Baseball Roundup: Timely Walks Lead Lafayette Past York is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Daniel Blankinship (file photo)
Daniel Blankinship (file photo)

Two bases-loaded walks in the bottom of the sixth inning helped Lafayette earn a 5-2 home win against York on Tuesday.

York (11-8) opened the game with a Jaime Lewis triple that gave way to a Trey Kurtyka RBI sacrifice fly to put the Falcons up 1-0.

Lafayette (13-5) responded in the bottom of the third inning with a pair of RBI singles by Luc and Andre Lipcius.

Gabe Simmons, who pitched 5 2/3 innings for York, was driven home by Justin Parrish to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth inning.

With the game knotted up at 2-2, the Rams found themselves with the bases loaded thanks to two walks and a double.

Looking at a full count, Jared Antle took ball four to bring home Luc Lipcius to give Lafayette a 3-2 lead. On the next at-bat, John Barton stole home to give the Rams another run.

Back-to-back walks allowed Lafayette to plate another batter, effectively ending the game.

Both teams will now prepare for the Conference 25 tournament that is slated to begin Monday.

York: 100;100;0 – 2 3 1
Lafayette: 002;003;x – 5 4 0

WP: Daniel Blankinship
LP: Gabe Simmons

York: Jaime Lewis (1-2, R), Trey Kurtyka (RBI)
Lafayette: Luc Lipcius (2-2, RBI), Jared Antle (RBI)


Bruton Loses Pitching Duel to Smithfield

Bruton pitcher Brett Martin threw valiantly against Smithfield on the road Tuesday, going six innings and allowing one earned run on six hits.

The Panthers were unable to figure out Smithfield pitcher Jakob Ryan, who allowed three hits and one run during a 2-1 win.

Tyler Floyd put Bruton out front in the top of the third inning thanks to a Tyler Floyd RBI line drive to center field.

With two Smithfield runners on base in the bottom of the third inning, a fielding error allowed a pair of runs to score, which proved to be all the Packers needed during the pitching duel.

After the two runs by Smithfield, Bruton was only able to reach base twice, both coming off walks.

Bruton finishes the regular season on a 13-game losing streak, though the Panthers have lost each of their past two games by one run.

The Panthers (2-16) will play in the Conference 33 tournament starting Tuesday.

Bruton: 001;000;0 – 1 3 2
Smithfield: 002;000;x – 2 6 2

WP: Jakob Ryan
LP: Brett Martin

Bruton: Tyler Floyd (1-3, RBI), Braydon Floyd (1-3)
Smithfield: Bryce Nicholas (2-3, R), Blake Garrett (1-2)


Sean Hughes Pitches Jamestown to Victory

Jamestown’s baseball team won a 3-0 home contest against Poquoson on Tuesday thanks to strong pitching by Sean Hughes.

A Boston College commit, Hughes allowed two hits and struck out seven batters over five innings in the win.

After Matt Bochain drove in a run in the bottom of the second inning, Kent Klyman smacked a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to help extend Jamestown’s lead.

The Eagles (16-3) are peaking at the right time, having won seven consecutive games heading into the Conference 19 tournament that begins Friday.

Poquoson: 000;000;0 – 0 3 1
Jamestown: 010;101;x – 3 6 1

WP: Sean Hughes
LP: Laughenberger

Jamestown: Kent Klyman (1-2, RBI), Evan Lowery (2-3)


Grafton Surges Late Against Tabb

Grafton pitcher Ricks Dearing gave the Clippers six strong innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits during Grafton’s 13-6 blowout of Tabb on the road Tuesday.

The Clippers got offense from up and down their roster, with eight different players driving in runs.

With Grafton leading 6-2 heading into the top of the seventh inning, the Clippers put the game out of reach, driving in seven runs to build a 13-2 lead.

Tabb (12-8) made one last run at Grafton, putting up four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the comeback attempt fell well short by the time Grafton recorded the final out.

Grafton (11-8) and Tabb will prepare for the Conference 19 tournament, which will begin Friday.

Grafton: 203;001;7 – 13 16 0
Tabb: 100;001;4 – 6 9 4

WP: Ricks Dearing
LP: Clift Bryant

Grafton: Evan Sperling (2-4, 2 RBIs), DJ Dobbins (2-3, RBI)
Tabb: Hunter Watson (3-3, 2 RBIs), Nick Hunter (2-3)