Softball Roundup: Grafton Advances to Conference 19 Finals

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

The Grafton softball team rode its early runs to get past Powhatan 5-2 on the road during the Conference 19 semifinals Tuesday.

Grafton’s Christa Hall opened the game in commanding fashion, belting a solo home run over the left-field fence during the game’s opening at-bat.

Two at-bats later, Marika Whitlatch hit an RBI single to right field that gave way to a Kayley Cox RBI later that inning.

Jessie Sprouse extended Grafton’s lead in the top of the second by reaching base on an error by Powhatan’s center fielder that allowed Kierson Tavares to score. Later that inning, Whitlatch recorded her second RBI of the game coming off a single to right field.

Powhatan recorded runs in the bottom of the fourth and sixth innings, but could not muster enough offense against Cox, who struck out seven batters and allowed five hits.

Grafton (16-5) will now advance to the Conference 19 finals where they will visit Smithfield on Thursday. The Clippers automatically advance to the 4A South region tournament with the win.

Grafton: 320;000;0 – 5 6 3
Powhatan: 000;101;0 – 2 5 2

WP: Christa Hall
LP: Basdikis

Grafton: Marika Whitlatch (2-3, 2 RBIs), Kayley Cox (RBI)
Powhatan: Pleasants (2-3, R), Ratliff (1-3, RBI)

 

Tabb Shut Down by Smithfield

Tabb was shut down by Smithfield pitcher Sydney Gay during Tuesday’s 4-0 road loss in the Conference 19 semifinals.

The Tigers, who swept Smithfield in the regular season, mustered three hits against Gay, who struck out 10 Tabb batters during the shutout.

Alexis Gore pitched six innings for Tabb, allowing four earned runs and 10 hits.

Tabb’s season comes to a close with an 11-11 record.

Tabb: 000;000;0 – 0 3 0
Smithfield: 300;001;x – 4 10 2

WP: Sydney Gay
LP: Alexis Gore

Tabb: Madelyn Morinec (1-3), Ashtyn Clark (1-3), Ashley Adams (1-3)
Smithfield: Hannah Rogers (1-3, 3 RBIs), Morgan Riddle (2-3, RBI)

 

Bruton Falls to Maggie Walker

The Bruton softball team suffered a 10-6 road defeat during Tuesday’s Conference 33 quarterfinals.

DaSha Hill did her best to keep Bruton in the game, going 3-for-4 from the plate, stealing two bases and scoring a trio of runs. Her teammate Rachel Brotherton also went 3-for-4 and scored a run.

The Panthers struggled to contain Maggie Walker early, allowing 10 runs over the first three innings. Maggie Walker recorded 21 hits against Bruton.

Bruton’s season (6-14) comes to an end on a three-game losing streak.

Bruton: 120;110;1 – 6 14 8
Maggie Walker: 244;000;x – 10 21 6

WP: Emma Roby
LP: Kelsey Sluss

Bruton: DaSha Hill (3-4, 2 SB, 3 R), Rachel Brotherton (3-4, R)
Maggie Walker: McKenzie Miller (3-5, 2 HR), Abigail Barber (2-5, HR)