Warriors finish Hornets this time

Published 11:32 pm Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Nansemond River senior Dylan Roach drove in a run and scored a run as part of a 7-0 Warrior win over visiting Deep Creek Monday evening. Roach was one of four seniors playing on Nansemond River’s senior night.

The last time Nansemond River faced Deep Creek on a baseball diamond, a 6-0 Warrior lead wasn’t safe against the Hornets.

On Monday during Nansemond River’s senior night, the Warriors held a slimmer lead most of the way until a couple rallies in the late innings gave River a 7-0 victory. The win keeps the Warriors sitting in third place in the Southeastern District with one game to play, Wednesday at Lakeland.

Nansemond River first baseman Will Hunter catches a pop-up in foul territory during NR’s senior day win over Deep Creek Monday evening. It was the last regular season home game for Hunter and fellow seniors Hayden Champigny, Dylan Roach and Josh Howard.

Zach Rice, Trevor Riggs and Dylan Roach combined on the mound to blank the Hornets. Rice started and went 4.0 innings, holding the Hornets down until his side’s bats got going.

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The Warriors got on the board in the first when Brandon Lowe singled with two outs, moved around to third on two wild pitches and scored when Kyle Moore’s grounder to short resulted in a Hornet error.

Travis Johnson led off NR’s second inning with a double into the right-centerfield gap. Johnson moved up a bag on a wild pitch and scored a couple batters later when Roach, one of four Warrior seniors playing their last regular season home game, hit a sacrifice fly to center.

As it turned out, two runs would’ve been enough offense. When Rice walked the bases loaded with one out in the DC fourth, though, the game could’ve gone either way. Instead, Rice came back with back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.

Riggs, a freshman call-up from junior varsity, worked a solid fifth inning, keeping the 2-0 lead safe. The Warrior offense provided help in the home half of the fifth.

Clutch two-out hits, singles by Johnson and Ryan O’Hara, plated a run each for a 4-0 Warrior lead.

In the sixth, Tyler Brown doubled into left-centerfield to score Roach, who reached via an error, followed by senior Josh Howard lining a one-hopper off the fence just inside the leftfield line for an RBI double. Senior Hayden Champigny brought in Howard with a sacrifice fly for the 7-0 margin.

Roach pitched the last three outs, working around three Hornet singles to finish the shutout. The three NR pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts.

Howard was 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs. Johnson was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

Nansemond River (14-6, 12-5) is safely into the six-team district tournament, which is set to start Monday with a first-round doubleheader at Nansemond River.