, 2015

Varsity Red Devils still undefeated

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Lancaster’s varsity Devils are still unbeaten as they head into conference baseball play this week. 

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Jay Bryant of Lancaster is there with the tag of a Mathews runner at third during Saturday's invitational game. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi 

Lancaster picked up a pair of wins over Middlesex and Mathews in the 2014 Spring Baseball and Softball Invitational at Dream Fields near Kilmarnock last weekend to improve to 6-0 overall. 

The Devils beat Middlesex, 10-4, Friday with Brandon Self starting on the mound and Josh Moore closing. Self pitched four and two-third innings and gave up four hits and struck out two. Moore retired five and allowed one hit in two and a third innings. 

The Devils led 4-0 after five, then rallied for six runs in the sixth.

Jordan Hodges led Lancaster at the plate, batting 2-for-3 with two doubles for two RBIs and two runs scored. Grant Long also went 2-for-3 with two RBIs off a double to right center that scored Kyle Thomas and Hodges in the third inning. K. Thomas went 2-for-3 and his brother, Daniel Thomas, was 2-for-4 with a double.

Moore went the distance on the mound for a complete game and win over Mathews on Saturday. He fanned six batters and allowed eight hits. 

At bat, Demetrick Lee went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and hit a triple. K. Thomas batted 2-for-4 with two RBIs. 

Lee scored in Lancaster’s first at-bat after getting hit by a pitch and stealing second and third. He came home on a two-out shot by K. Thomas. He scored again in the fourth after smacking a triple and then scoring on a single by D. Thomas.

In the second inning, Lancaster got a one-out single from Lee and loaded the bases with walks by D. Thomas and Moore followed by a two-run single by K. Thomas. 

Northumberland, which also went 2-0 in the invitational, capped Saturday’s varsity play with a 10-0 rout of Middlesex.

A total of 23 teams, including varsity baseball and softball, JV baseball and softball and middle school baseball and softball, participated in the Dream Fields tournament, according to organizer and LHS baseball coach Welby Saunders. 

“This should remind everyone that we do have a strong youth presence in our community and events like this can happen and should happen more often,” said Saunders. “It was a great weekend. And great to see the ballpark overflowing with cars. It was a good community event that came together with the help of parents, coaches and volunteers. 

Lancaster’s varsity Devils will be back on the field today (April 10) when they host Rappahannock at Dream Fields at 5 p.m.

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