Softball Roundup: York Edges New Kent

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York pitcher Chelsea Evans throws a pitch. (file photo)
York pitcher Chelsea Evans throws a pitch. (File Photo)

York’s 4-3 win at home against New Kent on Thursday was a far cry from the first meeting between the two teams.

During their season opener, the Falcons cruised past New Kent on the road 9-1.

On Thursday, York pitcher Chelsea Evans proved a difference maker as the Falcons struggled to generate enough offense to pull away from the Trojans.

Evans threw a complete game, striking out seven batters and allowing four hits in the win.

The Falcons built a 1-0 lead in the third inning before a pivotal three-run fourth inning helped give the Falcons a 4-0 lead.

New Kent slowly cut into that lead with a run in the fifth inning and two runs in the seventh inning, but was unable to completely close the game.

York (8-2) is now on a three-game win streak and will try to keep that momentum rolling on the road against Warhill on Tuesday.

New Kent: 000;010;2 — 3 4 2
York: 001;300;x — 4 6 4

WP: Chelsea Evans
LP: Amanda Harding

New Kent: Jada Evans (1-3, RBI)
York: Miranda Yokum (2-3), Hayley Winfree (1-3, 2 RBIs)

 

Strong Fifth Inning Lifts Warhill Over Lafayette

Warhill scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take down Lafayette 11-1 in five innings at home on Thursday.

Leading 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Warhill loaded the bases through the first three at bats of the inning.

With the bases loaded, Kristin Morris-Rose reached base on a fielding error as two runs scored. Jewel Walters followed up the double with an RBI double to center field.

Keely Rochard kept the roll going with a two-run single to center field that gave the Lions an 8-1 lead. Later in the inning, Lindsey Davis reached base on an error and scored Rochard.

The final play of the game was a fielding error that allowed Jasmine Ortiz to reach base and two runs to score, putting the run differential at 10 runs and closing the contest per the Virginia High School League’s 10-run rule.

Warhill (9-1) will host Mathews on Monday, while Lafayette (2-9) will visit Smithfield on Tuesday.

Lafayette: 010;00 — 1 2 7
Warhill: 110;18 — 11 11 0

WP: Keely Rochard
LP: Julia Jones

Lafayette: Jacquelyn Boesler (1-2, RBI)
Warhill: Keely Rochard (2-3, 3 RBIs), Jewel Walters (2-3, 2 RBIs)

 

Bruton Blanked by Smithfield

Bruton’s losing skid continued as the Panthers fell 7-0 on the road to Smithfield on Thursday.

The Panthers struggled to string hits together during the shutout loss, while Smithfield had little trouble generating offense against Bruton pitcher Lydia Albrecht.

Smithfield took the lead in the bottom of the second by scoring three runs, including a two-run triple by Claire Piatak.

From there, everything came up Smithfield as the Packers tacked on an additional run in the third inning before plating two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. A run in the sixth inning was icing on the cake as the Packers cruised to victory.

Bruton (1-10) is in the middle of a seven-game losing streak, which the Panthers hope comes to a close on the road against Grafton on Tuesday.

Bruton: 000;000;0 — 0 7 2
Smithfield: 031;021;x — 7 13 0

WP: Skylar Hedgepeth
LP: Lydia Albrecht

Bruton: Lydia Albrecht (2-3), Sarah Mazanek (2-3)
Smithfield: Morgan Riddle (2-4, 2 RBIs), Claire Piatak (2-4, 2 RBIs)