Softball Roundup: Grafton’s Cox Holds Tabb at Bay in Win is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Kayley Cox (file photo)
Kayley Cox (file photo)

Despite giving up 12 hits, Grafton’s Kayley Cox held Tabb to two runs during Tuesday’s 7-2 road win.

Grafton scored the game’s opening run in the top of the first inning as Tara Deck drove in Jessie Sprouse with an RBI single.

The Tigers were quick to respond in the bottom of the first, with Amber Verstynen leading the inning off with a triple. Later that inning, Madelyn Morinec drove home Verstynen for the Tigers’ first run of the game.

Grafton and Tabb traded runs in the third inning before the Clippers went ahead for good in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single from Kelsey Hare.

Two errors and two walks in the top of the sixth inning by Tabb helped Grafton pull away from the Tigers, adding three more runs in the inning.

Grafton (15-5) finishes the regular season on a two-game win streak, while Tabb (10-10) closed its season losing four of six games. Both teams will await their matchups in the Conference 19 tournament that begins Friday.

Grafton: 101;113;x – 7 7 0
Tabb: 101;000;0 – 2 12 2

WP: Kayley Cox
LP: Alexis Gore

Grafton: Tara Deck (2-4, RBI), Kayley Cox (1-3, RBI)
Tabb: Amber Verstynen (4-4, 3B), Kendall Wooddell (3-4)


Smithfield Outlasts Bruton

Bruton came up just short of pulling off a road upset against Smithfield on Tuesday, eventually losing the game 3-2.

DaSha Hill opened the game’s scoring for Bruton, reaching on an error before coming home on a Kelsey Sluss grounder.

Smithfield added a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning. That score would hold until the Panthers knotted the game up at 2-2 in the top of the fifth.

Sarah Mazanek delivered a single to center field that allowed Sarah Tracy to reach home.

The Packers scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth off an RBI single to right field, putting them up 3-2. A strikeout and two groundouts by Bruton closed the game in the top of the seventh, ending the upset bid.

Bruton (6-13) will now prepare for its appearance in the Conference 33 tournament that begins Tuesday.

Bruton: 100;010;0 – 2 2 3
Smithfield: 200;001;x – 3 6 2

WP: Sydney Gay
LP: Kelsey Sluss

Bruton: Kelsey Sluss (RBI), Sarah Mazanek (1-3, RBI)
Smithfield: Morgan Riddle (1-3, R), Kim Cratsley (RBI)


Warhill Eases Past New Kent

Keely Rochard had success in the circle and at the plate during Warhill’s 8-0 home win over New Kent on Tuesday.

Rochard threw a complete game shutout, holding New Kent to three hits over seven innings. She also went 2-for-4 from the plate and drove in four runs.

Hayley Schulz helped carry the Lions offense, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs in the win.

Warhill (17-3) has now won nine consecutive games, its longest winning streak of the season. With their regular season finished, the Lions will prepare for the Conference 25 tournament that will begin May 25.

New Kent: 000;000;0 – 0 3 3
Warhill: 104;003;x – 8 11 0

WP: Keely Rochard
LP: Destiny Eberhard

Warhill: Hayley Schulz (2-3, 2 RBIs), Keely Rochard (2-4, 4 RBIs)


Falcons Soar Past Lafayette

York pitcher Chelsea Evans struck out 15 batters en route to a 10-2 road victory against Lafayette on Tuesday.

Devon Smith paced the Falcons, driving in four runs on a 3-for-4 performance from the plate that included a home run. Mirando Yokum chipped in a pair of RBIs for the Falcons.

York (12-6) finishes the regular season winning three of its last four games heading into the Conference 25 tournament that begins May 25.

Meanwhile, Lafayette (0-18) has gone winless in the regular season for the fourth consecutive year.

York: 150;002;2 – 10 14 3
Lafayette: 000;000;2 – 2 2 3

WP: Chelsea Evans
LP: Julia Jones

York: Devon Smith (3-4, HR, 4 RBIs), Miranda Yokum (2-3, 2 RBIs)


Poquoson Defeats Jamestown Late

Jamestown watched Poquoson score in the top of the seventh inning to eke out a 2-1 win on the road on Tuesday.

The Eagles got on the board first in the bottom of the fourth inning off a Kailey Smith RBI single.

Poquoson responded in the top of the fifth inning with a Miranda Oliver RBI single, which gave way to the game-winning sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning.

Jamestown (3-17) will now await its opponent in the Conference 19 tournament that begins Friday.

Poquoson: 000;010;1 – 2 7 1
Jamestown: 000;100;0 – 1 4 0

WP: Megan Hibbs
LP: Arianna Reynolds

Poquoson: Morgan Henley (2-3), Miranda Oliver (2 RBIs)
Jamestown: Arianna Reynolds (3-3), Kailey Smith (RBI)