Softball Roundup: York Pitching Stifles Jamestown

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Molly Rogerson York SoftballA month after two York pitchers combined to throw a perfect game against Jamestown, York coach Ashley Meredith named Maddi Capps the starter in hopes of a similar result in Friday afternoon’s rematch with the Eagles.

Capps did not disappoint, turning in four shutout innings and allowing a single run through five innings to help York to a 10-3 win over Jamestown.

Capps and Molly Rogerson, who pitched the final two innings, held the Eagles (2-14) to just three hits and three unearned runs.

“Maddi did a great job,” Meredith said. “We’re pretty deep on the pitching staff, so it was nice to give her a shot and let her see what it’s like, and for us to see how she handles almost a full game.”

With Capps keeping Jamestown off the scoreboard, the Falcons (10-5) went to work behind the plate. After a scoreless first inning, York used three consecutive base hits to drive in three runs in the second.

The Falcons then chased Jamestown’s starter, Mikayla King-Ortiz, from the game early in the fourth inning. York combined small ball and power hitting as three singles, a steal, a two-run double and a handful of Jamestown errors culminated in a six-run frame.

Jamestown rallied for their first run in the fifth inning, as a fielder’s choice allowed a run to score. After York buffered their lead with another run in the sixth, the Eagles responded again.

In the sixth, a York error and passed ball helped the Eagles plate two more runs. For Coach Jerry Varacallo, the final score masked progress for his side.

“Just the fact that we were able to get some hits and put some runs on the board, that was an accomplishment,” Varacallo said.

Varacallo noted Jamestown’s relative youth — the Eagles start just three upperclassmen — and a litany of injuries as obstacles to continued success. Varacallo altered Jamestown’s lineup to account for such injuries, using a relatively inexperienced pitcher and catcher.

Aside from lineup issues, Varacallo pointed to another area of improvement.

“They have to transfer what they learn in practice to the game,” Varacallo said of his players. “We’re still doing a couple of things we emphasize in practice, but we’re kind of forgetting some things in the game.”

Meredith, meanwhile, said she was impressed with her team’s ability to rebound from an intense loss to Grafton on Wednesday night.

Given the wide range of pitchers in the Bay Rivers District, Meredith said she was also pleased with York’s adjustments to Jamestown’s pitching staff Friday.

York will look to remain among the district’s top teams when they travel to Warwick on Monday.

Jamestown also hits the road, traveling to Warhill for a Tuesday matchup.

York: 030;601;0 – 10 10 4
Jamestown: 000;012;0 – 3 3 7

WP: Maddi Capps
LP: Mikayla King-Ortiz

York: Miranda Yokum (2-3, 3RBI), Danielle Angell (2-3, 2RBI), Maddi Capps (2-4)

 

Keely Rochard’s Pitching, Hitting Help Warhill Take Down Grafton

To go with a strong one-hit pitching performance, Warhill’s Keely Rochard went 2-for-3 from the plate that included a seventh inning solo home run.

Rochard’s efforts helped Warhill earn a 4-1 road victory against Grafton on Friday.

Warhill’s Kieran McClure started the scoring in the top of the third inning when she hit a sacrifice fly into the outfield that brought Jewel Walters across home plate.

In the circle, both Rochard and Grafton’s Kayley Cox kept the other team at bay early for most of the contest. Through five innings, Rochard and Cox had each only allowed three runners to reach base.

The Lions built on their 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning after Olivia Schulz hit a grounder to third base that allowed McClure to score from third.

Grafton cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the sixth inning as Marika Whitlatch grounded out to second base, but not before Jessie Sprouse crossed home.

Leading 2-1 in the top of the seventh, Rochard stepped to the plate and delivered a crushing blow to center field that sailed over the wall. The home run took the energy out of the Grafton faithful in attendance.

Three at-bats later, McClure stepped to the plate and smacked an RBI double to right field for good measure, driving home the game’s final run.

Warhill (14-3) has now won six consecutive games with hopes of extending that streak to seven as the Lions host Jamestown at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Grafton (13-4), which has lost two of its last three games after winning six straight, will host Bruton at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Warhill: 001;001;2 – 4 6 0
Grafton: 000;001;0 – 1 1 1

WP: Keely Rochard
LP: Kayley Cox

Warhill: Colby Norris (1-3), Kieran McClure (2-3, 2 RBIs), Keely Rochard (2-3, HR, RBI)
Grafton: Kelsey Hare (hit), Marika Whitlatch (RBI)

 

Fourth Inning Outburst Gives Tabb Win

Trailing 1-0, Tabb rallied for five runs in the fourth inning to secure a 7-3 road win against Bruton on Friday.

Bruton’s DaSha Hill earned a four-pitch walk to open the game before stealing second base. After advancing to third base on a groundout, Hill tagged up to score off a Kelsey Sluss popout to left field.

The Tigers used balanced hitting to claw their way back into the game in the top of the fourth inning.

A Kendall Wooddell RBI single gave way to Ashtyn Clark scoring on a wild pitch, giving Tabb a 2-1 lead.

Jade DeSimone kept Tabb’s offense rolling as she reached base on a fielder’s choice later in the inning, driving in Wooddell in the process.

Two at-bats later, Madelyn Morinec drove in DeSimone off a single to left field. The crucial inning was wrapped up after Alexis Gore scored off an Emily Gavin sacrifice fly.

Gore helped keep the Bruton batters at bay, pitching to contact and setting her defense up to force easy putouts. Gore finished the game allowing three earned runs off 10 hits with six strikeouts.

Tabb (9-8) will look to build off Friday’s win when they host York at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Bruton (5-11) will travel for its next game, facing off against Grafton at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Tabb: 000;511;0 — 7 11 1
Bruton: 100;011;0 – 3 10 3

WP: Alexis Gore
LP: Kelsey Sluss

Tabb: Amber Verstynen (2-4, RBI), Beth Ann Hall (1-3, RBI, BB)
Bruton: Kelsey Sluss (2-4, RBI), Caity Washam (3-4, RBI)