, 2015

Double-header wins on
Eastern Shore road trip
boost Devils’ record, 9-1

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

The Red Devils traveled to the Eastern Shore last Thursday and came back with two more wins to improve to 9-1 overall in varsity baseball.

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Josh Moore pitched his second straight one-hitter in a 5-1 win over Nandua in the first game of a double-header against the Warriors and the Chincoteague Ponies. Moore walked only one and retired seven batters in seven innings.

Brandon Self led Lancaster’s batters, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and Taylor Woolard was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt for a run. Kyle Thomas batted 1-for-3 with a run and RBI.

Thomas scored his run in the top of the fourth after drawing a lead-off walk and moving to third on a single by Moore. Grant Long drove in Thomas with an RBI single to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.

Nandua tied the game in the bottom of the inning, but Lancaster scored the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth when Daniel Thomas hit a lead-off double and moved to third on a grounder by Jordan Hodges. K. Thomas drove in his brother, D. Thomas, with a single for a 2-1 LHS lead.

The Devils rallied for three runs in their last at-bat when Self and Woolard singled and Demetrick Lee drew a walk to load the bases. Lancaster scored three runs on a pass ball, botched pick-off attempt and a sacrifice fly by D. Thomas.

“Nandua is an excellent team,” said LHS coach Welby Saunders. “So that was a real big win for us.”

Woolard recorded the win in the second game, allowing three hits, walking five and striking out nine for a 2-1 win over Chincoteague.

Lancaster scored both its runs in the first when Lee drew a walk, stole second and scored on an RBI double by D. Thomas. D. Thomas came in on a single by Hodges.

The Ponies scored their one run in the top of the sixth, but left the bases loaded in both the third and sixth innings. Chincoteague loaded the bases with no outs in both the innings, “but we were able to get ourselves out of it defensively,” said Saunders. “That was a good sign of maturity for them to not give up. It was a long day, going to the Eastern Shore and playing 14 innings of ball. They could have easily given up a run or two in those innings just from being tired.”

D. Thomas led Lancaster against the Ponies, batting 2-for-3 with a run and RBI, while Hodges went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Jonathan Seal also went 1-for-1.

The Devils will travel to Mathews today, April 24, and Middlesex Friday, April 25.

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