The Colonial Beach catcher waits on the throw while Jonathan Seal crosses the plate for Lancaster. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Lancaster will host the Raiders today (May 16) in the final regular season game. Tournament play begins next Tuesday with the semifinal games at Dreamfields near Kilmarnock at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Final seedings haven’t been determined. The tournament championship will be next Thursday, May 23, at Dreamfields at 7:30 p.m.
Lancaster beat Colonial Beach, 10-2, last Friday and edged Washington & Lee, 4-3, Monday to improve to 6-2 in the district. Rappahannock also has a 6-2 league record. Northumberland is in third place at 5-3 and Essex fourth at 4-4.
Colton Hayden picked up the win against the Drifters, replacing starter Josh Moore in the fourth inning and putting in three innings of work with three strikeouts, one hit allowed and three walks. Moore pitched the first three innings and allowed one unearned run on one hit, two strikeouts and three walks. Taylor Woolard closed for the Devils, giving up two runs on two strikeouts, two hits and a walk in the seventh inning.
Demetrick Lee went 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run triple. Moore went 2-for-3 with a walk and double for an RBI and Kedrick Lee was 1-for-4 with a double for two runs scored and two RBIs. Jordan Hodges and Hayden both went 2-for-3. Hodges also walked, scored twice and had an RBI, while Hayden had a double and scored twice.
After leaving runners on base in the first three innings, the Devils scored four runs in the fourth. Lancaster scored three runs off four hits, including three doubles, and William Abbott ended the rally with an RBI single.
Lancaster scored another six runs in the fifth off four walks, an error, a single and D. Lee’s base-clearing triple.
Woolard walked six, allowed three hits and retired seven batters at the plate in six innings against Washington & Lee. Hayden came in for the save in the seventh, striking out one and allowing one hit.
Hayden also led Lancaster at the plate, batting 2-for-4 with a run scored. Hodges went 1-for-1 with two walks and an RBI and Kyle Thomas was 1-for-4 with a run scored and RBI.
The Devils scored one run in the second after Hayden led off with a single and moved to second on a walk by Hodges. Daniel Thomas laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Hayden and Hodges around and Hayden scored on a passed ball.
In the third, Lancaster drew two walks to open for an RBI single by K. Thomas. Hodges drew a bases loaded walk to score one run and K. Lee was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to walk in the third run.
Washington & Lee scored its first run in the third off an error, walk and sacrifice fly and scored two more in the fourth off two hits, a walk and a passed ball.
“We continue to play well defensively and have strong pitching performances,” said LHS coach Welby Saunders, “but we still struggle on occasions with our hitting.”