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Grafton's softball team had its season come to a disappointing end as the Clippers fell 6-0 to Woodgrove in the Virginia High School League Group 4A Softball semifinal round.
Woodgrove pitcher Camryn Dolby stifled Grafton batters, holding the Clippers scoreless and allowing just five hits. Equally as important for Woodgrove was catcher Hallie Daughtry, who was responsible for picking off multiple Grafton base runners.
Such was the case in the top of the first inning when Grafton's Jessie Sprouse struck out swinging. After the strikeout, Kerstin Roth was slow getting back to first base and had her arm tagged after a heads-up throw from Daughtry that resulted in the final out of the inning.
Grafton suffered a second base running error in the top of the second inning as Tara Deck was picked off while trying to steal second base.
"We definitely didn't bring our 'A'-game today," Grafton senior Christa Hall said. "I think there were a lot of nerves. We have a really young lineup."
Neither team managed to find offense until Woodgrove struck in the bottom of the third inning thanks to a two-run triple up the middle by Lexi Acton. The RBI triple was followed up by an RBI groundout to second base by Daughtry, putting the Wolverines up 3-0.
After a three-up, three-down inning for Grafton, Woodgrove took advantage of a fielding error to put a runner on first base in the bottom of the fourth. That runner, Alexa Dolby, eventually scored on an RBI single by Taylor Kilgour.
Trailing 4-0, the Clippers seemed poised to regain some momentum in the top of the fifth as Kayley Cox singled to center field, which was followed by a single by Ansley Ashby. With runners on second and third and no outs, Shannon Hallingstad struck out. In a similar fashion to the first inning, Cox was picked off at third base after letting herself get too far away from the bag after the strikeout.
The two sudden outs took the life out of the Grafton dugout, which continued two at-bats later as pinch hitter Lauren Washburn struck out looking to end the inning.
As the Clippers (19-7) continued reeling, the Wolverines continued rolling. Woodgrove's Adriana Erickson hit an RBI groundout in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Wolverines (25-2) added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning as Jenna Dunn grounded out to third base to bring another run home, putting Woodgrove up 6-0.
With two outs and one runner on base in the top of the seventh inning, lightning and rain rolled through Lynchburg and forced a 45-minute weather delay. The game ended anticlimactically as the game ended with a strikeout after the long delay.
Reflecting on her final season of high school softball, Hall sang the praises of her teammates and how much they accomplished this year as a group.
"We made it really far and we proved a lot of people wrong," Hall said. "I think we surprised a lot of people. And we just learn from this and celebrate how far we made it."
Grafton: 000;000;0 – 0 5 2
Woodgrove: 003;111;x – 6 6 0
WP: Camryn Dolby
LP: Kayley Cox
Grafton: Kerstin Roth (2-3), Kayley Cox (2-3)
Woodgrove: Lexi Acton (1-3, 2 RBIs), Taylor Kilgour (2-3, RBI)