Warriors hope for a strong season

Published 9:32 pm Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Nansemond River High School’s baseball team is looking forward to a quality season.

The Warriors are now in their second season following from their state title in 2016. Last year’s campaign didn’t go exactly how they wanted it to, but the Warriors had lost a lot of talent the previous season. Coach Mark Stuffel believes this season, the Warriors have a chance to be competitive once again.

“I think we have a competitive group, and we have goals of hopefully making the playoffs,” Stuffel said. “But at the end of the day, I just want them to be competitive every game that we play.”

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Stuffel believes his team can score a lot of runs this season but also believes his team remains a mystery. Normally, he goes into the season having a pretty good feel about what he has, but admits this year it will be exciting to see what he has.

Longwood University signee Gage Williams returns to the mound for Nansemond River and will be depended on heavily this year. Williams will have to throw well every game if Nansemond River wants a chance to compete at a high level.

Jayden Tysinger, Matt Culbert and Dezmen Howard will be among a solid group of contributors for Nansemond River. In recent years, the Warriors have had a superior pitching core, which has developed focus on their pitching and defense. This season, however, they will look to focus more on scoring runs.

Nansemond River will host Deep Creek High School at 7 p.m. Thursday and will host Grassfield High School at 5:30 p.m. Friday.