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Prep roundup: Warhill Sports Complex turf fields to be replaced

Prep roundup: Warhill Sports Complex turf fields to be replaced
College of William and Mary club teams such as ultimate frisbee are among the users of the Warhill Sports Complex. James City County has issued a request for proposals to replace the seven turf fields at the complex, with work scheduled to begin in November. (Jimmy LaRoue)

Plans are in place for the seven turf fields at the Warhill Sports Complex to be replaced beginning in November.

James City County has sent out requests for proposals to replace seven turf fields at the Warhill Sports Complex.

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The fields have been in place since 2007 and take up 574,210 square feet, including 92,219 square feet of turf at Sanford B. Wanner Stadium.

Field replacement would take place between Nov. 1 and March 1, 2019.

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Proposals are due by May 1, with a contractor scheduled to be selected by June 22 and approval from the James City County Board of Supervisors coming by July 10.

A non-mandatory pre-proposal meeting will be held at 10 a.m. April 18 at the Warhill Sports Complex.

According to the request for proposals, FieldTurf Classic HD or FieldTurf Classic HD Coolplay will be installed on all seven athletic fields and walkways, with the fields to be under warranty for at least eight years. The fields will need to be lined, at minimum, for soccer, football, field hockey and lacrosse.

Five youth sports organizations — Virginia Legacy Soccer Club, Tidewater Sharks (soccer), Williamsburg Warriors Lacrosse Club, Williamsburg Youth Football and Cheerleading League and James City Jaguars (football) — regularly use the Warhill Sports Complex and Wanner Stadium for 10 months out of the year, the request states.

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The fields are seldom reserved in December and January, according to the RFP.

The turf fields are frequently used by Williamsburg-James City County Schools for athletic practices, games and band competitions, with Lafayette, Warhill and Jamestown all hosting JV and varsity athletic games at Wanner Stadium throughout the year, the request states.

The request for proposals notes that an average of 30 tournaments and special events are held at the Warhill Sports Complex each year, with the majority of the tournaments for soccer and lacrosse groups. Individual groups such as Focus Field Hockey and William and Mary club sports also frequently rent the fields, according to the RFP.

Baseball

In the battle of Williamsburgs, Whitley County of Williamsburg, Ky. beat Walsingham Academy 7-4 Friday to cap off its spring break trip to The Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

It was the lone loss for the Trojans on their trip, with games played on fields designed to be replicas of historic major league ballparks.

Against Whitley County, Walsingham trailed 2-0 after the first inning, but pulled within 5-4 in the top of the sixth. Whitley County scored two more runs in the bottom half of the inning to seal the win.

Tanner Schobel reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a walk. Jacob Miller-Bopp and Nathan Wildasin each went 2-for-3 with a double and Wildasin also drove in a run.

Christian Carter, Zach Tomek and Jack Estep each drove in a run for Walsingham.

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On the mound, Paul Williams pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits and three earned runs, while Miller-Bopp pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up three hits and no earned runs.

Walsingham won its first four games in Myrtle Beach, picking up a pair of wins Tuesday — 7-5 over Andrews (S.C.) and 15-7 over East Carter County (Ky.). On Wednesday, the Trojans defeated Heathwood Hall Episcopal 19-8. Thursday, Walsingham beat Middleboro 4-1.

Walsingham 7, Andrews (S.C.) 5

Against Andrews, Zach Stanko got the win after striking out five and giving up three earned runs in five innings. Williams pitched two innings in relief, giving up three hits and no earned runs in picking up his first high school save.

At the plate, Lincoln Lubsen went 2-for-4 with a double, driving in two runs. Jason Covaney also went 2-for-2 and Schobel, Miller-Bopp, Christian Carter and Wildasin also drove in runs.

Walsingham raced out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, but Andrews scored three runs in the second and once in the fifth to tie the game. The Trojans then scored twice in the sixth and once in the seventh.

Walsingham 15, East Carter County 7

In Tuesday's win over East Carter County, eighth-grader Donnie Evans earned his first Walsingham pitching victory.

Though East Carter County scored single runs in each of the first four innings and twice more in the fifth, Walsingham got four runs in the bottom of the first, and then put up seven runs in its half of the third.

Evans gave up one hit and two earned runs with three strikeouts in three innings. Wildasin pitched two innings of relief and gave up four hits and three earned runs, striking out five. Covaney pitched one hitless inning of relief.

Cody Christman went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and two RBI. Stanko went 3-for-4 with three RBI while Sam Vileda was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Miller-Bopp, Zack Tomek, Carter, Lubsen and Estep also drove in runs.

Walsingham 19, Heathwood Hall Episcopal (S.C.) 8

Lubsen led a potent Trojans offensive display, going 5-for-5 with a double and three RBI as Walsingham used a pair of big innings Wednesday to pick up the win over Heathwood Hall Episcopal.

Four other Walsingham players had at least two hits — Schobel (2-for-4, 3 RBI), Stanko (3-for-5, 3 RBI), Carter (3-for-5, RBI) and Wildasin (2-for-4, RBI).

Vileda also drove in two runs as Walsingham scored in each of the first three innings. The Trojans plated nine of those runs in the third to take a 12-1 lead. Heathwood Hall rallied with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth, but Walsingham countered with seven in the sixth.

Schobel had a strong start for the Trojans, giving up three hits and an unearned run while striking out four and walking one. Miller-Bopp closed out the game with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. He gave up one hit, struck out three and walked one.

Walsingham 4, Middleboro (Ky.) 1

Covaney pitched a complete game, giving up one earned run on six hits and a walk. He also registered four strikeouts in the Trojans' win over Middleboro (Ky.) Thursday.

Stanko went 2-for-3 with an RBI while Schobel, Miller-Bopp and Tomek all had hits.

Women’s golf

The Kingsmill Championship, set for May 17-20, announced that insurance company Geico will be its presenting sponsor. The tournament offers $1.3 million in prize money.

Also, 17-year tour player Natalie Gulbis gained a sponsor's exemption.

LaRoue can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342, by email at jlarouejr@vagazette.com or on Twitter @jlaroue.

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