R-H varsity baseball has 1-1 week

Published 12:20 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Randolph-Henry High School’s (R-H) varsity baseball team experienced a narrow 1-0 loss to visiting Goochland High School and a 12-0 road win over Buckingham County High School last week.

The shutout win over the Knights on Thursday pushed R-H’s overall record to 7-3 this season.

“We started slow in the hitting department but did all of the little things right to earn a victory on Thursday,” Statesmen Head Coach Josh Barmoy said. “I was very pleased defensively as when we needed a big play or an out with runners in scoring position our defense was able to make it happen to help out Colby Jordan.”

The coach noted that Jordan, a junior pitcher, earned the win on the mound, pitching for five innings and allowing zero runs on three hits while striking out four.

“(The) Statesmen secured the victory thanks to eight runs in the fifth inning,” Barmoy said.

He stated that driving in runs during that inning were sophomore Tyler Case, sophomore Noah Walker, junior Carson Gibbs, sophomore Brandin Henson, junior Matthew Harding and senior Skylar Lacks.

The coach highlighted how the Statesmen got their offense started, pointing out that they scored on a stolen base during a Case at-bat in the first inning, and then Case singled.

Randolph-Henry produced 10 hits. Case led the way, going 3-for-4, while Lacks and Gibbs also recorded multiple hits.

The April 9 game against Goochland may not have yielded a win, but it had its positive for the Statesmen, including lessons that will help them hone their skills in tight games.

“I thought we had a great performance on the mound by Skylar Lacks,” Barmoy said. “Skylar went the distance for us without giving up an earned run and having nine strikeouts — all of this versus a quality opponent in Goochland.”

The coach said that in addition to this, R-H was able to put the ball in play the entire night and had only two strikeouts.

“The deciding factor was situational hitting in which Goochland was able to execute and we were not,” Barmoy said. “We had our opportunities but were unable to get a key hit with runners in scoring position to put a run across. Both teams played a pretty clean game, but in tight ballgames it comes down to which team can execute, and that’s something we are continually working on in practice to get better at.”

After hosting Cumberland County High School on Tuesday, the Statesmen host Brunswick High School on Tuesday, April 23, at 6 p.m.