PE Softball Highlights Eagles' Week
Published 4:31 pm Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Note: The following is a comprehensive, weekly update produced by Prince Edward County High School Athletics Department for the Farmville Herald.
The Prince Edward County High School spring sports teams finished its pre-Spring Break schedule with several big victories, including a 3-0 week by the varsity softball team for the week of April 2-6.
Girls Varsity Softball
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The Varsity Eagles overcame adversity and injury to defeat Buckingham 7-5 on Monday. Starting catcher Lindsey Lesuer injured and starting shortstop Sarena Eames got sick in the first inning and did not play. Libby Reed had a two-RBI single in the first inning, and Stephanie Luperon singled to score another run for the Eagles. Casey Meadows pitched 6 2/3rd innings and struck out six Knights. The Eagles took a 7-1 lead into the 7th inning but Buckingham rallied for four runs to make things interesting at the end, before the Lady Eagles escaped with the two-run victory.
Following Tuesday's 14-4 home victory over Brunswick, the Lady Eagles (6-4, 2-1 SSD) traveled to Emporia, and posted a 13-2 victory.
Ashlee Todt, Sarina Eames and Casey Meadows each had two hits. Meadows had a bases clearing triple and Eames added a double and triple in the PECHS victory. Meadows also picked up the win on the mound.
The Prince Edward Eagles hosted Buckingham on Monday afternoon in what turned out to be an 11-0 loss. Vance Lee started on the mound for Prince Edward and did a good job throwing strikes, but the PECHS defense didn't do him any favors as Prince Edward again struggled to play error free baseball. The bats were nearly silent as well. Prince Edward put men on base but could not capitalize in the shutout loss.
Following Tuesday's 10-6 home loss to Brunswick, Prince Edward traveled to Emporia to take on the “other Eagles” Thursday night. Chay Fitts started on the mound and had 10 strikeouts in six innings of work. Prince Edward (2-6-1, 0-3) continued to struggle defensively as Greensville scored several unearned runs. The Prince Edward bats were again quiet, and only tallied two hits on the evening in the 9-0 loss.
Junior Varsity Baseball
After defeating Buckingham on the road on Monday afternoon, the JV baseball team picked up its second win in two nights with a 15-5 slaughter rule victory over Brunswick. Hunter Tyler pitched a complete game, and held Brunswick to five runs. The Eagles continued having a high powered offense with hits from Damien Mickey, Tyler Morris, Hunter Tyler, Michael Hogan, Denylo Branch, Matthew First, and Dushawn Williams. The final score was a 15-5 slaughter rule.
Prince Edward (7-2) picked up its third win on Thursday afternoon in a 13-3 home victory over Greensville. Tyler Morris, Michael Hogan, Hunter Tyler, Deonte Blanton, Denylo Branch, Damien Mickey, Travis Schneider, and Tyler Weidman all had hits that helped propel the “real Eagles” over Greensville.
The boys tennis team hosted Fluvanna on Friday afternoon in an attempt to avenge an earlier loss to the Flucos. Asim Brooks and Ryan Steward won easily at No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. West Bogese, a sophomore, was down 4-7 and faced match point, before he fought back to take the victory 9-7.
This began the rally for the No. 1 doubles team of Brooks and Steward to win 8-3 and the No. 2 doubles team of Dean Jewett and Keiston France to win their match and take the overall team victory by a score of 5-3.
The boy's tennis team was also defeated by Randolph-Henry 6-3. Singles winners were Keiston France and West Bogese. Doubles winners were Dean Jewett and Keiston France.
The varsity boys soccer team traveled to Appomattox on Thursday afternoon for a rematch of an earlier loss. Despite playing an even match, the Eagles came away with a 1-0 loss.
The game was played in the middle of the field for the most part with both teams having chances to score both halves. PE goal keeper AJ Stringfellow produced more than ten saves to keep the Eagles in the match, but Appomattox managed to put the ball in the net with ten minutes left in regulation. Stringfellow saved a shot from the left side of the field, but the ball ricocheted back to an Appomattox forward that was able to put the ball into the net.
Prince Edward will travel to South Hill on Monday, April 16 for a key Southside District match at Park View.
The Prince Edward JV soccer team got a chance at a rematch with Appomattox on Monday night at home, and was successful in a 4-1 victory over the Raiders.
In the first encounter, Appomattox won 2-0 to hand PE its only loss on the season. The game was balanced in the beginning, the Raiders took their first shot in the fourth minute, but PE goal tender Jonathon Kelly was there to save it. The Eagles continued to defend well and, in the 21st minute, Niko Reinson executed a corner kick from the right side and found Ricardo Diaz in the center of the box, who put the ball in the left corner to score the goal.
Twelve minutes later, Reinson set up Colton Sheehan who scored on a close-range shot. In the second half, Kelly came up with a big save in the 55th minute to keep the Raiders at bay. Two minutes later, the Eagles benefited from a free kick. Connor Burke crossed the ball over the defense, Sheehan received the ball and then chipped it over the goalie who had come out of the goal to defend the play.
The Raiders got on the board in the 59th minute with a shot from close range, but Sheehan put the game away with a spectacular shot from 30 yards out that hit the crossbar and bounced in.
The Prince Edward girls soccer team lost to perennial power Liberty Christian 7-1 on Monday afternoon at home. The lone goal for Prince Edward was scored by Katrina Lowe.
Following the step up in competition, the Lady Eagles faced a competitive equal in a road contest at Appomattox, which was backed up by the 0-0 final score.
Goalie Taylor Reinson had an excellent game with stellar defensive performances by Lauren Keup, Jessie Bass, Jenny Thomson, and Jenna Bisallion. Reinson and Keup combined on a game saving defensive play near the end of regulation.