Raiders struggle through wet week

Published 1:58 pm Tuesday, March 12, 2024

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PCA Athletics

Despite a wet and rainy week, Pungo Christian was able to get some varsity contests in last week.

Girls soccer: PCA traveled to Rocky Mount Academy to take on the Eagles. It was all RMA early as the Lady Eagles scored 6 unanswered goals in the first 30 minutes. Julia Rouse was able to net a goal off a Katie Baxter corner to make it 6 – 1 at halftime. Rocky Mount scored more four goals to make the final score 10 – 1. Autumn Gibbs saved 13 of the 23 shots on goal for the Raiders who were unable to get many looks on the offensive end. PCA traveled to Epiphany School on Tuesday and hosts Faith Christian School Thursday in the home opener.

Boys tennis: the Raiders made school history with the programs first ever tennis match at Epiphany School. Inexperience showed as it was also the first ever tennis match for all seven of the Raiders players. Several Raiders were able to keep matches close, but the Falcons sent PCA home with a 9 – 0 loss. PCA travels to Faith Christian in Rocky Mount Thursday in their lone match of the week.

Softball: The Lady Raiders softball team routed Arendell Parrott Academy, 16-0, in Kinston. Junior Anna Stoop got the start on the mound and pitched two shutout innings before being replaced by sophomore Lily Keech who also shut out the Patriots. The two combined to give up just one hit and struck out four in three innings of work. Keech was also key at the plate for PCA, going 2 – 2 with a triple and a double. Emma Hanna, Joelie Pair, Henley Gibbs, Sara Gibbs, Reese Blackmon and EllaKate Hanna all picked up hits for the Lady Raiders. Senior Melanie Rutledge hit a three-run homer in the third inning. PCA has a home/home series this week with TEACH homeschool.

Baseball: The Raiders lost, 11-7 at John Paul II Catholic in Greenville. PCA struck first with two runs in the top of the second before JP2 responded with a five runs. The Saints held an 8 – 2 advantage before the Raiders cut the lead to four with two runs in the bottom of the 6th. John Paul added 3 runs to their score in the bottom of the 6th to make it 11 – 4. Pungo rallied in the top of the seventh, to score three runs to set the final margin. Parker Byrd led the Raiders at the plate with two hits. Woolard, Carr Eagles, Rylan Bowie, McKinney Waters, Austin Garrish, Marshall Ricks and Luke Alligood all picked up hits. Woolard, Alligood and Wells Eagles picked up RBI’s. The Raiders have their home opener on Thursday against TEACH before hitting the road on Friday to face Crossroads Christian.