NSA baseball gets fifth win

Published 10:30 pm Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s baseball team is 5-3 after beating Atlantic Shores Christian School 10-6 on the road Tuesday.

NSA has won four of its last five games. After starting the season with an intense schedule, the Saints have started to gain a rhythm.

“We have been making improvements each game,” coach David Mitchell said. “I think the early schedule helped prepare our guys, and it has shown the last few games. The younger guys are starting to grow up a little bit.”

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The starting pitching has been very solid for NSA over the last few games. They are throwing strikes and limiting walks, and more importantly, are buying into what Mitchell is teaching.

The Saints have used eight pitchers so far this season, and Mitchell is satisfied with everything he has seen from them.

James Mullin got the win and Caden Anselm the save on Tuesday.

Seth Townsend, Mullin, Robby Tew and Mitchell Williams led the way with multiple-hit games. Tew hit a home run and had four RBIs. Williams had three hits.

“We challenge guys to get better at least 1 percent each day,” Mitchell said. “We want to get better every at-bat and every inning. We know we haven’t played our best game yet, but when we do we are going to be a pretty tough team.”

The plan is for the Saints to continue improving over the middle stretch of their schedule. That way, by the time NSA hits their final stretch, the Saints will be playing their best baseball.

Offensively, NSA has been getting solid production out of Mitchell Williams and Robby Tew. Seth Townsend has also been a pleasant surprise for the Saints in the last couple of games.

Defensively, catcher Jacob Smith has been doing a solid job calling the game for pitchers. Smith has also controlled the game in a way that’s beneficial for the Saints.