By Whitney Metz —
The Nandua Warriors baseball team traveled to Lancaster, Va., to compete against Mathews and Middlesex High School on April 2.
The Warriors took on Mathews in the first matchup of the day. Ripken Robbins started on the mound for Nandua. Robbins recorded five strikeouts giving up two hits and three walks in the win in six innings of work. Chayce Wayman came in to pitch in the bottom of the seventh to close out the game.
On the offensive side of the ball Nandua was off to a slow start, but the bats picked up in the third inning, as the team took the lead 4-0. The Warriors were able to hold the lead through the remainder of the game, adding one run in the sixth and two in the seventh. Martin Savage and Isaac Stodghill led Nandua both going 2-for-4 at the plate with a combined three RBIs. Robbins followed with two RBIs and a double. The Warriors recorded a total of eight hits in the game with Tyler Greene, Ben Stodghill, and Aiden McIntyre each adding one. Nandua defeated Mathews with a final score of 7-2.
In the second game of the day Nandua faced a tough Middlesex team. Both teams were strong on the hill but Middlesex was just a bit stronger. Aiden McIntyre started on the mound for the Warriors giving the team 5.2 innings of work. McIntyre recorded five strikeouts, only allowing five hits and one run in the bottom of the sixth. Brandon Adamos came in for relief to record the last out in the sixth after battling behind the plate most of the game.
Nandua had a chance in the top of the seventh to tie up the score but were unable to scratch one across. The Warriors and Middlesex were scoreless through the fifth but the one run in the sixth was enough to give Middlesex the win.
Ben Stodghill led Nandua on offense going two-for-three at the plate. Brandon Adamos, Jacob Meilhammer, and McIntyre each recorded a hit in the loss as well. The Warriors defense did not commit a single error while a number of outstanding plays were made in the field. Nandua will take a lengthy break as it will not compete again until April 21 against Arcadia.