Warriors best LHS, KF on diamond
Published 10:02 pm Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Nansemond River High School’s baseball team improved to three games above .500 with victories on Tuesday and Monday over Lakeland High School and King’s Fork High School, respectively.
The visiting Cavaliers took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but the Warriors responded quickly and consistently, with four runs in the first, four in the second, four in the third and three in the fourth for a 15-3 mercy rule-shortened victory.
“We played the way we should have played,” Nansemond River coach Mark Stuffel said.
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Warriors senior Matthew Holt went 3-for-3 at the plate, producing three runs batted in.
NR finished with 11 hits and one error, while Lakeland had six hits and two errors.
On the mound, Warriors senior Corey Fago pitched the first three innings, throwing two strikeouts and allowing three earned runs and only one walk.
Sophomore Gage Williams pitched the fourth and fifth innings for Nansemond River.
Cavaliers coach David Devers said his team came out in the first inning, and “we hit the ball pretty well.”
Sophomore Cody Anderson led Lakeland off with a single, sophomore Dixon Mills followed it up with a nice hit of his own and then sophomore Andrew Kelley came up and knocked in Anderson.
Mills made it to third and then scored off of a wild pitch. Kelley got home on a hit by junior Chase Lewis.
The Cavs generated hits but did not come up with key hits when they needed them.
“We did all right, offensively, not quite where we want to be yet, but we’re definitely headed in the right direction,” Devers said. On defense, “we could have been a little bit better,” noting his team’s errors.
For Lakeland (0-10), now the schedule shifts to mostly teams at its own Group 3A level, including all but one of its Conference 27 foes. The Cavs had been consistently playing larger schools this season.
“We play at (I.C.) Norcom (High School) on Friday, who is also a conference opponent, so going forward, it’ll be a real telltale sign of where we’re at,” Devers said.
On Monday, Nansemond River defeated King’s Fork 8-5 after steadily building a lead throughout the game. The teams scored three runs apiece in the seventh and final inning.
“I thought our team played well, and there were some tough situations, and I thought they handled themselves pretty well,” Stuffel said.
Warriors senior catcher Reid Williams was cleated in the arm around the midpoint of the game as a Bulldogs player slid into home. Williams had to be taken to the hospital.
“He ended up with 16 stitches in his forearm,” Stuffel said, later adding that there was no tendon or muscle damage.
The coach said he hopes to have Williams back when the wound heals in a couple of weeks.
Nansemond River out-hit the Bulldogs 12-7 and had one error to King’s Fork’s two.
Holt went 4-for-4 with four RBIs, senior Nick Lees went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and senior Dion Jordan went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
The Warriors (8-5) visit Hanover High School on Saturday at 2 p.m.