Saints win sixth straight

Published 8:27 pm Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Nansemond-Suffolk Academy baseball team started the season 5-0 on the road and improved to 6-0 on the year with a 7-2 victory over visiting Christchurch School on Tuesday.

Senior Eric Huffman got the win on the mound to become the Saints’ sixth pitcher to log a victory this season.

Of his team, NSA coach David Mitchell said, “To see those guys work as hard as they have and then to come out and start this year with six straight wins, it’s good to see.”

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Last year, the Saints experienced several one-run defeats, including one against Christchurch and one against The Covenant School. Nansemond-Suffolk has avenged those losses against the Seahorses and the Eagles this year.

“It’s good to be on the winning side of things,” Mitchell said.

Defense was particularly important for the Saints on Tuesday.

“We threw four different pitchers, and all four of them did a very good job of throwing strikes and using our defense,” Mitchell said. Additionally, “we did turn two double plays, which were momentum-swinging plays.”

NSA senior Sam Neal had three hits, and senior Patrick Crossman had two.

On Thursday, the Saints (6-0) host Highland School, which they beat 2-1 in their season opener on March 9 in Warrenton.