Softball Roundup: Early Runs Lift Grafton Over Smithfield is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Jessica Sprouse drove in three runs for Grafton. (file photo)
Jessica Sprouse drove in three runs for Grafton. (file photo)

Eight runs over the first three innings lifted Grafton to an 8-5 road win against Smithfield on Tuesday.

After falling behind 1-0 to Smithfield in the first inning, Grafton posted four runs in the top of the second inning thanks to three consecutive RBI singles from Kayla Moore, Jessica Sprouse and Ansley Ashby.

Leading 4-2 in the top of the third, Grafton’s Kelsey Hare smacked an RBI single into left field. Later that inning, Moore logged her second RBI of the game and Sprouse hit a two-run single to center field that resulted in Grafton’s final runs of the game.

With an 8-2 lead in hand, Grafton was able to hold off Smithfield for the victory.

Grafton (9-0) will look to remain unbeaten at home against Poquoson on Friday.

Grafton: 044;000;0 — 8 14 7
Smithfield: 111;000;2 — 5 12 2

WP: Kayley Cox
LP: Haley Lanford

Grafton: Jessica Sprouse (2-5, 3 RBIs), Kayla Moore (3-4, 2 RBIs)
Smithfield: Morgan Riddle (3-5), Jessica Cassell (2-4, R)


Lafayette Falls in Extra Innings to New Kent

Despite their best efforts, Lafayette’s softball team suffered a 5-3 loss at home to New Kent in extra innings on Tuesday.

The Trojans opened the game with a 3-0 advantage through the first two innings, but the Rams responded in the fifth and sixth innings.

Gabby Boesler brought Lafayette within one run in the bottom of the fifth inning, smacking a two-run single to left field.

Lafayette’s Starr Patton tied the game at 3-3 with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning.

With the game tied at the end of seven innings, New Kent scored a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning. The runs proved enough as the Rams were unable to generate any offense in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Lafayette (2-8) will try to bounce back on the road against Warhill on Friday.

New Kent: 120;000;02 — 5 7 0
Lafayette: 000;021;00 — 3 9 6

WP: Harding
LP: Julia Jones

New Kent: Gray (1-3, 2 RBIs), Angle (1-4, RBI)
Lafayette: Gabby Boesler (1-4, 2 RBIs), Starr Patton (2-4, RBI)


York Routs Jamestown Behind Evans’ Homers

Chelsea Evans smacked a pair of home runs and drove in five runs as York crushed Jamestown 13-2 at home on Tuesday.

Jamestown scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning, but the Falcons responded with six consecutive runs over the next five innings.

After Jamestown added a run in the top of the sixth inning, York tacked on five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to blow the game open and lock down the victory.

York (7-2) will host New Kent on Friday, while Jamestown (3-6) faces a quick turnaround on the road against Smithfield on Wednesday.

Jamestown: 100;001;0 — 2 2 2
York: 103;025;x — 13 11 4

WP: Chelsea Evans
LP: Madalyn Morton

York: Chelsea Evans (2-3, 2 HR, 5 RBIs), Britney Hepner (2-3)


Warhill Downs Bruton in Five Innings

Warhill needed only five innings to dispatch Bruton 10-0 at home on Tuesday.

Lions starting pitcher Keely Rochard struck out eight batters and allowed two hits during five innings.

Kieran McClure paced Warhill’s offense with 3 RBIs, all of which came off a double in the bottom of the second inning, while five other Warhill players drove in runs throughout the game.

Warhill (8-1) will host Lafayette on Friday, while Bruton (1-9) will try to stop a six-game losing skid on the road against Smithfield on Friday.

Bruton: 000;00 — 0 2 2
Warhill: 231;4x — 10 11 0

WP: Keely Rochard
LP: Lydia Albrecht

Bruton: Sarah Tracy (1-2), Hannah Hogan (1-2)
Warhill: Kieran McClure (2-3, 3 RBIs), Ashton Otey (2-3, RBI)


Tough Start Sinks Tabb Against Poquoson

Tabb allowing seven runs over the first two innings proved to be the difference during a 10-9 loss to Poquoson at home Tuesday.

Usually efficient on the mound, Tabb starting pitcher Alexis Gore lasted just 1 1/3 innings after allowing eight hits and six earned runs.

Alyssa Lowe entered the game in relief of Gore and slowed the bleeding by allowing three hits and one earned run over the final 5 2/3 innings.

With Tabb down 7-1 in the bottom of the third inning, the Tigers posted six runs to tie the game up at 7-7.

However, Poquoson responded with three consecutive runs to take a 10-7 lead, which proved enough as the Tigers added two runs over the final two innings.

Tabb (4-5) will look to get back to its winning ways on the road against Jamestown on Friday.

Poquoson: 340;120;0 — 10 11 1
Tabb: 016;001;1 — 9 12 3

LP: Alyssa Lowe

Tabb: Leah Overbay (2-4, 2 RBIs), Jade Desimone (2-4, 2 RBIs)