Softball Roundup: Warhill Avoids Late Scare Against York

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Olivia Schulz
Olivia Schulz swings at a pitch. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

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Kieran McClure and Jewel Walters each drove in a pair of runs to lead Warhill to a 5-2 road win against York on Friday.

The Lions jumped on York in the top of the first inning behind a triple from Walters. On the next at bat, McClure smacked an RBI single that gave Warhill its first run of the contest.

A single by Keely Rochard moved McClure to third base, then scored on a wild pitch by York's Chelsea Evans.

With Warhill leading 2-0, Rochard went to work in the circle and held the Falcons in check for the first six innings. Rochard allowed four hits and struck out 14 batters in the victory.

The Lions built on their lead in the top of the fifth inning thanks to a fielding error by York, which proved costly for the Falcons. The error allowed Warhill's Olivia Schulz to advance from first base to home, putting Warhill up 3-0.

On the next at bat, McClure executed a sacrifice bunt that brought Walters home from third base.

Errors came back to bite York in the top of the sixth inning as Warhill was able to start a sequence of hits , starting with an error by the York third baseman.

With Ashton Otey on first base, Schulz singled and placed a runner in scoring position. On the next at bat, Walters smacked an RBI single into the outfield that resulted in Warhill's final run of the game.

Despite the comfortable lead, Warhill got a scare from York in the bottom of the seventh inning.

After six innings of near flawless pitching, Rochard began to struggle with her control. She opened the bottom of the seventh inning by hitting Evans square in the back.

With some momentum, York's Hayley Winfree stepped to the plate and smacked a double, sending Evans to third base. On the next at bat, Katie Russell delivered a two-run double that pulled York within three runs of the Lions.

After back-to-back outs, Rochard hit York's Britney Hepner to bring the potential game-tying run to the plate with runners on first and second. With a chance to tie the game, Lyndsey Scarborough stepped to the plate but was struck out in three pitches to end the game.

"I liked what we did today," Warhill Coach Tom Bunn said. "We had a lot of competitive at bats that gave us chances to score and we executed when we needed to early. Defense and pitching was also really good until the seventh inning."

Warhill (2-0) will now prepare to host Smithfield on Tuesday, while York (1-1) will try to rebound at home against Poquoson that same day.

Warhill: 200;021;0 — 5 8 0
York: 000;000;2 — 2 4 3

WP: Keely Rochard
LP: Chelsea Evans

Warhill: Kieran McClure (1-4, 2 RBIs), Jewel Walters (2-4, 3B, 2 RBIs)
York: Katie Russell (1-3, 2 RBIs)

 

Grafton Routs Bruton in Six Innings

Becca Hallingstad drove in four runs to lead Grafton to a 10-0 rout of Bruton on the road Friday.

The game was called in the sixth inning because of the Virginia High School League's 10-run rule.

Grafton put up five runs over the first four innings, giving the Clippers a healthy lead while pitcher Kayley Cox dominated in the circle. Cox finished the game with seven strikeouts, allowing three hits in the win.

Leading 5-0 heading into the top of the sixth inning, Hallingstad smacked an RBI double to center field. On the next at bat, Cox doubled to left field and also drove in a run.

Later in the inning, Mason Carver singled to right field and brought home two Grafton baserunners. Grafton scored the game-ending 10th run as Jessica Sprouse drew a walk with the bases loaded.

Grafton (3-0) will play its first home game of the season Tuesday against Tabb, while Bruton (0-2) will look for its first win of the season at home against New Kent the same day.

Grafton: 112;105 —  10 13 1
Bruton: 000;000 — 0 3 3

WP: Kayley Cox
LP: Lydia Albrecht

Grafton: Becca Hallingstad (4-4, 4 RBIs), Mason Carver (2-3, 2 RBIs)
Bruton: Rachel Brotherton (1-2), Ashley Cordner (1-2)

 

Lafayette Struggles to Contain Smithfield Offense

Lafayette struggled to slow down Smithfield's explosive offense on Friday, falling at home 17-4.

The Packers jumped out to a 6-0 lead over the first three innings before Lafayette was able to put up a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Trailing 9-3 heading into the top of the seventh inning, Lafayette allowed eight runs and essentially watched the game fall out of reach.

Lafayette (1-2) will look to get back in the win column as the Rams hit the road to play Jamestown on Tuesday.

Smithfield: 204;012;8 — 17 19 1
Lafayette: 002;101;x — 4 8 2

WP: Taylor Bridges
LP: Julia Jones

Smithfield: Meredith Throckmorton (4-5, 5 RBIs), Alexis Elledge (3-5, 2 RBIs)
Lafayette: Julia Jones (3-4, RBI), Paola Territo (2-3, RBI)

 

Jamestown Falls Late Against Poquoson

Despite leading 1-0 heading into the sixth inning, Jamestown fell 2-1 on the road to Poquoson on Friday.

The Eagles scored their lone run in the top of the fifth inning as Kailey Smith singled to right field, sending Sam Lee home from second base.

Poquoson responded in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring first on an error and again on a Deanna Rogerson RBI groundout.

Jamestown (0-2) will look for its first win of the season Tuesday as the Eagles host Lafayette.

Jamestown: 000;010;0 — 1 6 1
Poquoson: 000;002;x — 2 4 3

WP: Deanna Rogerson
LP: Madalyn Morton

Jamestown: Kailey Smith (1-4, RBI), Molly Lee (2-4)
Poquoson: Megan Hibbs (2-3, R), Deanna Rogerson (RBI)

 

Tabb Edges New Kent

Tabb took to the road and earned a narrow 5-4 win against New Kent on Friday.

Behind strong pitching from Alexis Gore, the Tigers were able to earn a win during their first road contest of the season.

Tabb (2-1) will resume its season Tuesday on the road against Grafton.

Individual statistics were not reported for this game.

Tabb 5, New Kent 4