Saints swing away for 21 runs

Published 11:51 pm Thursday, April 21, 2011

Jacob Laine makes a toss from his second base position over to first during Nansemond-Suffolk’s 21-3 win over Tidewater Conference opponent Norfolk Christian Thursday afternoon. The Saints (8-11, 2-3) had a 3-0 week.

Nansemond-Suffolk’s baseball team scored 21 unanswered runs for, at least technically, a comeback win, a 21-3 win, over Norfolk Christian Thursday afternoon at NSA.

The Ambassadors led the Tidewater Conference game going to the home half of the second. Norfolk Christian plated one run without a hit in the top of the first, getting a hit batter, a two-base throwing error on a pickoff try and a sacrifice groundout.

Nansemond-Suffolk’s Will Breedlove pitches the final inning of NSA’s 21-3 win over Norfolk Christian on Thursday. The Saints (8-11, 2-3) got the conference win to finish a 3-0 week.

A two-run homer suddenly made it a 3-0 Ambassador lead in the next inning.

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Falling behind by three seemingly was enough to get the Saints going. The Saints showed a good amount of power at the plate to answer.

The slugging started at the bottom of NSA’s order. With the bases loaded and one out, ninth-place hitter Ryan May belted a bases-clearing triple to deep leftfield. May scored a couple pitches later on a wild pitch to give the Saints a 4-3 lead.

Leadoff man Jacob Laine sliced a liner down the leftfield line for a double. Anthony Waldner pulled a liner just fair, right on the line, down the leftfield line and all the way to the corner for an RBI triple.

Jake Grady went one better. The lefty blasted a two-run homer over the rightfield fence, over the 345-foot sign in the gap, for seven runs in eight Saint batters. The homer is Grady’s second of the season. Waldner’s triple gives him five for the season.

Taylor Edens singled and wound up scoring the eighth run of the inning. The Saints sent 13 hitters up in the second and made it 11 runs and 17 hitters in the third inning.

May and Grady scored two runs each in the third. Harrison Spalding knocked an RBI single his first time up in the third and an RBI double next time up for a 19-3 lead.

Edens (2-3) pitched the first four innings and got the win. He allowed three hits and struck out six. Edens retired nine of 11 batters after giving up the homer. Will Breedlove pitched the last inning and struck out two.

At the plate, Grady was 3-for-4 with four RBI. Breedlove was 3-for-4 with two runs. May scored four runs and added one more RBI for four in all.

The easy win gives the Saints (8-11, 2-3) a 3-0 week and their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Four more TCIS games make up the rest of NSA’s regular season. NSA travels to Hampton Roads Academy Wednesday afternoon.