Softball Roundup: Grafton Wins Heavyweight Battle Against Warhill is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Grafton's Kayley Cox earned the win against Warhill. (file photo)
Grafton’s Kayley Cox earned the win against Warhill. (File Photo)

In a battle between two undefeated teams, Grafton came out on top 6-4 during a statement road win against Warhill on Wednesday.

Grafton started off with style in the top of the first inning as Becca Hallingstad delivered an RBI triple down the right field line for the game’s first run.

Warhill erased Grafton’s lead in the next half inning when Keely Rochard smacked a sacrifice fly to center field that brought Olivia Schulz home to tie the game. Makayla Fannin gave Warhill the lead in the second inning as Makayla Fannin hit an RBI single.

In what became a trend during the game, Grafton responded with more runs to retake the lead. Tara Deck and Hallingstad each drove in runs in the top of the third inning to put the Clippers on top 3-2.

Grafton and Warhill exchanged runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Hallingstad hit an RBI single for the Clippers in the top of the fifth inning, while Hayley Schulz scored for the Lions on a fielding error in the bottom of the sixth.

Deck came up huge for Grafton in the top of the seventh inning as she crushed a two-run home run over the center field wall to put the Clippers up 6-3.

Warhill had a legitimate chance to win the game or send it into extra innings in the bottom of the seventh.

The Lions reeled off three consecutive singles, one of which scored Jewel Walters, with one out to open the inning. The jam prompted Grafton to make a pitching change, subbing Kayley Cox for Hallingstad.

Hallingstad came through for Grafton, forcing Hayley Schulz to fly out before striking out Jasmine Ortiz for the game’s final out.

Grafton (7-0) enters spring break undefeated and will return April 12 at home against York. Warhill (5-1) will also take spring break off before resuming April 15 at home against Tabb.

Grafton: 102;010;2 — 6 8 3
Warhill: 110;001;1 — 4 12 0

WP: Kayley Cox
LP: Keely Rochard

Grafton: Becca Hallingstad (3-4, 3 RBIs), Tara Decek (2-3, HR, 3 RBIs)
Warhill: Keely Rochard (1-4, 2 RBIs), Makayla Fannin (2-3, RBI)


Luedde’s Homer Lifts Jamestown to Victory

A two-run home run by Tori Luedde in the second inning lifted Jamestown to a 2-0 road win against Warwick on Wednesday.

Leading Jamestown was pitcher Madalyn Morton, who threw a complete-game shutout while allowing five hits, three of which came by Warwick’s Dee Wallace.

Luedde’s home run proved to be the difference as Jamestown struggled to string together hits against Warwick pitcher Linsey Modor.

Jamestown (2-4) will face a quick turnaround as the Eagles square off against Bruton on Thursday.

Jamestown: 020;000;0 — 2 7 0
Warwick: 000;000;0 — 0 5 2

WP: Madalyn Morton
LP: Linsey Modor

Jamestown: Tori Luedde (1-3, HR, 2 RBIs), Lindsey Sanders (2-3)
Warwick: Dee Wallace (3-4)


Tabb Offense Too Much for Bruton to Handle

After a flurry of scoring over the first three innings, Tabb scored eight unanswered runs to earn a 15-6 win at home against Bruton on Wednesday.

Bruton and Tabb exchanged runs through the first three innings. By the end of the third inning, both teams were knotted up at 6-6.

From that point on, Tabb’s offense dominated the game and allowed the Tigers to pull away.

Kendall Wooddell gave Tabb an 8-6 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning after smacking a two-run double. Later that inning, Kristen Malloy hit a scrifice fly into left field that brought Wooddell across home plate.

The Tigers put the game out of reach in the sixth inning with an additional five runs scored, including a two-run triple by Malloy to cap the strong finish.

Tabb (3-2) will visit York on Thursday, while Bruton (1-5) will play its third game in as many days on Thursday at home against Jamestown.

Bruton: 213;000;0 — 6 7 4
Tabb: 231;350;x — 15 12 3

WP: Alexis Gore
LP: Lydia Albrecht

Bruton: Rachel Brotherton (1-3, 2 RBIs), Ashley Cordner (2-4)
Tabb: Sydney Jacobsen (2-4, 4 RBIs), Kendall Wooddell (2-4, 3 RBIs), Kristen Malloy (2-2, 3 RBIs)