Rochard overcomes pregame thumb injury to lift Warhill softball to victory

JAMES CITY – Warhill softball coach Tom Bunn thinks catcher Jasmine Ortiz is the Lions’ backup pitcher. He said he just hopes he doesn’t have to find out for sure.

Bunn came much closer to finding out Thursday before Warhill's 11-1, five-inning home win over Lafayette than he would like when ace Virginia Tech recruit Keely Rochard re-aggravated a broken thumb on her right throwing hand that she suffered in basketball season. There was blood, lots of it, and the junior needed a heavy application of medical tape and super glue to mend the wound – all 10 minutes before her first pitch was scheduled.

“We need to hit so I don’t devote a lot of...