Spartan baseball closes week on high note
Kerr-Vance rebounded from two road losses earlier in the week by defeating Halifax Academy, 8-6, at home Friday.
Freshman Dustin Smith got the win for the Spartans, tossing six innings with six strikeouts, allowing one run.
Daniel Wilkerson, also a freshman, struck out two Vikings to end the game. Wilkerson was also 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs batted in.
Lane Humphries had a 3-run home run in the first inning and Wyatt Evans, Damon Stevenson and Pierce Tooley also added hits.
Spartan coach Todd Wilkerson said he was pleased with how his team came out ready to play and how they played together defensively.
KVA lacrosse downed by Davidson Day
The Kerr-Vance varsity lacrosse team suffered a 17-7 defeat at the hands of Davidson Day Friday evening.
“We just had a poor effort,” said Spartan Coach Scott Burnette. “We played well in the third quarter but just didn’t execute most of the game.”
The loss came on Senior Night for the Spartans with eight seniors on the roster, including Troy Bickel, Darren Doyle, Hayes Griggs, Franklin Irvin, Josh Monahan, Luke Pegram, Derrius Perry, and Dallas Smith.
Bickel scored an unassisted goal early in the first quarter to knot the score at one, but Davidson Day went on a bit of a run scoring three straight goals. Luke Pegram answered off of an assist from Bickel with about two minutes left in the quarter, but Davidson Day stormed back with two more goals to make the score 6-2 at the end of the first.
The second quarter started with a seven-minute stretch without a score before Franklin Irvin got on the board off of an assist from Dallas Smith. Once again, Davidson Day answered with a barrage of goals to take a 9-3 halftime lead.
The Spartans showed life in the third with Luke Pegram adding three more goals in the period for the Spartans. Pegram scored one unassisted goal, one off of an assist from Irvin and one off of an assist from Hayes Griggs. Yet, Davidson Day held on to a six goal lead at 12-6 after three.
Bickel added one last unassisted gaol for the Spartans early in the fourth before a final run gave the visitors a 17-7 victory in what became a very physical quarter.
Coach Burnette credited the play of John Robert Carr, particularly on face-offs.
“Had he not won as many face-offs as he did, we would have gotten beaten a lot worse,” Burnette said.
Spartans can’t find net against Rocky Mount Academy
The Kerr-Vance varsity soccer team allowed one goal in the first half and two more in the second in Friday’s 3-0 loss at Rocky Mount Academy.
The Spartans have two games left on the schedule, beginning Tuesday at St. David’s.
KVA coach Amy Johnson said goalkeeper Jessica Darnell came up with quite a few saves Friday behind good defensive performances from Cassidy Tucker, Price Wester, Rachel Ross, and Rebecca Ross.