, 2015

Indians ice first-round
tournament bye with
7-4 win over Lancaster

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Northumberland maintained its lock on first place and Lancaster stayed in third last Tuesday when the Indians beat the Devils, 7-4, in a varsity baseball game in Heathsville.

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Northumberland entered this week’s Conference #43 tournament with only two losses on the year to receive a first-round bye. Lancaster, which finished the season at 13-6, was scheduled to host fifth seed Washington & Lee on Tuesday (May 27). A win would advance Lancaster to a semifinal game against the winner of second-place Rappahannock (Richmond County) and seventh-place Rappahannock County. That game was scheduled May 28, along with a game between Northumberland and the winner of fourth-place Essex and fifth-place Colonial Beach.

The conference tournament championship will be played at 7 p.m. Friday, May 30, at 7 p.m. at Dream Fields near Kilmarnock.

Blake Walker went the distance on the mound for the win for Northumberland in last Tuesday’s regular season ender for Lancaster. Walker allowed only five hits, walked three and retired 13 LHS batters.

Josh Moore pitched four innings for Lancaster, with four strikeouts, one walk and three hits allowed. Taylor Woolard pitched two innings and gave up two hits, walked five and struck out one.

Matthew Harris scored in the third to give Northumberland a short-lived, 1-0, lead before Lancaster scored four in the top of the fourth. The Devils loaded the bases on two walks and a single by Moore to set up a three-run, two-out double by Woolard. Jay Bryant recorded an RBI single with a two-out base hit to score Woolard.

The Indians battled back in the bottom of the fifth with two runs on a bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly by Brandon Walker and took the lead in the bottom of the sixth on three walks, a hit and three-run double by Jack Jett.

Woolard led Lancaster at the plate, going 1-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored and Bryant was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Jett batted 2-for-4 with four BIs and Harris was 1-for-3 with two runs scored to lead Northumberland.

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