NRHS dominates HeritagePublished 10:37pm Friday, May 2, 2014
The first meeting on the baseball and softball fields between Suffolk and one of its Peninsula conference mates happened on Thursday, and the games were decidedly one-sided.
Nansemond River High School played host to Heritage High School, defeating the Hurricanes 15-0 in baseball and 19-1 in softball, with the mercy rule applying in both games.
“We knew in the conference that Heritage was one of the weaker teams, but you still never know,” Warriors baseball coach Mark Stuffel said. “It’s a new team, haven’t played them before, and we were just better than they were.”
Nansemond River scored nine runs in the first inning on two hits.
“We didn’t chase bad pitches,” Stuffel said. “They made walking pretty easy. They didn’t throw many strikes.”
Before the first inning was over, the coach had all of his substitutes in the game. The Warriors made it 13-0 after two innings.
Top performers for Nansemond River on the night included junior Corbin Townsend, who hit his first home run, a solo shot. Junior Kieton Rivers had two hits and three runs batted in and sophomore Wilbur Davis contributed two hits, as well.
The Warriors had not been in action since last Saturday, when they defeated host Dinwiddie High School 7-2, off strong hitting from batters including, seniors Hunter Kiessling and Shane McCaw and sophomore Dion Jordan.
Nansemond River (11-2, 3-0) hits the road on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday next week against Phoebus High School, Denbigh High School and Lakeland High School, respectively.
On the softball field, the Lady Warriors scored 14 of their 19 runs in the first inning of their first game since April 10.
NR softball coach Gabe Rogers knew the Lady Hurricanes were a team that would likely struggle against his squad.
“They came out and they played hard, but it’s just a difference of talent level,” he said.
He pulled his starters after an inning and a half.
Freshman Katelyn Biando hit an in-the-park home run. In fairness, Rogers said a couple of others could have done the same later on, but were stopped out of sportsmanship.
Next week, Nansemond River (8-1, 3-0) hosts Phoebus High School on Tuesday and visits Warhill High School on Wednesday, Denbigh High School on Thursday and Lakeland High School on Friday.