by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Lancaster came from a slaughter-rule loss to Rappahannock last Tuesday to open Northern Neck District junior varsity baseball play with a five-inning win over Essex on Thursday to finish the week with a 1-1 start in the league.
Brenden Walker struck out four and allowed seven hits last Thursday to record the 16-2 win over the Trojans in Tappahannock. Jayden Chapman closed with two strikeouts in one inning.
Lancaster’s batters came up with 16 hits. Tate Wilmore lead the offense with three hits and three RBIs. Chapman and Marshall Lee had three hits each. Chapman had two RBI and Lee one. Walker had a hit and sacrifice fly for three RBIs and TJ Waddy had two hits and two RBIs. Eric Darrall had an RBI with two hits.
Lancaster batted through the line-up for an eight-run rally in the fourth inning to blow the game open.
Rappahannock had a big fourth inning last Tuesday, taking advantage of a few key LHS errors to clinch the five-inning win, 13-2.
“We struggled to get our offense going,” said LHS coach Will Barrack.
Walker led the Devils at the plate with two hits for two RBIs and Wilmore had one hit.
Lancaster scored one run in the third inning on a walk by Darrell and a base hit by Walker and its second run in the fifth on a walk by Ashton Hollingsworth and a second RBI single by Walker.
The JV Devils will host Washington & Lee today, April 19, and Northumberland on Tuesday, April 24.