by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
The Blue Devils had runners on second and third with no outs when a storm blew through Kilmarnock, causing a two-hour lightning delay and ending a non-conference game early with the host Red Devils.
Lancaster won the varsity baseball game, 3-1, at Dream Fields in Kilmarnock after both teams agreed the contest couldn’t be finished.
The Red Devils were leading 3-2 when the game was called in the top of the seventh. The final score was actually 3-1, which was Lancaster’s lead at the end of six innings, qualifying it as a regulation game, according to LHS coach Welby Saunders.
Matthew Kleinfelter got the win for the Red Devils, giving up seven hits, walking two and fanning nine.
Mathews took a one-run lead in the top of the fifth on a single, fielder’s choice and two-out single before Lancaster put together a three-run inning in the fifth.
Adam Wilmore drew a walk and scored on a Kleinfelter double to the left field fence. Danny Hinson drove in Kleinfelter with a double down the left field line and Hinson stole third on a passed ball before scoring on a deep fly ball by Nick Wohleking.
Wilmore led the LHS offense, batting 1-for-1 and drawing three walks for a run scored. Kleinfelter was 1-for-3 with an RBI double.
Friday’s game capped a three-game week for the Red Devils, who picked up a pair of conference wins over Essex and Colonial Beach.
“It was a great week of baseball,” said Saunders. “Getting three wins in a tight district is very significant. Although we showed our youth and made key mistakes during each game, we never got down and continued to fight.
“Whether it was a sacrifice bunt, sacrifice fly or key hit, everyone kept coming through when needed,” he added. “It was a huge game-winning hit for Spencer Crittenden against Colonial Beach and Kleinfelter had a great week of baseball, leading our team in hitting. We will continue to be up and down due to our youth, but it’s a fun team to watch right now.”
Colonial Beach 5
Spencer Crittenden hit the game-winning single as Lancaster rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to get by Colonial Beach, 6-5, last Wednesday.
The Drifters pushed two runs across in the first and fifth innings to take a 4-0 lead before the Devils batted through the line-up to score four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Jacob Taft and Jayson Gill reached base on balls and Brandon Rosalia’s single scored Taft for the first LHS run. Hunter Koonce’s sacrifice fly to left field drove in Tahlik Redmond, who was pinch running for Gill. Adam Wilmore walked and Kleinfelter smacked a two-run double to score Rosalia and Wilmore to tie the game.
Lancaster gave up a run in the sixth and headed into the final frame down by one, 5-4, when Gill drew a lead-off walk. Redmond, running for Gill, stole second and advanced to third on a bunt. With runners on first and third, Wilmore hit a sacrifice fly to score Redmond. The Drifters intentionally walked Kleinfelter and Danny Hinson singled to load the bases for Crittendon’s critical single.
Rosalia led Lancaster at bat, going 1-for-1 with a walk, sacrifice and run scored.
Hinson gave up six hits and retired three in five innings of work but Kleinfelter go the win, striking out five and allowing two hits in two the last two innings.
The Devils opened play last week with an 11-3 win over Essex.
Kleinfelter batted .1000, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and six RBIs to lead the Devils at the plate. Wilmore was 3-for-5 with a triple and double and three runs scored and Gill was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Spencer Crittenden got the win, pitching three and two third innings with only one hit allowed. Danny Hinson and Nick Wohleking combined to pitched the last three and a third innings in relief.
Lancaster will play Northumberland tomorrow, April 28, in Claraville and host Rappahannock at Dream Fields Tuesday, May 2. Both games will begin at 7 p.m.