Evans tosses complete game, tallies three hits in Spartan win
Kerr-Vance evened its Eastern Plains Independent Conference record to 7-7 with Thursday’s 8-1 win over Cary Christian.
The Senior Night victory pushed the Spartans’ overall mark to 8-7 as KVA awaits its state tournament fate. The Spartans finished fourth in league play.
Senior Wyatt Evans tossed a complete game Thursday, allowing three hits while striking out nine.
“I thought we looked good today,” said KVA head coach Todd Wilkerson. “We’ve had good games like that all year.”
Evans was 3-for-4 at the plate for the Spartans, as was Daniel Wilkerson, who had two RBI.
Evans is joined in the senior class by Tyson Carrier and Jacob Bowen.
“He’s meant a lot to the Kerr-Vance program, gives a 110 percent on the field all the time,” Todd Wilkerson said of Evans. “Tyson has been a pretty decent pitcher this year for us. He’s done a good job for us. And Jacob has been really good on defense for us. So they’ve all contributed in one way or another in the wins we have.”
KVA scored at least one run in each inning except the fifth.
Cary Christian got a run back in the fourth to make it 5-1, but the Spartans answered in the bottom of the frame when catcher Lane Humphries belted a two-run double to right field, scoring Carrier and Daniel Wilkerson.
Daniel Wilkerson accounted for the final run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly to score Evans, who finished with three doubles.
Rocky Mount Academy won the league followed by Faith Christian and Parrott Academy. KVA should learn Sunday whether it will be part of the 2-A state tourney field.
Regardless, Todd Wilkerson has been pleased with the improvement his young squad has shown, including the freshman trio of Humphries, Daniel Wilkerson and Dustin Smith.
“I’ve been real pleased,” he said. “Lane’s done a good job behind the plate. Wyatt always does a good job. And then Daniel has done a good job pitching. He’s seen a whole lot of mound time. Dustin Smith has seen a lot of mound time.”
CARY CHRISTIAN — Brandon Padgett (1-for-3), Brian Mitchell (1-for-3), Pippen Payne (1-for-2)
KERR-VANCE — Wyatt Evans (3-for-4, RBI), Daniel Wilkerson (3-for-4, 2 RBI), Lane Humphries (2-for-4), Pierce Tooley (1-for-3)
Evans headed to Wake Tech
Wyatt Evans celebrated Senior Night in style Thursday with a complete-game win and three hits at the plate. Evans will continue his playing career at Wake Tech next season.
Evans inked with Wake Tech in the fall. The senior made the Eagle connection through his Carolina Ravens travel team coach.
“I just wanted to go to JUCO to start off with so I could get some playing time and just get more experience and hopefully transfer DI or a bigger school,” said Evans.
Wake Tech currently plays its home games at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary but is in the process of building a stadium that should be ready for Evans’ sophomore season.
Evans expects to play either second base or shortstop on the next level.
“He’ll do good,” said Todd Wilkerson. “He works hard. He’ll work hard in the offseason. He ought to be successful over there. I think it’ll be good for him.”
Evans began playing varsity baseball for the Spartans as an eighth-grader and was a member of three teams that made state championship appearances including the 2010 team that won the 2-A crown.
Three members of that squad, Tyler Bolton, John Allen and Cameron Capell, are playing college baseball. Evans said he hopes he can serve as a role model for the current Spartans like the old guard did for him.
“When I was an eighth and ninth-grader, I looked up to those guys,” said Evans. “Hopefully these guys are looking up to me now.”
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