Henderson bright spot in down year

Published 3:49 pm Saturday, June 24, 2017

Nansemond River High School’s baseball team didn’t quite live up to expectations this year, but there were bright spots on the team.

Just a year ago, the Nansemond River baseball team had been coming off of a 5A state title, the first in school history. That team graduated a lot of talent who went on to have an impact in college baseball.

But the Warriors’ 9-11 season wasn’t quite the one many expected. But there were some bright spots.

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One of them was pitcher and outfielder Jarret Henderson. The recent Nansemond River graduate had two goals he wanted to accomplish this year. The first to become and first-team All-Conference player and the second was to continue his baseball career in college.

He achieved the first goal. Henderson was a first-team All PenSouth player and was the only representative from Nansemond River on either team.

“I didn’t really think too much about how I was playing,” Henderson said of his All-Conference season. “I was just focusing on playing. At times, it was frustrating this season, but I had fun playing with those boys.”

One important lesson Henderson learned from this season was to have fun, even when things aren’t going great. As Henderson put it, “It’s just baseball at the end of the day.”

Right now, the recent graduate is weighing his options about where he will play in the future. Norfolk State University and Virginia Wesleyan are high on his list at the moment. He expects to make a decision in the near future.