Indians the victim in Warhill’s historic win

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 17, 2008

COURTLAND-Warhill High School made history Tuesday.

The Lions notched their first-ever baseball win with a 10-4 victory over Southampton High School.

Warhill, a new school in Williamsburg, joined the Bay Rivers District this past fall. Without any seniors, the school’s athletic program has struggled. Until Tuesday, the entire athletic program had one just one game (the girls’ basketball team). In Tuesday’s contest, the Lions had one junior on the field. The rest were freshmen and sophomores.

The Lions used timely hitting to stump the Indians, who fell to 0-6. All 10 of Warhill’s runs came with two outs, including a two-run homer by Brandon Lyons in the first inning off Southampton starter Sidney Rawls, a two-run double by Pat Godwin in the third inning, a two-run single by Godwin in the fifth inning, and a two-run triple by Chris Aldridge in the seventh inning.

Meanwhile, Warhill starter Tommy Gill, a freshman, kept the Southampton bats relatively quiet until the seventh inning. Southampton’s Ryan Whisenant, batting ninth in the order, crushed a grand slam over the left-field fence with two outs.

Warhill (1-7-1) coach Thad Reviello said he left Gill in despite his high pitch count.

&uot;He got tired. We left him in because he had a shutout,&uot; Reviello said.

Southampton head coach Wes Griffith was impressed with Gill’s effort.

&uot;His speed kept us off balance mot of the game. We couldn’t get the hitting down like we should have,&uot; Griffith said. &uot;He is by far the best pitcher we have seen this year.&uot;

For the Indians Dustin Sykes was 2-for-2 and Whisenant was 2-for-3.

Southampton plays at York on Saturday.