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Tabb’s one-run decision over Lafayette on Tuesday afternoon carried a little more weight than a typical Bay Rivers District rivalry game.
Tabb Coach Dale Marn said he’s all too familiar with Lafayette, having coached alongside Coach Rick Schenk before took over the Rams program.
“It’s a rivalry, but obviously a very friendly one. We love to play against each other,” Marn said. “He likes to beat me and I like to beat him, but it’s always good-natured and a lot of fun.”
Marn’s Tigers (8-5) earned a tight 3-2 win over Schenk’s Rams (8-3), winners of five consecutive heading into Tuesday. The Tigers scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth to secure the win.
Grayson Goodrich scattered six hits over six innings before Robbie Barrett threw a scoreless seventh inning for Tabb. Lafayette’s Matt Keane also allowed just six hits, but recorded the loss after giving up three runs.
Tabb started fast with a two-run first inning. Evan Glass walked before Barrett reached on an error. Consecutive singles from Jake Berrena and Hunter Watson scored the two base runners.
A 4-6-3 double play, one of Lafayette’s two on the afternoon, ended the inning and set the tone for the next three defensive-minded innings.
The Tigers caught John Barton stealing second base in the second inning before the Rams returned the favor in the third. Watson smacked a shot to center only to watch a sliding catch rob him of his second hit.
“I thought that as the game went along, we got out of a lot of situations,” Schenk said. “They left a ton of men on base.”
Lafayette broke through in the fifth inning. Jeremiah Antle singled to bring Barton home before Andre Lipcius singled to center for Lafayette’s second run of the game.
Unfazed, Goodrich returned in the sixth for a seven-pitch, three-batter inning.
“He’s been solid all year long for us,” Marn said of Goodrich. “When he can get ahead like he did today, he’s tough.”
Still tied in the bottom of the sixth, Tabb’s designated hitter Robert Tulloss led off with a single to right. Noah Lay entered as the runner, stole second and advanced to third off Nick Hunter’s single to left-center field.
When Keane threw a pitch in the dirt, Lay initially turned back to third to tag up while the ball worked its way to the backstop. Marn, who had a better view of the ball, waved Lay home.
The throw home was not accurate, but it did not matter as Lay slide across the plate safely.
Barrett handled the seventh, facing four batters and recording a strikeout to secure the win for Tabb.
Tabb, winners of four of their last five games, travel to New Kent on Friday. Lafayette, meanwhile, heads to preseason favorites Jamestown on Friday. First pitches are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively.
Lafayette: 000;020;0 – 2 6 1
Tabb: 200;001;x – 3 6 3
WP: Grayson Goodrich (Robbie Barrett save)
LP: Matt Keane
Lafayette: Jeremiah Antle (2-4, RBI), Andre Lipcius (2-3, RBI)
Tabb: Jake Berrena (1-2, RBI, BB), Hunter Watson (1-3, RBI)
Grafton Snaps Losing Streak, Defeats New Kent
Grafton’s baseball team snapped a three-game losing streak by easing past New Kent 11-4 on the road Tuesday.
The Grafton (7-6) offense had no trouble roughing up New Kent starting pitcher Mitchell Metheny, who gave up seven earned runs off nine hits in five innings.
Ricks Dearing and Ryan McDonald drove in three and two runs, respectively, for Grafton.
Jacob McAllister, who got the start on the mound for Grafton, pitched a respectable five innings, allowing four earned runs and eight hits.
Grafton will look to continue its winning ways at home against Smithfield on Friday.
Grafton: 251;002;1 – 11 12 0
New Kent: 100;030;0 – 4 8 1
WP: Jacob McAllister
LP: Mitchell Metheny
Grafton: Ricks Dearing (2-5, 3 RBIs), Ryan McDonald (1-3, 2 RBIs)
New Kent: Steven Carpenter (2-3, RBI), Trey Cox (2-3, RBI)
Warhill Edges Bruton at Home
Despite getting down early, Warhill battled back to earn a 4-3 win at home against Bruton on Tuesday.
Bruton took advantage of two Warhill fielding errors and a passed ball to score two runs in the top of the first inning.
From there, Warhill began to claw its way back into the game.
After RBIs from Trey Drummond and Reece Koon got Warhill back in the game, Pat Daly hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth inning that drove in Noah Ripchick for the game-winning run.
Warhill (6-4) will host Gloucester at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, while Bruton (2-10) will host York at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Bruton: 201;000;0 – 3 2 1
Warhill: 011;110;0 – 4 3 2
WP: Aharon Davidson
LP: Brett Martin
Bruton: Tyler Floyd (2-3)
Warhill: Trey Drummond (1-3, RBI), Reece Koon (1-3, RBI)
Jamestown Loses Road Game Against Smithfield
Six errors ruined Jamestown’s chances at taking down Smithfield on the road Tuesday, leading to a 7-2 loss.
The game started well for the Eagles, who scored two runs in the top of the first inning thanks to a passed ball and an Evan Lowery sacrifice groundout.
From there, the game got out of hand. Smithfield scored seven consecutive runs over the next five innings to pull away from Jamestown.
The loss snaps a five-game Jamestown win streak. The Eagles (9-3) will look to get back to their winning ways as they take on Lafayette at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Jamestown: 200;000;0 – 2 6 6
Smithfield: 021;202;x – 7 7 1
WP: Jakob Ryan
LP: Corey Williams
Jamestown: Kevin Mooney (2-3), Chris Jones (1-3, R)
Smithfield: Nicholas Baham (1-4, 2 RBIs)