Nobel’s Prize: A victory

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 17, 2005

Nobel Reeves and Will Hirsch each hit home runs as Nansemond River broke away with six runs in the last two innings to get past host Lakeland 13-6 in both team’s season-opener Tuesday. After the Cavaliers cut a five-run lead to one in the fifth, the Warriors rolled to a resounding win.

Tyren Rivers scored for River in the first, and Reeves blasted a two-run shot over the right-field fence. Sterling Scott knocked home Justin Topping in the second, and Gray Pope came in for Lakeland. David Morean followed suit in the third, but Hirsch smoked a two-run bomb to left in the fifth to go up, 7-2.

Chad Cross singled home John James, and Colt Eason pinch-ran. Morean and Dan Cross loaded the bases, and Pope knocked in Morean. John Rasberry drew a bases-loaded walk to force in Chad, and Dan scored on a wild pitch to get within 7-6. But Topping and Scott scored in the sixth, and David Mattei, Topping, Chris Williams and Rivers came in in the seventh to put the game away.

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River goes to Deep Creek on Friday, while Lakeland heads to Oscar Smith.