Opening week for Raiders baseball and soccer

Published 5:17 pm Tuesday, March 7, 2023

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Pungo Christian Academy’s girls Soccer and baseball teams opened their season last week.

Thursday the baseball team traveled to Arendell Parrott while the soccer team made the short trip to John Paul II. In the baseball game, the Patriots jumped out to a 7 – 0 lead after five innings thanks to some Raider errors in the field. PCA was able to score three runs in the final innings, but went home with an 8 – 3 loss. Jackson Walker and Jay Askew had the Raiders only two hits.

In the soccer game, the Saints overpowered the Raiders in the first half for a 5 – 0 advantage. PCA was able to make some halftime adjustments to limit the JP2 attack to one goal, but the Raiders couldn’t add any goals of their own to fall 6 – 0 in their season opener. Katie Baxter and Julia Rouse each had a shot on goal while keeper Autumn Gibbs saved 12 out of 18 shots on the Raider net.

On Friday the baseball team hosted Arendell Parrott to finish up their home/home series. Once again, the Patriot bats started and stayed hot, putting up nine runs through six innings. The game eventually had to be called due to darkness in the bottom of the 6th, with Parrott ahead 9 – 1. Wells Eagles led the Raider bats with two hits. Parker Byrd and Conner Sweet each added a hit and Austin Garrish knocked in the lone run for the Raiders.

On Monday the Lady Raiders soccer team traveled to Halifax Academy to take on the Vikings. 7th grader Brooklyn Bowes scored the team’s first goal of the season and her first career goal just minutes into the first half on a perfect corner kick from Katie Baxter. Baxter added to the scoring minutes later with a kick just inside the 18. Bowes scored her second goal of the day on a breakaway with a kick just outside the goalie box to extend the Raider lead to three before the half. The Raiders would struggle to find the back of the net in the second, even with multiple good looks early in the half. Baxter ended the scoring drought with her second goal of the night to round out the scoring and give the Raiders a 4 – 0 win. Autumn Gibbs had five saves on the day and recorded her first career shutout.