Lady Warriors hang on; Warriors run away

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Lindly Theroux struck out seven and the Nansemond River defense held off host King’s Fork in the last inning of a 4-3 victory on Monday. After the Lady Bulldogs loaded the bases with one out, the Lady Warrior defense got two quick outs to escape, going unbeaten in Suffolk for the third consecutive season.

Their baseball counterparts had an easier time, scoring nine runs in the sixth inning to charge away with a shortened 19-1 victory.

Ashley Aston doubled home Heather Horton in the top of the first, and Whitney Witt knocked home Mindy Byrd to tie things up in the bottom. Aston led off the fourth with a walk, and Cherae Rice reached on an error. Collette Butler doubled to score Aston and move Rice to third, and Sarah Brooks singled Rice in. Butler later scored on a wild pitch to go up by three.

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Margaret Ferris reached on an error to start the fifth, and scored on a single by Byrd. Rachel Bailor singled to start the sixth, and Tina Parker went in to pinch-run. Leighanne Sexton bunted her to second, and Gillian Giarrizzo got her to third with a single. Parker charged in when Giarrizzo stole second, cutting the lead to one.

LaTonia Gatling bunted out to start the seventh, but Byrd and Megan Oliver singled and Witt reached on an error. But Kelsei Saunders scooped up a grounder by Bailor and nailed Byrd at home plate, and Theroux struck out Sexton to end things.

In baseball, Chris Williams and Will Hirsch scored in the first, and Nobel Reeves knocked home Zach Strong and Chris Rice in the second. Justin Topping and Tim Eure came in in the third, and Eure doubled home Hirsch and Josh Cousins in the fourth and scored himself to take a 10-0 lead.

Steve Wyatt scored for Fork, but Eure, Mike Joseph, Strong, Sterling Scott, and David Mattei all crossed the plate in the final inning.

Both River teams went to Indian River late Tuesday and will host Oscar Smith Friday, the same day that Fork hosts Deep Creek.