by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Lancaster and Washington & Lee played to a 7-7 tie in eight innings Monday night before the game was called by officials to end a marathon junior varsity baseball double-header at Dream Fields in Kilmarnock.
The Eagles won the first five-inning game, 6-2, with Lancaster’s Tucker Vanderpool giving up six hits in a complete game. W&L put up three runs in the third and another three in the fifth.
Lancaster scored its two runs in the bottom of the fifth on five straight hits. Vanderpool, Blake Smith and Elijah Palmer had a hit each to load the bases for RBI singles by Deav’on Harding and Chris Cunningham.
In the second game, Lancaster and W&L played to a 5-5 tie after five innings. Lancaster scoring one run in the second on an RBI double by Keith Elswick that drove in JaQuan Veney. Smith was left stranded at third.
In the third inning, LHS scored two runs after TJ Waddy led off with a hit, Luke Simpson and Vanderpool walked to lead the bases. Waddy scored on a wild pitch and Smith drove in Simpson with a single.
The Red Devils rallied for two more in the fourth when Cunningham was hit by a pitch and scored on an RBI double by Waddy. Vanderpool smacked a double to drive in Waddy.
Both teams scored a run in the sixth to bring up a 6-6 lock with Simpson scoring on a sacrifice by Smith for LHS.
In the seventh, Elijah Palmer drew a walk, stole second, went to third on a pass ball and scored on a pass ball, before W&L answered in the bottom of the frame to bring up a 7-7 tie. Both teams went scoreless in the eighth before the umpires called the game because of a time limit.
In other games last week, Lancaster mustered only two hits in a 6-1 loss to Mathews last Wednesday. Cunningham and Veney recorded a hit each to account for Lancaster’s offense. The Devils scored their only run in the bottom of the first when Cunningham drew a walk and scored on a fielder’s choice by Keith Elswick.
Elswick threw a complete seven innings with eight hits allowed and nine strikeouts.
“Mathews played incredible defense and they kept the pressure on us offensively,” said LHS coach Will Barrack.
Elswick and Simpson combined on the mound in a 6-5 win over Colonial Beach last Tuesday at Dream Fields. Simpson started and went five-and-a-third innings with nine hits and 11 strikeouts. Elswick closed with one and two-third innings, allowing one hit and striking out one.
Smith led Lancaster at bat, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Veney had an RBI double and Palmer an RBI single. Palmer, Vanderpool, Elswick and Waddy had two hits each.
The Devils batted through the line-up for five runs in the second inning and were up 6-3 when they gave up two runs in the top of the seventh.