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Consistent offense from Williamsburg Post 39 paced the team to a 19-2 seven-inning rout of Hampton Post 31 in the first of a best-of-three series that will decide the District 3 champion.
The game, which was played at the Warhill Sports Complex, featured a dominating pitching performance from Kent Klyman outside of a tough second inning. Klyman finished the game throwing five innings, allowing two hits and striking out 11 batters.
Seven different batters drove in runs for Williamsburg, which started its scoring efforts in the bottom of the first inning as Roger Romero and Sean Hughes provided back-to-back RBIs.
Klyman's lone pitching struggles came in the top of the second inning as he opened the inning with a walk and a hard single to the shortstop. After back-to-back strikeouts, a hard-hit liner down the right-field line brought home a pair of runs to briefly tie the game at 2-2.
The ace pitcher also got into the mix at the plate during the bottom of the second inning as he hit a long fly ball to center field that resulted in Zach Calloway scoring from third. Later that inning, Luke Patterson doubled to center field that brought home another run.
Williamsburg blew the game open in the bottom of the third inning as Tyler Floyd hit a hard grounder that sneaked through into the outfield and scored a run.
Two at-bats later, Klyman hit an RBI double to right field, which gave way to him scoring on a fielding error during Robert Lipford's next at-bat.
Jones, who paced Williamsburg with 3 RBIs in the game, continued his offensive outburst with an RBI triple to start a big fourth inning. Romero followed up the triple by scoring Jones off a double to center field, putting Williamsburg up 9-2.
Romero scored from third base later that inning on a dropped pop fly by the Hampton left fielder. Floyd also took advantage of a Hampton error, reaching home on a wild pitch.
The sequence was a familiar one for Williamsburg, which saw Hampton commit 10 errors in the game.
Two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and another five-run inning in the bottom of the sixth inning concluded the blowout win for Williamsburg, which can reach the state tournament with a win against Hampton on Friday.
Hampton Post 31: 020;000;0 – 2 2 10
Williamsburg Post 39: 223;525;x – 19 16 1
WP: Kent Klyman
Hampton: Nadeau (1-3, R), Ledford (1-2, 2 RBIs)
Williamsburg: Christopher Jones (3-5, 3 RBIs), Tyler Floyd (2-5, 3 RBIs)