by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Lancaster lost a couple of close Northern Neck District games last week before traveling to the Eastern Shore to win a five-inning slaughter over Northampton in varsity baseball.
Spencer Crittenden pitched four-and-two-thirds innings with six strikeouts and four walks for the win in the 11-1 five-inning game against the Yellow Jackets.
Tucker Vanderpool made his varsity debut on the mound, closing the game and giving up one hit and striking out one.
Lancaster spread out its 11 runs with Talik Redmond and Crittenden scoring three times each.
Matthew Kleinfelter had a double, single and sacrifice fly and Adam Wilmore had a two-RBI double. Jacob Taft also hit a double.
Colonial Beach 4
Lancaster opened the three-game week last Tuesday with a one-run loss, 4-3, to Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County.
The host Drifters took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first and led 4-0 with an added run in the fifth before Lancaster got its bats going. The Devils put three on the board in the top of the sixth when Kleinfelter hit a two-run double to score Wilmore and Danny Hinson. Wilmore had reached on an error and Hinson hit a double to put runners on second and third. Pinch runner Tae Middleton, in for Kleinfelter, stole third and home.
The Devils left the tying run stranded at second in the top of the seventh.
Kleinfelter, Hinson and Tahlik Redmond each had a hit to lead LHS.
Nick Wohleking gave up four hits and struck out seven in four innings, while Kleinfelter retired four in two innings.
Washington & Lee 8
The Washington & Lee Eagles scored three in the first and another four in the second to take an early 7-0 lead en route to an 8-5 win over LHS last Thursday.
Lancaster scored three in the third behind a Chris Cunningham walk, Crittenden single and an RBI base knock by Redmond and a two-run double by Hinson.
Vanderpool scored in the top of the fourth on an error and Lancaster scored its final run in the top of the sixth when Wohleking drove in Redmond with a single.
Lancaster left two runners on in the top of the seventh. And for the game, the Devils left at least two runners stranded in four innings.
Kleinfelter struck out 10, walked five and gave up seven hits in five innings. Crittenden pitched one inning with one hit allowed, one walk and one strikeout.
Lancaster will go to Essex Tuesday, May 1 and host Colonial Beach Thursday, May 3.