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Lafayette and Jamestown's rivalry has been one of the more celebrated in the Historic Triangle, often resulting in dramatic finishes across multiple sports.
Tuesday's baseball game between the Rams and Eagles was no such finish.
Behind a prolific offense, Lafayette decimated Jamestown 19-5 on the road in five innings in front of a packed crowd.
"It means a lot to these guys," Lafayette Coach Rick Schenk said of getting a win in a rivalry game against Jamestown. "They're all friends and have been playing ball together since they were eight years old."
Lafayette set the tone early as Andre Lipcius belted a solo home run over the left field fence in the top of the first inning. Lipcius finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate with 3 RBIs.
Jamestown responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. The first run came as a result of an Evan Lowery groundout, which allowed Chris Jones to cross home plate. Michael Schmidt followed up Lowery with a sacrifice fly to left field that brought home Andrew Barrow and put the Eagles up 2-1.
The Rams responded with a commanding performance over the second and third innings that put the game well out of reach.
Chase Bauer scored on an error by Jamestown to open the top of the second inning. John Barton followed with an RBI single coming off a well-executed bunt down the third-base line.
Lipcius kept the momentum rolling with a line drive into left field that brought home another run. Moments later, Gabe Bono smacked a two-run double to center field. Lafayette capped the scoring in the inning with a sacrifice fly by Mitch Barrack.
By the time the dust settled, Lafayette held a commanding 7-2 lead over the Eagles.
Lafayette was not finished, however. The Rams continued piling on the runs in the top of the third inning, posting a nine-run inning that forced Jamestown into its second pitching change of the game after the Eagles pulled starting pitcher Garrick Colorado in the top of the second inning.
While Jamestown refused to give up and scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning, the Eagles watched as Lafayette added another three runs in the top of the fourth inning to effectively put the game out of reach.
Lafayette (3-0) will look to stay unbeaten on the road against York on Friday, while Jamestown (1-1) will try to rebound on the road against Tabb on Friday.
Lafayette: 169;30 — 19 12 4
Jamestown: 203;0x — 5 3 6
WP: Andre Lipcius
LP: Garrick Colorado
Lafayette: Andre Lipcius (3-3, HR, 3 RBIs), John Barton (1-5, 3 RBIs)
Jamestown: Chris Jones (1-1, 2 RBIs)
York Wins on Wild Pitch in Extra Innings
York was able to secure a dramatic 6-5 10-inning victory at home against Poquoson on Tuesday.
With the game tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the 10th inning, Poquoson pitcher Dylan Freeman threw a wild pitch that allowed the game-winning run to cross home plate.
Poquoson built a 4-0 lead over the Falcons in the first four innings before York responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Islanders added a fifth run in the top of the sixth inning to go up 5-2 over York. In clutch fashion, the Falcons scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
York (2-0) will look to remain undefeated on the season with a Friday home game against Lafayette.
Poquoson: 021;101;000;0 — 5 10 1
York: 000;020;300;1 — 6 12 3
WP: Jaime Lewis
LP: Dylan Freeman
Poquoson: Drew Watkins (3-5, RBI), Austin Gault (2-5, RBI)
York: Jaime Lewis (2-5, RBI), Gabe Simmons (2-3, RBI)
Tabb Edges Grafton With Strong Fourth Inning
A four-run fourth inning proved the difference as Tabb upended Grafton 4-3 on the road Tuesday.
Grafton took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and held that lead until the top of the fourth inning when Tabb posted its four runs.
Leading the charge for Tabb during that inning were Robbie Barrett, Evan Glass, Brandon Marello and Gray Goodrich, all of whom drove in runs during the pivotal inning.
Goodrich also earned the win on the mound for Tabb, throwing three innings and allowing one earned run.
Grafton added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to close the gap, but the Clippers were unable to tie the game up during the loss.
Tabb (2-1) will host Jamestown on Thursday, while Grafton (0-3) will look for its first win of the season at home against New Kent on Friday.
Tabb: 000;400;0 — 4 8 2
Grafton: 100;020;0 — 3 5 1
WP: Gray Goodrich
LP: Andrew Shartzer
Tabb: Robbie Barrett (2-2, RBI), Gray Goodrich (2-3, RBI)
Grafton: Justin Bowers (2-4, RBI), Ryan McDonald (1-2, RBI)
Warhill Struggles to Slow Down Smithfield Offense
Smithfield had little trouble getting past Warhill 9-3 on the road Tuesday.
The Packers went up 1-0 in the top of the first inning, but Warhill responded with a Reece Koon RBI double in the bottom of the first inning.
Smithfield retook the lead in the top of the third inning as JR Polak smacked a three-run home run to put the Packers up 4-1. The Packers added another run in the top of the fourth inning to take a 5-1 lead.
The Lions responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, but watched Smithfield pull away in the top of the seventh inning with four runs to close the game.
Warhill (0-3) will try to earn its first win of the season on the road against Jamestown on Friday.
Smithfield: 103;100;4 — 9 9 1
Warhill: 100;200;x — 3 5 2
WP: Dillon Wright
LP: Aaron Davidson
Smithfield: JR Polak (2-3, 3 RBIs), Dillon Wright (1-2, 3 RBIs)
Warhill: Aaron Davidson (1-2, RBI), Trey Drummond (1-3, R)
New Kent Tops Bruton
After putting up three runs in the first inning, Bruton's offense stalled during an 8-3 home loss to New Kent on Tuesday.
Clee Yocum, Justin Hicks and Darian Brooks all drove in runs for the Panthers in the bottom of the first inning, which tied the game at 3-3 after New Kent opened the top of the first inning with three runs.
New Kent retook the lead in the top of the second, going up 4-3 on the Panthers. The Trojans added two runs in the top of the fifth and seventh innings to put the game away.
Bruton (1-2) will try to rebound on the road against Washington & Lee on Thursday.
New Kent: 310;020;2 — 8 7 1
Bruton: 300;000;x — 3 9 3
WP: Blake Frye
LP: Justin Hicks
New Kent: Christian Hamby (2-4, 4 RBIs), Blake Frye (1-3, 2 RBIs)
Bruton: Clee Yocum (1-4, RBI), Justin Hicks (2-3, RBI)