Baseball: Grafton Routs Powhatan to Claim Conference 19 Title

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Evan Sperling allowed five runs over four innings against Smithfield. (file photo)
Evan Sperling (File Photo)

Thursday’s Conference 19 baseball championship between Powhatan and Grafton did not hold the suspense one might expect from a conference championship game.

Instead, Grafton defeated Powhatan 11-0 in five innings at home to earn the title.

Grafton put up five runs in the bottom of the first inning, forcing Powhatan to pull starting pitcher Ryan Brinkley after one inning.

After an offensive lull in the second and third innings, the Clippers added another six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to bring their advantage to 11-0.

Evan Sperling and Justin Bowers did most of the heavy lifting on offense, with each driving in four runs. Bowers’ RBIs came on one at-bat, a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Grafton (13-8) will now wait to learn their opponent in the first round of the 4A South tournament.

Powhatan: 000;00 – 0 4 3
Grafton: 500;6x – 11 10 0

WP: Jacob McAllister
LP: Ryan Brinkley

Powhatan: Tony Maiolo (1-2)
Grafton: Evan Sperling (1-2, 4 RBIs, HR), Justin Bowers (1-1, 4 RBIs, HR)

 

Lafayette Falls to Colonial Heights in Conference 25 Finals

The Lafayette Rams led undefeated Colonial Heights 2-0 in the Conference 25 championship game before watching the Colonials reel off three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to snatch the conference title.

Despite the loss, the Rams (15-6) will still earn a trip to the 3A East tournament.

Individual statistics were not reported for this game.

Colonial Heights 3, Lafayette 2