Prep roundup: Warriors shut out Raiders to end season
J.F. Webb ended its baseball season with a 10-0, five-inning Senior Night win over Southern Vance Friday night.
Matt Hobgood went the distance for Webb, allowing three hits and striking out five.
Somewhere along the way, Hobgood became the ace for the Warriors, something head coach Mike Carroll didn’t necessarily expect.
“He did stuff this year to get better,” said Carroll. “His work ethic improved.”
Webb tallied nine hits on the evening. David Watson was 2-for-4 with a triple, Chad Frazier was 2-for-4 with two doubles and Bryan Smith was 2-for-3. Hobgood, Sammy Sizemore and Josh Justice each added a hit.
“The team I saw tonight is the one I expected to see every game this year,” said Carroll. “Not just because it was 10-0. It was a different team on the field tonight.”
Webb finished 6-14 on the season. Neither the Warriors or the Raiders made the state playoffs.
“You look back at the games and I feel like we’re a better team than our record shows,” said Carroll. “The talent was there, the physical ability was there. We weren’t there mentally. And the games we were, we played well in.”
Hobgood, Frazier, Smith, Justice, Sizemore, Andrew Watson, David Watson, and Lane Dickerson were honored for Senior Night.
“It was a real good way to end the season,” said Carroll. “It was kind of a roller coaster, but this was a good way to finish up.”
Spartans play strong against top-five team
The Kerr-Vance varsity lacrosse team ventured to Forsyth Country Day, a top-five team in the state, and played one of its best matches of the season despite a 12-4 loss.
“I am extremely proud of my team for responding after the adversity they faced over the past two weeks,” Spartan coach Scott Burnette said. “They picked themselves up and play what may have been their best game of the season against a very talented team.”
The Spartans kept the game even for the first quarter of action for a 2-2 draw. Hunter Layton and Darren Doyle both scored goals late in the quarter to knot the game. Troy Bickel assisted on both goals.
“We had one four minute lapse in this game,” Burnette said about the opening of the second quarter.
Forsyth came out on fire, scoring four goals in under three minutes of action to start the quarter. Kerr-Vance regained their footing, fighting to control the ball late in the quarter but ended the half down 8-2.
The Spartans played the third quarter much like the first in what was becoming a very physical match.
Franklin Irvin scored off of an assist from Luke Pegram midway through the quarter, and Hayes Griggs added a goal off of an assist from Darren Doyle just a few minutes later.
Forsyth Country Day would score twice more in the fourth in a hard-fought second half for the 12-4 victory.
Burnette credited the play of John Robert Carr, calling him a beast on faceoffs, and also praised goalie Jordan Smith.
“Everyone in the stadium will tell you how big Jordan came up,” Burnette said. “Their coach and the referees all commented on his play.”
“A lot of good things came from this game,” Burnette added. “We played with heart.”
The Spartans end their season at home against Weslyan Christian Monday night.