One way or another, Suffolk wins

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 31, 2005

Suffolk high schools demonstrated both the hard and easy ways to get a victory Tuesday in the second round of the Nansemond River Invitational baseball tournament, as the host Warriors cruised to a five-inning 14-2 win over Booker T. Washington (BTW), while Lake-land scrambled to a 4-3 comeback victory over Green Run.

The Stallions jumped to a 2-0 lead early on, and John James hit in John Raspberry to cut it in half in the fourth. Run got the run back in the fifth, and the Cavaliers headed up in the sixth.

Raspberry walked, and James knocked a 0-2 pitch into right to move him to third. Bryan Bess laid a bunt down the first-base line to bring home Raspberry and get James to second.

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David Morean grounded out, but James went to third, and Kenny Wright knocked him in with a single to left.

&uot;I was just looking for a hit,&uot; Wright said. &uot;(The pitcher) threw a strike straight down the middle.&uot;

Steve Morean and Chad Cross singled the bases full, and Wright scored on a wild pitch to put the Cavaliers ahead for the first time. Daniel Cross finished a complete-game, nine-strikeout performance in the seventh to clinch the Cavaliers’ first win of the season.

&uot;I threw low strikes to get the ground ball,&uot; Daniel said. &uot;I wasn’t worried, because I knew I’d get the outs.&uot;

In the River game, BTW jumped ahead early, scoring two runs off Nobel Reeves in the first. But it didn’t last.

Chris Williams led off for the Warriors by singling into centerfield, and Tyren Rivers reached on a bunt. Will Hirsch bounced a double off the left-centerfield fence to bring both in, and scored on a two-bagger by Josh Cousins.

Cousins moved to third when Reeves grounded out, and scored on a single by Justin Topping to end the inning up 4-2.

River went right back to work in the second, as Williams walked, stole second and scored on a single by Rivers. Hirsch batted home Rivers to up the lead to four. Chris Rice walked to open the third, and Topping hammered a triple to left to score him. Zach Woldmoe drove in Topping and scored on an infield single by Rivers. Hirsch hit a double, and Reeves added two runs to the tally with a single.

By then, he’d settled down on the mound as well, striking out 10 in four innings. Shane Vernon and David Mattei crossed the plate in the fourth, and Tim Eure struck out two in the fifth to end things early.

In other action, King’s Fork fell 8-0 to Landstown. The Bulldogs played Green Run and Lakeland on Wednesday (neither game was finished at press time), and the Warriors battled Bayside. The championship games will be played today.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s game in the Hampton Roads Invitational at Oscar Smith was postponed.