Softball Roundup: Smithfield Bats Too Much for Bruton to Handle is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Bruton pitcher Lydia Albrecht hurls a pitch against Smithfield. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)
Bruton pitcher Lydia Albrecht hurls a pitch against Smithfield. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

Bruton was outmatched in its season-opening game against Smithfield on Tuesday, falling at home 13-1 in five innings due to the Virginia High School League’s 10-run rule.

The Panthers struggled to figure out Smithfield’s three pitchers, who allowed five hits combined.

Bruton’s only run came in the bottom of the fourth inning as Kelsey Sluss stole home on a wild pitch.

The Packers jumped on Bruton in the top of the first inning, scoring three runs to go up 3-0. After a scoreless second inning by both teams, Smithfield posted seven runs in the top of the third inning, including a home run from Meredith Throckmorton.

Three more Smithfield runs during the fourth and fifth innings put the Packers up by more than 10 runs, ending the game in the fifth inning.

Despite the loss, Bruton Coach Kyle Cowles said he felt taking away a few mistakes would have prevented the game from being a blowout.

Bruton (0-1) will look to rebound at home against Grafton on Friday.

Smithfield: 307;12 — 13 16 0
Bruton: 000;10 — 1 5 2

WP: HTaylor Bridges
LP: Lydia Albrecht

Smithfield: Meredith Throckmorton (3-4, HR, 4 RBIs), Morgan Riddle (3-4, 3 RBIs)
Bruton: Kelsey Sluss (1B, SB, R)


Warhill Opens Season with Win Over Lafayette

Keely Rochard struck out 14 batters during Warhill’s season-opening 4-0 road win against Lafayette on Tuesday.

While Rochard dominated on the mound, holding Lafayette to a single hit, she also put up solid numbers at the plate. Rochard smacked a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning for the Lions.

The Lions put up one run in each of the first two innings before Rochard’s home run ended the game’s scoring.

Lafayette pitcher Julia Jones allowed four hits during the losing effort.

Warhill (1-0) will travel to play York on Friday, while Lafayette (1-1) will host Smithfield that same day.

Warhill: 110;020;0 — 4 4 0
Lafayette: 000;000;0 — 0 1 3

WP: Keely Rochard
LP: Julia Jones

Warhill: Keely Rochard (HR, 2 RBIs), Jewel Walters (1-4, RBI)
Lafayette: Gabby Boesler (hit)


York Routs New Kent in Season Opener

York starting pitcher Chelsea Evans struck out 15 batters en route to a season-opening 9-1 win on the road against New Kent on Tuesday.

Leading the charge for York at the plate was Destiny Martinez, who went 3-for-5 with a triple and 3 RBIs. Devon Smith went 2-for-3 and added a walk.

York and New Kent traded runs in the first inning before both teams were scoreless in the second inning. The Falcons went up 2-1 in the top of the third inning and never looked back.

The Falcons held a 5-1 lead over New Kent heading into the top of the seventh inning when they posted another four runs to put away the game for good.

York (1-0) will play host to Warhill on Friday.

York: 101;102;4 — 9 8 5
New Kent: 100;000;0 — 1 4 3

WP: Chelsea Evans
LP: A. Bedwell

York: Devon Smith (2-3, BB), Destiny Martinez (3-5, 3B, 3 RBIs)
New Kent: P. Simpson (2-3)


Tabb’s Adams Logs 3 RBIs in Win Against Jamestown

Tabb started its softball season with a resounding 8-3 home win against Jamestown on Tuesday.

A double by Ashley Adams in the bottom of the first inning drove in a pair of runs, setting the table for what was a solid day for the Tigers. Adams went 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs at the plate.

With Tabb leading 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth, the Tigers tacked on another two runs to push their lead to 5-0.

Jamestown’s Maddie Maharty kept the Eagles in the game in the top of the fifth inning, hitting a two-run double that got Jamestown on the board. The Eagles pulled within two runs of Tabb in the inning, trailing 5-3.

However, Tabb responded with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning and another two runs in the bottom of the sixth to ice the game.

Tabb (1-0) will host Smithfield on Wednesday, while Jamestown (0-1) will try to rebound on the road against Poquoson on Friday.

Jamestown:  000;030;0 — 3 9 4
Tabb: 300;212;x — 8 11 2

WP: Alexis Gore
LP: Arianna Reynolds

Jamestown: Maddie Maharty (2B, 2 RBIs)
Tabb: Ashley Adams (2-3, 3 RBIs), Amber Verstynen (3-4), Madelyn Morinec (2-3)