PCA update: teams victorious after Easter break

Published 4:57 pm Tuesday, April 25, 2023

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After a week off for Easter break, the Pungo Christian Academy teams returned to spring action.

The golf team finished third in their final regular season match at Beechwood Country Club in Ahoskie. Sam Warren led Pungo with an 84, shooting a 41 on the front nine and a 43 on the back. Davis Lee shot a 44/44 for an 88. Cooper Evans (94) and Jay Askew (115) also competed. The Raiders head to Valley Pine Country Club in Lasker for the TIC championship match.

The Lady Raiders soccer team showed no signs of rust as they defeated Lawrence Academy 9 – 0. Katie Baxter scored two unassisted goals to lead the Raiders. Brooklyn Bowes, Julia Rouse, Destiney Midgette, Lexy Tate and Reagan Walker scored first half goals while Ava Hayes Cox and Katie Bowes scored their first career goals in the second half. Autumn Gibbs recorded her fourth shutout in goal.

Thursday, softball and baseball hosted Lawrence while soccer traveled to Oakwood School.

The baseball Raiders struggled early and trailed 15 – 3 entering the bottom of the fifth. The Raider bats came alive with the game on the line, scoring six runs in the inning make it 15 – 9 with two innings to play. Neither team scored in the sixth and the game was called because of darkness. Bo Spencer and Austin Garrish each had two hits, with Garrish hitting a triple. Conner Sweet, Evan Woolard and Wells Eagles added hits, with Woolard hitting an RBI double. The Raiders went through five pitchers in six innings with Spencer taking the loss and Garrish having the most productive outing of his career, giving up four hits and three earned runs with six strikeouts in 2.2 innings.

In softball, the Raiders were up 3 – 0 before Lawrence scored eight unanswered runs, four in the top of the 7th to send the Raiders home with their first conference defeat of the year 8 – 4 and ending PCA’s 11 game win streak. Abbey Cutler, Melanie Rutledge and Reagan Stoop each had two hits in the game with Stoop driving in a run. Emma Hanna added an RBI double and Ginny Pugh added a hit in the loss. Stoop went the distance on the mound, allowing nine hits, three earned runs with seven strikeouts.

In soccer, Oakwood struck first with a goal less than five minutes in, ending the Raiders three game shutout streak. Katie Baxter scored to tie the game at 1 – 1. Neither team could find the back of the net in the second half despite multiple good looks. It was a similar result in overtime as both defenses bottled up the oppositions attack to send the game to penalty kicks. The Raiders went up 2 – 1 as Baxter and Julia Rouse found the back of the net while Gibbs stopped Oakwood’s second kick. Oakwood would score on their next two shots and Reagan Walker and Ava Hayes Cox were unable to convert, so Oakwood took home a 4-2 win. Gibbs finished with 10 saves.

Friday, PCA hosted Terra Ceia Christian School in the first ever girls soccer game between the two schools. Pungo scored three first half goals as Destiney Midgette, Julia Rouse and Brooklyn Bowes found the back of the net. PCA put things out of reach in the second thanks to two goals from Katie Baxter and another goal from Rouse. Terra Ceia answered with a goal, but the Raiders took home a 6 – 1 win to clinched their second consecutive TIC regular season title. Rouse and Baxter each had two assists in the game and Gibbs had four saves.

Monday, the baseball team hosted Ridgecroft School on Senior Day. The Raiders snapped their two game losing skid with a 10 – 1 victory. Lone senior Conner Sweet ended his Raider home career with a hit and two runs scored. Parker Byrd had two hits while Jay Askew, Austin Garrish, Wells Eagles and Jackson Walker also had hits. On the mound, Evan Woolard gave up one hit and no earned runs with five strikeouts for the pitching win. Bo Spencer struck out three in his 1.1 innings of work and Sweet closed out his career on the mound, giving up no runs and striking out three in the final two innings.

Baseball travels to Ridgecroft and soccer plays at Terra Ceia Thursday.