Softball Roundup: Kayley Cox Dominates as Grafton Blanks Bruton

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Kayley Cox
Kayley Cox allowed three hits on Tuesday. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

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Having not played in a week, Grafton needed to shake off some rust before securing a 3-0 win at home against Bruton on Tuesday.

One player who was on her game from the start was Grafton pitcher Kayley Cox, who allowed just three hits during a complete-game shutout of the Panthers.

"We put a lot of pressure on Kayley today not having thrown against Smithfield last week," Grafton Coach Vanessa Young said. "She held her ground and kept her pitches down. She stepped it up for us."

While Cox held down the pitching duties for Grafton, she also contributed to the offense as well.

In the bottom of the first inning, Cox smacked an RBI double into left field that scored Tara Deck to put the Clippers up 1-0.

Grafton built on its lead in the bottom of the second inning when Taylor Lawson delivered a line drive into center field that brought Lauren Washburn home.

The Clippers scored their final run off a passed ball in the third inning.

Bruton pitcher Lydia Albrecht, who struggled at times with her control, threw a low ball that got past Panthers catcher Rachel Brotherton. Grafton's Ansley Ashby, who was on third base, took advantage of the passed ball and crossed home plate.

Despite Grafton's lead never grew by more than three runs, Bruton's offense was incapable of stringing together hits and mounting a serious offensive threat.

Grafton (10-0) will look to continue its perfect season on the road against Tabb on Friday. Bruton (1-11) will try to snap an eight-game losing streak on the road against New Kent on Friday.

Bruton: 000;000;0 — 0 3 2
Grafton: 111;000;x — 3 4 0

WP: Kayley Cox
LP: Lydia Albrecht

Bruton: Sarah Tracy (1-3), Kelsee Harrod (1-3)
Grafton: Kayley Cox (2-3, RBI), Taylor Lawson (1-2, RBI)

 

Warhill Holds Off York for Season Sweep

Warhill completed its regular-season sweep of York, defeating the Falcons 2-1 at home on Tuesday.

After four scoreless innings to start the game, Warhill's Jewel Walters put the Lions ahead in the bottom of the fifth inning with an RBI double into right field.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Kieran McClure scored on a fielding error by York, putting the Lions on top 2-0.

York put up a major threat in the top of the seventh inning, however.

With the bases loaded, Miranda Yokum was able to score on a passed ball to bring the Falcons within one run.

Lions pitcher Keely Rochard came up big, striking out the next batter and forcing a pop fly to end the game.

Warhill (11-1) has won six consecutive games and will try to keep that streak alive on the road against Smithfield on Friday.

Meanwhile, York (8-3) will look to rebound on the road against Poquoson on Friday.

York: 000;000;1 — 1 4 2
Warhill: 000;011;x — 2 5 0

WP: Keely Rochard
LP: Chelsea Evans

York: Devon Smith (2-3), Chelsea Evans (1-3)
Warhill: Jewel Walters (1-3, RBI), Kieran McClure (2-3, R)

 

Morton Shuts Down Poquoson in Jamestown Victory

Behind a strong pitching performance from Madalyn Morton, who allowed three hits during a complete-game shutout, Jamestown was able to defeat Poquoson 3-0 at home on Tuesday.

The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Eagles.

Jamestown's first run of the game was scored in the bottom of the third inning as Emily Morgan advanced to home after an error by Poquoson's catcher.

Leading 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Tara Rowden smacked an RBI single to third base. On the next at bat, Samantha Lee hit an RBI single into center field for the game's final run.

Jamestown (4-7) will face a quick turnaround as the Eagles host New Kent on Wednesday.

Poquoson: 000;000;0 — 0 3 1
Jamestown: 001;002;x — 3 7 3

WP: Madalyn Morton
LP: Hibbs

Poquoson: Stout (1-3), Snelgrow (1-2)
Jamestown: Tara Rowden (1-3, RBI), Madison Maharty (3-3)

 

Lafayette No Match for Smithfield

Lafayette allowed nine first-inning runs during a tough 12-0 road loss against Smithfield on Tuesday.

The game was called in the fifth inning because of the Virginia High School League's 10-run rule.

With Lafayette trailing 1-0 in the first inning, Smithfield's Meredith Oliver blasted a grand slam that propelled the Packers to a nine-run inning.

The Packers tacked on an additional three runs in the second inning. Three more scoreless innings allowed Smithfield to end the game early against the Rams.

Lafayette (2-10) will try to rebound at home against Jamestown on Friday.

Lafayette: 000;00 — 0 1 4
Smithfield: 930;0x — 12 12 2

WP: Skylar Hedgepeth
LP: Julia Jones

Lafayette: Julia Jones (1-2)
Smithfield: Meredith Oliver (2-3, 4 RBIs), Morgan Riddle (1-3, 2 RBIs)

 

Tabb Blasts New Kent

Alexis Gore allowed six hits and struck out five batters as Tabb cruised past New Kent 8-0 at home on Tuesday.

The Tigers opened the game with a three-run first inning, which was followed by a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning to give Tabb a 5-0 lead.

Sydney Jacobsen opened the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo home run, which was followed later that inning by runs scored on an error and a fielder's choice.

Tabb (5-5) will look to keep its winning ways going during a road game against Lakeland on Wednesday.

New Kent: 000;000;0 — 0 6 3
Tabb: 320;003;x — 8 8 0

WP: Alexis Gore

Tabb: Sydney Jacobsen (2-4, 2 RBIs), Amber Vestynen (2-4, RBI)