The hits keep coming

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, April 7, 2016

The story of Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s road win against the Norfolk Collegiate School softball team on Wednesday was simple.

“Hits, hits and more hits,” NSA coach Brittany Wilkins said.

The Lady Saints generated 33 hits on their way to a 25-0 mercy rule-shortened conference victory over the Mighty Oaks.

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“We played well,” Wilkins said. “Emerson Puzey was on the mound again. She gave up two hits,” and everything else was either a strikeout, a ground out or a fly out. “The girls did well defensively and took care of the ball.”

Puzey, a sophomore, ended up with 10 strikeouts and improved to 2-0 in the circle this season.

Offensively, Lady Saints senior Brooklyne Carr led the way, going 5-for-5, with two singles, two doubles, a solo home run and four runs batted in.

Carr is shining this year on her way to playing at the next level in 2017. She has committed to play for Randolph-Macon College, enabling her to let go of the stress of recruiting concerns.

“She’s finally able to relax at the plate and just do what she does best, just do what she loves,” Wilkins said.

Nansemond-Suffolk senior Katie Peelen also went 5-for-5 on Wednesday, with two singles, two doubles and one triple.

Ordinarily, Peelen would also be sharing pitching duties with Puzey, but she has been sidelined by illness as of late.

“She was sick Monday, Tuesday, came back yesterday, so we just let Emerson carry the load this week,” Wilkins said on Thursday.

Also starring for the Lady Saints against Norfolk Collegiate was sophomore Madi Currin, who transferred to NSA from Hickory High School.

“Madi Currin hit her first home run of the season,” Wilkins said.

The game lasted only five innings, but Nansemond-Suffolk efficiently scored all of its runs in the first four. It produced five runs in the first inning, four in the second, six in the third and 10 in the fourth.

The Lady Saints have put on an offensive showcase in their last two games, registering 14 hits and 21 runs in their shutout of visiting Hampton Roads Academy on Tuesday.

Both of NSA’s blowout wins this week have been conference games.

The Lady Saints (5-3, 2-0) will visit Richmond on Friday for a rematch with The Collegiate School. In the teams’ first meeting this season, the Lady Cougars prevailed 6-5.

“I feel like hitting was kind of the missing piece when we played them the last time,” Wilkins said, adding that it has been a big focus in practice since then. “The last couple games we’ve certainly piled on the hits. It should be a huge confidence booster going into the weekend.”