Academy will host Peninsula Catholic at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Cape Henry: 101;04 — 6 7 6
HRA: 452;14 — 16 7 2
WP: Kristen Zwicklbauer
Cape Henry: Thornton (1-2), Haddad (2-3)
HRA: Taylor Kagie (1-2, 2 RBIs), Anne Casey (2-2), Isabel Perez (1-2)