NSA drops to 1-2

Published 9:26 pm Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s baseball team fell to 1-2 after a 7-2 loss to Highland High School last Saturday afternoon.

The Saints have lost two in a row after picking up their first win of the season against Covenant on March 4.

The Highland Saints are a solid team with a NCAA Division-I commit as a starting pitcher. He pitched six innings and struck out 11 NSA batters.

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NSA finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning. NSA baseball coach David Mitchell did feel his team did a good job pitching, however.

“It was a slow day offensively for us,” Mitchell said. “We pitched pretty well; we had four innings where we didn’t allow them to score. We had one rough inning in the third where we allowed them to score four runs. Other than that big inning, I feel like we played well defensively.”

Mitchell is not ready to hit the panic button by any means on such an early season. NSA has a tough schedule this year, and the three opponents they have played already have been ranked among the top 10 teams in the state. The Saints are getting valuable experience against the teams they are playing.

“I’ve told my guys that their swings are fine and that we will be fine as a team,” Mitchell said. “We just have to settle in and learn from this experience and gain from it and move forward. This week is a new week. Those last couple games are in the past.”

Mitchell believes his team has done some good things in three games played so far. In the first game against Covenant, his team trailed three times but showed enough resiliency to come back and win. Against Greenbrier Christian, NSA also trailed but was able to put enough pressure on them to cut down their lead and load the bases late in the game.

“One thing I’ve liked from this group so far is that when we’ve been down, we’ve been able to claw and scratch back into games,” Mitchell said. “We’ve been able to put pressure on three really good teams late in the game. I think that’s a good sign for a young team — not rolling over and giving up but fighting back in those sixth and seventh innings, giving our team a chance that’s going to help us the later we get into the season.”

NSA is set to take on Hampton Roads Academy at home at 4 p.m. Thursday.