LHS pitching, hitting remains strong to keep undefeated hold on first in district standings

Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Lancaster outscored opponents 20-3 last week to remain unbeaten in first place in Northern Neck District varsity baseball.

The Red Devils are 10-0 overall and 4-0 in the district with two weeks remaining in regular season. They will host West Point Friday, April 26, at Dream Fields in a make-up game and host Northampton on Monday, April 29, in another weather-rescheduled game. Lancaster returns to district play Tuesday, April 30, hosting Essex.

Lancaster beat previously undefeated Washington & Lee, 10-3, last Tuesday, striking first for four runs in the first inning.

Matthew Kleinfelter scored the opening run on a Spencer Crittenden RBI single. Crittenden stole second and third and scored on a Nick Wohleking single. Jayden Chapman ripped a two-run single up the middle to score Wohleking and Hunter Koonce.

Wohleking drove in Kleinfelter in the second and Chapman scored again on a Chris Cunningham sacrifice fly in the third.

Lancaster held a 6-3 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth after giving up a run in the fourth and two in the sixth but batted around for four runs. Courtesy of a single, hit batter and error, Lancaster loaded the bases and walked a run in when Crittenden drew a base on balls. Three more runs scored on a passed ball and an error.

Wohleking pitched a full game for the win for LHS. He struck out 12, gave up five hits and no walks.

Crittenden led at bat, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Wohleking was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run.

Our pitching staff continues to dominate,” said coach Welby Saunders. “And if we can keep the bats hot hopefully we can continue to win.”

Lancaster 10

Colonial Beach 0

Kleinfelter tossed a shutout, allowing four hits and fanning nine in 4.2 innings of work for LHS in its 10-0 win over the Drifters last Thursday. Crittenden faced one batter with a strikeout to close.

Lancaster scattered 10 runs in five innings, breaking the game open with a five-run rally in the fifth.

Lancaster scored one in its first at-bat, getting a two-out single from Crittenden, who then stole second and came home on a Wohleking single.

The Devils pushed across another in the second when Kleinfelter hit a two-out single to score Cunningham.

Wohleking, who went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, led off the third with a double and moved to third on a grounder by Koonce. Chapman drew a walk to put runners on the corners for a sacrifice fly to center by Brendan Walker to score Wohleking. Cunningham drove in Chapman from second with a single.

Redmond opened the fifth-inning rally with an RBI double and the Devils got two-run singles from both Adam Wilmore and Wohleking to cap the scoring.