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Warhill starting pitcher Keely Rochard came up huge for the Lions on a night when they were tested by a scrappy Jamestown team.
Rochard struck out 10 batters and allowed three hits during a complete-game shutout, which helped lead the Lions to a narrow 2-0 road win Friday evening.
For Warhill Coach Tom Bunn, Friday's game was a valuable teaching moment for the Lions, who have played a pair of close games against teams projected to finish toward the bottom of the Bay Rivers District.
"What we did last year doesn't win us a single game this year. In fact, it probably makes it a little bit more difficult," he said, referencing the Lions' run in the state tournament. "Because we were successful last year, we're going to be getting everyone's best shot."
Hayley Schulz got on base in the top of the first inning, drawing a five-pitch walk. Two at bats later, Rochard smacked a single to right field that brought Schulz home from second base.
After Warhill's first-quarter run, both teams locked in defensively and had tremendous outings from their pitchers. For Jamestown, Madalyn Morton threw a complete game, allowing two earned runs on two hits.
The Lions tacked on another run in the top of the fourth inning as Kieran McClure scored on a wild pitch with two outs.
Trailing 2-0, Jamestown put together its biggest scoring threat of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Arianna Reynolds led the inning off with a double to right field, which was followed up with a Tara Rowden groundout that advanced Reynolds to third base. Sam Lee then stepped up to the plate and reached first on a well-executed bunt down the third base line.
With runners on the corners, Tori Leudee smacked a hard single up the middle that deflected off Rochard and loaded the bases.
Feeling the pressure, Rochard stepped up her play and recorded back-to-back outs to escape the jam.
Rochard polished the game off over the final two innings, striking out four of the last six Jamestown batters to secure the victory.
Warhill (4-0) will host Grafton on Thursday, while Jamestown (1-4) will visit Warwick next Wednesday.
Warhill: 100;100;0 — 2 2 1
Jamestown: 000;000;0 — 0 3 2
WP: Keely Rochard
LP: Madalyn Morton
Warhill: Keely Rochard (1-2, RBI), Kieran McClure (1-3, R)
Jamestown: Arianna Reynolds (1-3), Tori Leudde (1-3)
York Rolls Past Lafayette
York had little trouble cruising past Lafayette 10-0 in five innings at home Friday.
The game was ended in the fifth inning because of the Virginia High School League's 10-run rule.
York put up two runs in the bottom of the first inning before adding another four runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Falcons scored a pair of runs in the fourth and fifth innings to reach the 10 runs needed to end the game.
Falcons pitcher Chelsea Evans earned the win on the mound, striking out eight batters during the no-hitter.
York (3-1) will visit Bruton on Tuesday, while Lafayette (1-4) will travel to play Grafton on Tuesday.
Lafayette: 000;00 — 0 0 1
York: 240;22 — 10 12 1
WP: Chelsea Evans
LP: Julia Jones
York: Hayley Winfree (2-3, 4 RBIs), Destiny Martinez (2-2, 2 RBIs, 3 R)