Warriors trounce opponents

Published 9:41 pm Monday, April 11, 2011

Nansemond River second baseman Tyler Brown makes a throw to first during Monday’s Southeastern District game against visiting Hickory. Brown hit one of four doubles NR hit in a 12-2, five-inning win over the Hawks. The Warriors (5-3, 5-3) host Lakeland today at 5:30 p.m.

Coming off seeing a 6-0 lead turn into an 8-6 district loss at Deep Creek on Thursday, Nansemond River’s baseball squad ended its three-game losing streak emphatically, trouncing Hickory by the 10-run rule, 12-2 in four-and-a-half innings Monday at Nansemond River.

All nine Warriors in the starting lineup contributed at least a run or an RBI, and in most spots a lot more. The Warriors (5-3, 5-3) sent all sorts of shots deep around their outfield against two Hawk pitchers and totaled five extra-base hits, highlighted by Kyle Moore’s two-run homer as part of a seven-run second inning to put NR up 8-1.

On Nansemond River’s softball field, Hickory scored a run in the sixth and kept two Lady Warrior runners stranded in the bottom of the seventh for a 3-2 district win.

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The Warriors broke open a 1-1 game in the second, mostly after the Hawks had two outs inning.

Travis Johnson opened the inning with a double and scored on Ryan O’Hara’s sacrifice fly; the first out in the inning.

Hayden Champigny moved to third on O’Hara’s sacrifice only to get cut down at the plate on Blake Eure’s chopper to third.

Now with two down, a walk and an error kept the inning going.

With two more runs in, so the score standing at 4-1 Warriors, and with runners on the corners, Zack Vann sent a liner into left-center, scoring one run easily.

Vann attempted stretching the hit into a double and got caught in a rundown. As Vann was seemingly being tagged out going back to first, the Hickory player dropped the ball on the tag. Brandon Lowe was halfway down the third base line, as Vann would’ve been out. Instead, Lowe scored and the inning continued.

On the next pitch, Moore powered a fly over the left field fence for an 8-1 lead.

In the Warrior third, Tyler Brown’s RBI double scored Champigny and Josh Howard’s sacrifice fly drove in Blake Eure, who’d reached with a double that nearly left the yard to center.

Howard got the win with a five-inning complete game. He gave up four hits and no walks while striking out four.

“Josh pitched a very good game for us,” said NR head coach Mark Stuffel. “No walks is a big key and when there were one or two miscues by our defense, Josh did a great job of just going right at the next hitter.”

“It felt like the ball happened to bounce our way today. It doesn’t feel like it’s been doing that too often for us lately,” Stuffel said.

Among all sorts of hitting stats, Lowe, Vann, Moore and Johnson, the 3-6 hitters in NR’s order, had two hits each.

The Lady Warriors (5-4, 4-4) came within one more hit of a go-ahead run in three of their last four innings.

Hickory took the lead with single runs in the second and third. After one NR base runner through three innings, the Lady Warriors rallied in the fourth.

Shelbi Holloman’s double, a bloop falling just fair in shallow left field with Holloman’s speed getting her safely into second, started the inning.

Kayla Coburn followed with a single and Hope Mounie’s sacrifice fly to deep right scored Holloman. Jessie Rogers shot a single into right, scoring Coburn.

NR’s fourth ended with runners on second and third and Loren Daubenspeck lining out straight to Hickory’s right fielder.

Holloman tripled with two outs in NR’s fifth but was left there. Down a run going to the last of the seventh, the Lady Warriors got a one-out double by Daubenspeck and a two-out walk by Sydney Glover, bringing up Holloman, NR‘s hottest hitter on the day.

After falling behind 0-2 in the count and fouling off a couple pitches, Holloman grounded out to short.

Glover pitched a complete game and struck out six.

Both Warrior teams host their Lakeland rivals Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.