Warrior pitcher helps team to top

Published 8:47 pm Thursday, July 21, 2011

Nansemond River pitcher Zach Rice and his Tidewater Drillers club competed in the 16-and-under Wood Bat World Championships in Marietta, Ga. Saturday-Thursday, finishing as one of the top 32 teams out of the field of 204 select squads.

Nansemond River’s Zach Rice, here as a Warrior this past spring, got a complete-game victory for the Tidewater Drillers, winning a 4-2 game, at the 16-and-under Wood Bat World Championships in Marietta, Ga. The Drillers went 5-2 in the tournament.

The Drillers went 4-1 in pool play from Saturday-Wednesday. Rice, a tall southpaw hurler and a rising junior with the Warriors, fired a seven-inning complete game in Tidewater’s 4-2 win over NBS 15s on Monday. Rice allowed five hits and two walks while striking out seven.

The other pool results for the Drillers were a 3-2 win against Team Elite 16U White, a 9-8 loss to Mac-N-Seitz Indians, an 8-0 win over the Miami Firebirds and a 9-2 win over the Dallas Panthers.

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The Drillers were one of the top 48 teams to move onto the championship bracket. On Thursday, the Drillers, seeded No. 45, beat No. 20 Yak Baseball Orange 14-0, before losing 4-2 to No. 12 Dulin Dodgers.