Saints feel good heading into tournament

Published 10:25 pm Thursday, May 2, 2019


The Nansemond-Suffolk Academy baseball team feels good about where they are heading into the postseason.

The Saints wrapped up the regular season Tuesday after a loss to Steward School. They finished with a 10-6-1 record. The last couple of weeks have featured solid play for the Saints, even though they didn’t quite end the season like they had hoped. They dropped their last two games to some quality opponents, but despite that, Coach Joey Seal feels good about where the team is currently.

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“We’ve had a pretty good regular season,” Seal said. “We have had contributions from everybody at one point or another. It’s always good seeing guys stepping up and making the most of their opportunities. I feel like we are physically prepared to go into the conference tournament and see what we do from there. Our guys are hungry.”

Seal has talked with his team about how the season is broken down into three phases — the regular season, the conference tournament and the state tournament. The Saints feel like they have prepared for this portion of the season all year long. Seal said that if the team felt like they had another gear to reach just to get ready for the postseason that they haven’t been in already, then they have different problems. Instead, Seal wants to team to focus on the six losses and take from those to get mentally prepared for the postseason.

“I feel like the guys are ready,” Seal said. “It’s not about a mentality of, ‘Hey we need to step up now.’ It’s more about taking those losses and the games we won and string together the wins we need to be champions.”

Since Seal has been the coach for NSA, the Saints are 21-1 in games where they score at least five runs. So, the key for the Saints this postseason is scoring as many runs as they can. The Saints do believe they can improve on the little things they felt cost them in their losses.

Last week, the Saints defeated Greenbrier Christian Academy, which at the time was ranked No. 1 in the weekly state poll. Those types of wins show what NSA is capable of, and they feel if they are focused, good things can come from this postseason run.

The conference tournament starts next Tuesday.