Sports briefs

Published 9:57 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Bulldogs lose early leads

The King’s Fork High School baseball team took early leads in games on Monday and Tuesday, but was unable to come away with wins. Visiting Grassfield High School on Tuesday, the Bulldogs lost 2-1, but they challenged the Grizzlies from beginning to end.

King’s Fork senior Noah Johnson helped his team strike first when he singled, stole two bases, then scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Cal Bailey.

The Bulldogs threatened in the seventh, but could not convert.

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Johnson finished with three stolen bases, and senior Marcus Welch hit a double and pitched a complete game, giving up only three hits.

Hosting Deep Creek High School on Monday, the Bulldogs took an early 2-0 lead, but fell behind in the fourth. Johnson tripled in the seventh and was scored by Bailey. The game ended on a pop fly with the bases loaded.

Junior Connor McNamara went 2-for-4 with an RBI, senior Cody Holland went 2-for-4 and Johnson scored twice. Bailey pitched the complete game with eight strikeouts and two walks.

King’s Fork (2-9, 1-9) hosts Western Branch High School on Friday.


Cavaliers’ Baseball falls to 0-10

Lakeland High School’s baseball team has endured a difficult season that was made more so after last Wednesday’s eight-run loss to King’s Fork High School at Harbor Park.

The Cavaliers were unable to get their first win of the season when they took the home field on Monday against Oscar Smith High School, but they were competitive, falling narrowly by the score of 2-0.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Blake Harris helped keep the game close for the Cavaliers, throwing eight strikeouts and allowing only one walk. He gave up five hits while throwing a complete game that included 89 pitches.

The Cavaliers had two hits, singles from senior Colby Bennett and junior Ryan Stalnaker.

Lakeland (0-10, 0-10) hosted Western Branch High School last night in a game that was postponed from Friday.


NSA defeats conference foe

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s baseball team answered Saturday’s 7-2 home defeat against St. Christopher’s School with Tuesday’s 10-3 home victory over Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School.

Junior pitcher Jake Grady recorded his second win of the season and also led on offense with three hits. Fellow juniors Will Breedlove and Will Deluca had two hits apiece.

Nansemond-Suffolk (5-5, 2-2) visited Cape Henry Collegiate School on Wednesday.


KFHS win streak grows to seven

The King’s Fork High School softball team followed up a hard-fought win over Deep Creek High School on Monday with a rematch against Grassfield High School on Tuesday.

In the season opener, the Lady Bulldogs endured a 1-0 home loss to the Lady Grizzlies, but this time they traveled to Grassfield and claimed a vindicating 4-1 victory.

“That just proved to us that we should have taken the first one,” KF head coach Richard Froemel said. “We felt justified.”

Lady Bulldogs sophomore pitcher Sydney Wash threw 11 strikeouts, while junior Ashley Roten went 3-for-3 at bat with two runs scored. Freshman Kay’Lee Justice went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

On Monday, King’s Fork defeated visiting Deep Creek 3-2, but Froemel gave credit to the Lady Hornets’ pitcher for keeping his heavy hitters off balance. Nevertheless, he also made note of Wash, who had 14 strikeouts.

Deep Creek took the early lead 1-0. King’s Fork tied it, fell behind again, and then scored twice in the sixth for the win.

Roten, the Lady Bulldogs’ lead-off batter, went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Froemel described sophomore Shaina Holland, at the tail end of the lineup, as “another lefty with good speed” after she went 1-for-2.

King’s Fork (8-4, 6-4) will host Western Branch High School on Friday.


LHS softball trounces Lady Tigers

Lakeland High School grabbed its second win over Oscar Smith High School’s softball team this season via a 10-2 home victory on Tuesday.

Junior Sarah Bowyer of the Lady Cavaliers led the way offensively, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Freshman Stasha Waterfield contributed a 2-for-4 game with an RBI, and fellow freshman Taylor Roten was the winning pitcher.

The Lady Cavaliers (2-13, 2-11) travel to Great Bridge High School on Friday.


Lady Warriors blow out Indian River

The Nansemond River High School Lady Warriors visited the Indian River High School softball team on Tuesday evening and emerged with a 10-1 win.

Freshman pitcher Lauren Maddrey gave up five hits and threw six strikeouts to improve to 9-2 on the season.

Freshman Calah Savage came off the bench for Nansemond River and hit a two-run single, going 2-for-2 for the night.

The Lady Warriors (10-2, 8-2) will host Hickory High School on Friday.


NSA’s Coyne throws no-hitter

The young Nansemond-Suffolk Academy softball team added momentum to last week’s signs of improvement by dealing a lopsided 10-0 loss to visiting conference opponent Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School on Tuesday.

Senior pitcher Devin Coyne threw a no-hitter. Meanwhile, the Lady Saints racked up 16 hits of their own. Sophomore Madi Glynn had two doubles and a triple.

Cape Henry Collegiate School visits NSA (5-3, 2-1) on Friday.


NSA golfers lose close match

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s golf team lost a close match on Wednesday against Cape Henry.

The Saints fell by a score of 153-157.

Cape Henry’s Chris Lewis was the medalist, shooting a 37 on the par-36 Sleepy Hole Golf Course.