Williamsburg Post 39 Routs Error-Riddled Hampton Post 31

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Kent Klyman runs to first base. (file photo)
Kent Klyman runs to first base. (File Photo)

Williamsburg Post 39 had no trouble getting past Hampton Post 31 at home Wednesday, routing the visitors by a final of 21-1 in seven innings.

The game was called early due to the American Legion 10-run rule.

Williamsburg starting pitcher Lucas Rice started slowly, allowing a hit, hitting a batter and walking in a run with the bases loaded in the top of the first inning.

The inning proved an anomaly as Rice threw four consecutive shutout innings. Rice finished the game with five innings pitched, one earned run allowed, one hit allowed and seven strikeouts.

After two slow innings, Williamsburg’s offense awoke and put the game quickly out of reach for Hampton.

In the bottom of the third inning, Robert Lipford started the scoring for Williamsburg by reaching home off a fielding error. Later that inning, Luke Patterson scored on a passed ball to put Williamsburg up 3-1.

Sean Hughes hit an RBI double later in the inning, which was followed by a Kent Klyman two-run single. Both players finished the game tied with a game-high 3 RBIs.

Hughes kept up the offensive production in the bottom of the fourth inning, smacking a two-run single to kick off a seven-run inning for Williamsburg. Hughes would later score on a wild pitch.

Back-to-back fielding errors by Hampton, which finished the game with nine errors, allowed Tyler Floyd to cross home plate. Patterson sent a looping fly ball to right field that brought home another run later in the inning.

With a 13-1 lead in hand, Williamsburg added five more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and another three runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game well out of reach.

Williamsburg (11-2) will continue its season at home Thursday against Poquoson Post 273 at Warhill High School. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Hampton Post 31: 100;000;0 – 1 1 9
Williamsburg Post 39: 015;753;x – 21 12 1

WP: Lucas Rice
LP: Pittman

Hampton: Troy (RBI), Diggs (1-3)
Williamsburg: Sean Hughes (2-3, 3 RBIs), Kent Klyman (2-4, 3 RBIs)