Rain delays diamond tourneys

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Monday’s rain denied Nansemond River and Nansemond-Suffolk Academy the chance to continue their winning streaks in their respective baseball tournaments, both of which kicked off on Saturday. The Warriors exploded in a seven-run seventh inning to charge past Wilson 12-3 in the opening round of the Nansemond River Invitational, while Jeff Cooper singled home Jack Wright in the bottom of the seventh as the Saints edged Cape Henry 4-3 in the first game of the Hampton Roads Invitational at Oscar Smith.

The Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in their game, but Wilson tied things up in the bottom of the fourth. River loaded the bases in the sixth, and Chris Williams blasted a full-count pitch into centerfield for a double to drive home two runs.

Nobel Reeves drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh, and Tyren Rivers scored next to make it 7-3. Josh Cousins charged in for another run, and Reeves scored when Justin Topping reached on an error. Three runs later, the Warriors had turned a two-run game into a blowout.

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In other action, Lakeland fell 8-2 to Landstown.

Monday’s scheduled games, including King’s Fork vs. Lakeland and Green Run and Nansemond River vs. Bayside, will be pushed back until Wednesday. Weather permitting, all three Suffolk schools will do battle today, as Fork takes on Landstown at 12:30 p.m., Lakeland goes with Green Run at 3, and River faces Booker T. Washington at 5:30. The title games scheduled for Wednesday are tentatively scheduled for Thursday.

In the NSA win, Wright drove in two runs and Matt Tuttle one. The Saints will play an undetermined opponent at 7:30 tonight, with their Monday game pushed back to Wednesday.