Warriors usurp Chiefs for win on diamond

Published 10:28 pm Friday, April 10, 2015

The offensive renaissance continued for Nansemond River High School’s baseball team on Friday as it defeated host Kempsville High School by the score of 7-4.

“We played well,” Warriors coach Mark Stuffel said. “It was a game where we were able to get a lot of the guys in the game who haven’t had a whole lot of playing time.”

While Nansemond River returned many key players from last year’s successful team, it started the season in a hitting drought.

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But the drought has been over for a few games now, and on Friday, the Warriors put up a season-high number of runs.

Fueling the successful effort was senior Robert Fitzwater and junior Matt Holt, who each hit two-run home runs. Fitzwater’s blast, his first of the year, came in the first inning, and Holt’s homer, his second of the season, came in the fourth.

The Chiefs kept things interesting by producing a couple two-run home runs of their own, one in the third inning and the other in the fifth, but they never led during the game.

Adding to the bevy of hits that the Warriors had was senior Kieton Rivers, who Stuffel said produced at least three.

Fitzwater (2-1) pitched for the first three innings and got the win. Junior Andrew Halmrast pitched the fourth and fifth innings, and Holt pitched final two.

Nansemond River (5-3) hosts Jamestown High School this evening at 5 p.m., and junior Michael Blanchard (3-1) will be starting on the mound against the Eagles, which Stuffel said has lost only one game.

“I expect it to be a pretty good game,” he said.