Rock harder than Oak; Saints win big

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Suffolk News-Herald

Jason Rock struck out five in a complete game, and seven different players scored as Nansemond-Suffolk Academy (NSA) broke a five-game losing streak with a 10-0, five-inning victory over visiting Norfolk Collegiate on Wednesday. The win marked the first TCIS victory of the season for the Saints (7-6, 1-3) .

&uot;We weren’t as spirited as usual (when we lost),&uot; Rock said. &uot;But we brought it back today. My teammates really backed me up, and we were hitting a lot better.&uot;

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Jack Wright led off the first inning with a single, and Robert Crumpler cashed him in with a triple. Adam Keeling doubled Crumpler in, and Todd Harrell bashed a two-bagger into right field to score Keeling.

After the Oaks managed one hit (they had five all afternoon) in the second, Brandon Winslow reached on an error, and scored when Wright hit into a fielder’s choice. Jeff Cooper bounced a double off the left field fence, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on another. Crumpler walked, and scored when Winslow reached on an error to end the inning ahead 6-0.

Ryan Johnson walked and stole second to start the third. Bo Garner moved him over with an infield single, and stole second himself, drawing a throw that allowed Johnson to head home. Matt Tuttle hit a ground-rule double under the centerfield fence to score Garner, and scored himself when Winslow reached on an error.

A sacrifice fly by Wright soon brought Winslow in, and neither team scored again.

The Saints will try for another TCIS victory at 4:30 p.m. today when they head to Hampton Roads Academy.