Warriors rule over Presidents with Rice#8217;s two-hit shutout

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 11, 2006

After Saturday’s storms postponed the last two games of the Nansemond River Spring Break Invitational baseball tournament, King’s Fork and Nansemond River finally got underway Monday.

In the morning game, King’s Fork scored twice in the top of the first against Dinwiddie, but unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Generals commanded the rest of the game with ease, rolling up a 23-3 win.

Michael Clark walked, stole second, and then scored from there on Chase White’s double to the fence in left.

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White then came around on Ryan Shelton’s single, but the rally ended there.

Dinwiddie’s offense, and patience with Bulldog pitching, paid off from there though.

KF almost got out of the first with the score 3-2, Dinwiddie, but a dropped third strike and then an error kept the inning going.

When the inning finally ended, Dinwiddie had scored nine runs.

In the second game of the day, the hosts got underway against Wilson, and the Warriors had little trouble as Chris Rice blanked the Presidents with a two-hitter and NR won, 11-0, in five innings.

Scoreless through an inning and a half, NR got going in the bottom of the second when Michael Joseph knocked a one-out double and Josh Harrell followed with an RBI single.

After a flyout, and with Josh Cousins at the plate, Harrell took off for second.

On the steal, the catcher’s throw went through into centerfield and Harrell continued to third; the throw toward third was wild and went into the NR dugout, allowing Harrell to walk home and make it 2-0 NR.

The Wilson third was Rice’s major test of the day as the Presidents got a walk, a bunt single and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases with one out.

Rice got the next batter to hit a chop to Cousins at first and Cousins came home with a strong throw, getting the force.

Rice struck out the next President hitter to end the inning.

In the NR third, Will Hirsch led off the inning and saw three straight balls to start his at bat.

Instead of the take sign, Hirsch instead got a 3-0 fastball and launched it over the leftfield fence for his third home run in the last two games.

The Warrior third continued as Justin Topping, Tim Eure and Joseph all reached base and came around to score in the inning, making it 6-0 NR going to the fourth.

Shane Vernon’s two-out, two-RBI single in the fourth made it 8-0 and the Warriors scored three more times in the fifth to end the game early.

Rice struck out four Presidents and also rolled eight groundball outs.

The Warrior defense was errorless for the game.

Tournament play continues today at Nansemond River with five games starting at 10 a.m.

King’s Fork at Lakeland match up at 3 p.m.

The final day of the tournament is Wednesday with the championship game set for 5:30 p.m.