Tight game goes to Halifax Academy

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 11:26 PM

Kerr-Vance is still figuring out how to close out close games. The Spartans led 4-3 in the sixth inning Thursday against Halifax Academy before falling 8-5.

Halifax scored five runs in the sixth and KVA got one back in the bottom of the seventh, leaving a runner on base.

“We have to learn how to win when that thing is tight,” said KVA head coach Todd Wilkerson. “I thought we hit the ball better. Some people who hadn’t been hitting were hitting the ball better. We just couldn’t make it happen.”

KVA has one win on the season, an Eastern Plains Independent Conference victory over Cary Christian. The Spartans will face Halifax Academy again next week.

Daniel Wilkerson started Thursday for KVA and threw four innings, striking out eight. He was relieved by Dustin Smith, who struck out three and didn’t allow a run until the sixth.

Jared Hicks was 3-for-3 for KVA and Dustin Smith (2-for-3) and Damon Stevenson (2-for-4) also had multiple hits. Daniel Wilkerson, Adam Medlin and Banks Conde added hits.

“We had some hits. We scored some runs,” said Todd Wilkerson. “We just couldn’t hold them off.”

The Spartans host Faith Christian today at 5 p.m.

Contact the writer at kholtzman@hendersondispatch.com.