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Despite York head coach Rusty Ingram saying the postseason was essentially a brand new season, that did not stop his Falcons from remembering two regular-season losses to Warhill.
The Falcons got their revenge Monday, defeating the Lions 5-4 at home in the Conference 25 quarterfinals to end Warhill's season.
"For us to come out here and beat them, we know we're playing pretty good baseball," Ingram said.
The win would not come easy for York, which fell behind 2-0 in the early going.
In the top of the first, Warhill's Luke Bruce drilled a line drive into right field, bringing Noah Ripchick home from second base. In the top of the second, Warhill extended its lead after a York fielding error allowed Steven Leeds – a pinch-runner for catcher Trey Drummond – to score from second.
Undeterred by the early deficit, York responded in a big way during the bottom of the third inning.
A single from Rayvon Patrick started the inning, which was immediately followed by a Liam Griffin walk. Two at-bats later, Jaime Lewis stepped to the plate and hit a deep single to the shortstop that allowed a run to score.
On the next at-bat, an error by Warhill's shortstop allowed Griffin to score from second base, tying the game at 2-2. With the game knotted up, David Brewster stepped to the plate and delivered a clutch line drive to right field, bringing across two more runs.
The Falcons built on their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning as a passed ball allowed Mark Evans to score, putting York up 5-2.
Despite holding Warhill to a pair of runs, Eric Harp struggled at times to find the strike zone, walking six batters and striking out eight.
"He's excited for the first game in the tournament. He was trying to overthrow a little bit too much," Ingram said of Harp. "He was having a little trouble with his control. They weren't hitting him. He was just putting on too many runners."
A lack of control is not surprising considering Harp's pitch count in the game – he threw 127 pitches in 6 1/3 innings. Late in the game, Harp's struggles nearly cost York the game.
Trailing 5-2 in the top of the seventh inning, Drummond opened the inning by taking a pitch to the back from Harp. Two at-bats later, Lucas Rice singled to right field that gave way to a Ripchick walk that loaded the bases.
Warhill's Pat Daly took advantage of the bases-loaded situation and hit an RBI single to right field, bringing the Lions within two runs.
With the bases still loaded and only one out, Ingram decided to bring in Gabe Simmons to close the game out.
The first batter Simmons faced, Luke Bruce, hit a tough grounder to the shortstop that resulted in an out, but not before bringing another runner across home.
With two outs and two in scoring position, Robert Lipford got a piece of a Simmons pitch. The ball looped toward center field, but was caught in the shallow infield for the game's final out.
The loss in the Conference 25 quarterfinals concludes what was a tough final month for Warhill (9-10), which went 1-6 in May.
For York (12-8), the next task will be to face the winner between Colonial Heights and New Kent in the Conference 25 semifinals Wednesday.
Warhill: 110;000;2 – 4 3 2
York: 004;100;x – 5 9 1
WP: Eric Harp
LP: Lucas Rice
Warhill: Luke Bruce (1-4, 2 RBIs), Pat Daly (1-4, RBI)
York: David Brewster (2-3, 2 RBIs), Jaime Lewis (2-4, RBI), Rayvon Patrick (2-2, R)
Lafayette Pulls Away Late From Poquoson
Daniel Blankinship threw a complete game as Lafayette defeated Poquoson 8-3 at home in the Conference 25 quarterfinals Monday.
A two-run single from Trey Hicks in the top of the first inning gave Poquoson an early 2-0 lead, but it would not last for long.
In the bottom of the third inning, Jeremiah Antle hit an RBI double to left field, which gave way to a John Keane RBI sacrifice fly that knotted the game at 2-2.
The Lipcius brothers helped pace the Rams in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Luc delivered an RBI triple to right field. The next at-bat, Andre Lipcius doubled to right field to bring his brother across home plate.
A Mitch Barrick RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning extended Lafayette's lead to 5-3. The Rams scored three more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, including runs coming off an error and a wild pitch.
Lafayette (14-5) will host Southampton, which upset Park View South Hill in the quarterfinals, in the Conference 25 semifinals Wednesday.
Poquoson: 200;100;0 – 3 7 1
Lafayette: 002;213;x – 8 11 2
WP: Daniel Blankinship
LP: Stephen Hollloway
Poquoson: Trey Hicks (2-3, 2 RBIs)
Lafayette: Jeremiah Antle (2-4, 2 RBIs), Luc Lipcius (2-2, RBI, 3 R)