Softball Roundup: Kayley Cox’s Pitching Leads Grafton to Victory is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Kayley Cox (file photo)
Kayley Cox (File Photo)

Kayley Cox pitched lights out for Grafton, allowing three hits and no earned runs during the Clippers’ 3-2 win against New Kent in extra innings.

Grafton’s Christa Hall doubled to left field during the first at-bat of the game. Two at-bats later, Tara Deck grounded out to second base, but not before bringing Hall home.

The Clippers struck again in the top of the sixth inning when a Marika Whitlatch sacrifice grounder brought Hall home to extend their lead to 2-0.

New Kent responded in the next half inning, scoring a pair of runs off a Grafton fielding error.

The two teams battled into the ninth inning, in which Whitlatch scored the game-winning run off a fielder’s choice.

Grafton (12-2) will look to extend its six-game winning streak as the Clippers host Smithfield on Friday.

Grafton: 100;001;001 – 3 6 1
New Kent: 000;002;000 – 2 3 2

WP: Kayley Cox
LP: Destiny Eberhard

Grafton: Christa Hall (3-4, 2 R), Tara Deck (2-4, RBI)
New Kent: Paige Simpson (1-3)


Tabb Run-Rules Lafayette

The Tabb offense could not be controlled against Lafayette on Tuesday, helping pace the Tigers to an 11-1 win in five innings.

Tabb put up six runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to timely hitting and savvy baserunning.

The Tigers continued the offensive explosion in the second inning, tacking on another two runs thanks to RBI singles from Ashley Adams and Kendall Wooddell.

Scoring stalled for both teams until the top of the fifth inning when Lafayette’s Gabrielle Boesler drove in Brieanna Gillen on a double, cutting Tabb’s lead to 8-1.

Three more Tabb runs in the bottom of the fifth inning extended the Tigers’ lead to 11-1, ending the game due to the Virginia High School League 10-run rule.

Tabb (8-6) will continue its season Friday on the road against New Kent. Lafayette (0-10) will travel to play Jamestown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Lafayette: 000;01 – 1 5 2
Tabb: 620;03 – 11 12 1

WP: Alexis Gore
LP: Julia Jones

Lafayette: Gabrielle Boesler (2-3, RBI), Hailey Fonner (1-2)
Tabb: Ashley Adams (2-3, 2 RBIs), Kendall Wooddell (3-3, 2 RBIs)


Smithfield Shuts Out Jamestown

The Jamestown girls tennis team struggled to find a rhythm against Smithfield, losing 8-0 at home Tuesday.

Smithfield’s Sydney Gay pitched a stellar game, striking out 13 batters during the shutout win.

Samantha Tiffany, Arianna Reynolds and Caroline Cherry each recorded hits for Jamestown.

Jamestown (1-12) will take on Lafayette at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Smithfield: 001;043;0 – 8 15 0
Jamestown: 000;000;0 – 0 3 5

WP: Sydney Gay
LP: Arianna Reynolds

Smithfield: Sydney Gay (13 K, 4-4, RBI)
Jamestown: Samantha Tiffany (hit), Arianna Reynolds (hit)


Warhill Takes Down Bruton

Keely Rochard smacked a solo home run to help Warhill (10-3) take down Bruton 4-1 at home Tuesday.

Warhill’s Colby Norris threw a five-hitter to help keep Bruton at bay for a majority of the game.

Bruton’s (3-9) Kelsey Sluss pitched a respectable six innings, allowing three earned runs and seven hits in the losing effort.

The Lions will face a quick turnaround as they prepare to take on Denbigh at home Wednesday. Bruton will host York at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Bruton: 010;000;0 – 1 5 1
Warhill: 021;001;x – 4 7 1

WP: Colby Norris
LP: Kelsey Sluss

Bruton: DaSha Hill (1-4), Kelsey Sluss (1-2)
Warhill: Keely Rochard (1-3, RBI), Olivia Schulz (1-3, RBI)


York Blows Out Poquoson

York’s offense exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to rout Poquoson 13-3 in six innings at home Tuesday.

The Falcons took advantage of timely hitting and fielding errors by Poquoson during the critical inning.

Hayley Winfree and Katie Russell each drove in three runs for York in the win.

York (7-4) will continue its season on the road against Bruton on Friday.

Poquoson: 000;030 – 3 4 10
York: 001;912 – 13 9 2

WP: Chelsea Evans
LP: Megan Hibbs

York: Hayley Winfree (3-4, HR, 3 RBIs), Katie Russell (1-4, 3 RBIs), Chelsea Evans (1-4, 2 RBIs)