Mathews and Essex get the better of Lady Devils
by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Whitney Barrack retired seven batters as Lancaster picked up its first conference win, 4-2, over Colonial Beach last Wednesday in varsity softball.
The Lady Devils pushed a run across the plate in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead before giving up two runs to the visiting Drifters in the top of the third. Lancaster tied the outing at 2-2 then picked up two runs in the bottom of the fifth and held CB scoreless in the top of the sixth and seventh.
Maddie Davis and Riley Molineaux had two hits each and Molineaux recorded an RBI to lead Lancaster’s offense. Wilson Throckmorton, Randi Reed and Barrack also had an RBI each.
“Our defense finally decided to play,” said LHS coach Doug French. “Rachel Valdrighi continued her strong play behind the plate, getting two put outs and throwing a runner out at third base.”
Valdrighi also threw a runner out at second base in a game with few LHS highlights last Friday against Mathews. The Lady Blue Devils beat the Lady Red Devils, 12-0, in five innings.
“We continued with our strong defense with only three errors,” said French. “But we’re still making minor errors that are hurting the team.”
Maddie South went five innings for the win for Mathews and allowed only one hit by Throcktmorton.
Ashleigh Sanford made her second appearance on the mound for LHS this season, coming in the top of the fourth.
Lancaster opened play last week at Essex last Tuesday when the Lady Trojans downed the Lady Devils, 10-3.
Although Lancaster couldn’t muster a hit in the first, the Lady Devils took a short-lived 3-0 lead on two walks, a sacrifice and a dropped third strike.
After the first inning, Essex High’s Arleigh Wood kept the Lady Devils scoreless and gave up only one hit to Barrack.
Hathaway led the defense with two put outs and two assists.
Lancaster will play Northumberland in Claraville tomorrow, April 28, and will host Rappahannock Tuesday, May 2. Both games will begin at 7 p.m.