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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | April 23, 2017

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New Kent bats go the extra base route to subdue York 10-2

By Alan Chamberlain | April 21, 2017 11:16 pm
New Kent baserunner Jacob Rivera reaches to grab the base and avoid overrunning second after an apparent steal as York shortstop Rayvon Patrick covers. The effort, however, did not matter since Jared Mitchell, the batter at the time, drew a walk, moving Rivera to second anyway.Alan Chamberlain photo

New Kent’s Trojans spotted York’s visiting Falcons a one-run lead in the first inning of Friday’s baseball matchup. It didn’t last long. Trojan batters declared open season on Falcon pitching the rest of the way, starting with a three-run surge on a pair of doubles in the bottom of the first. From there, the hosts cruised to a 10-2 victory, raising their season mark above the .500 level to 6-5. “After they scored one, it was good to come right back and get three in the bottom of the first and then get another two in the second,” Trojan coach…
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Disastrous seventh inning foils New Kent bid for third straight win

By Alan Chamberlain | April 21, 2017 10:31 pm
Lady Trojan second baseman Taylor Yates reaches to tag out York baserunner Melissa Isakson. She then fired to first to complete a fourth inning double play.Alan Chamberlain photo

Through six innings of play, New Kent’s softball game with York’s visiting Falcons remained an affair either team could win. New Kent scored first, York rallied to go in front, and a tie occurred before the Falcons edged back on top. But then came the seventh and final frame. And that’s when the roof fell in on the hosts. York pushed across eight runs in the last inning on the way to a 13-3 triumph. The outcome ended the Lady Trojans’ modest two-game win streak and dropped the team to 3-9. “York is one of the top tier teams, but…
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New Kent falls 6-1 to Grafton in storm-shortened soccer clash

By Alan Chamberlain | April 21, 2017 9:54 pm
New Kent's Alan Walker (17) uses his body  to keep Grafton's Andres Cortez away from the ball.Alan Chamberlain photo

For the second straight evening, weather has shortened a New Kent home soccer match. Thursday night, the girls’ encounter with Northampton ended five minutes into the second half due to an approaching thunderstorm. Tonight (Friday) with the boys’ team entertaining Grafton, that scenario repeated almost to the second. When stoppage came the night before, the Lady Trojans held a 3-0 advantage. Tonight though, the Trojans faced a 6-1 deficit. Both contests go into the record books as complete games. Grafton took the lead for good in the opening moments. Then over a nine-minute span beginning at the 27-minute mark, the…
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Lady Trojans post 3-0 shutout in weather-shortened soccer contest

By Alan Chamberlain | April 20, 2017 11:24 pm
New Kent's Payton Melvin (18) engages in a race to the ball with Northampton's Yailin Cruz.Alan Chamberlain photo

New Kent’s Lady Trojans dominated Northampton’s visiting Yellow Jackets, building a 3-0 halftime advantage and making that margin stand up in a weather-shortened Thursday night soccer contest. Approaching thunderstorms halted play five minutes into the second half, but the result stands as an official contest. The Lady Trojans improved to 3-5. “The girls did what they had to do,” said winning coach Steve Grech. “We got in some good practices this week, and it’s good to get the first game coming off spring break. Unfortunately, the weather stopped the game, but I’m happy we won.” New Kent held a 13-0…
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New Kent bats back Metheny pitching in 8-1 drubbing of Poquoson

By Alan Chamberlain | April 20, 2017 10:55 pm
New Kent second baseman Hunter Pitts makes a running grab on a pop-up in foul ground off the bat of Poquoson's Austin Gault after calling off first baseman Bryan Brooks on the second inning play.Alan Chamberlain photo

New Kent bats pounded out five hits during a five-run second inning that placed the host Trojans well on their way to an 8-1 baseball conquest of Poquoson’s Islanders. Trojan pitcher Mitchell Metheny, meanwhile, shackled the Islanders on just four hits in going the distance. He fanned nine while allowing a single walk as the hosts evened their record at 5-5. “He pitched a very good game,” said his coach, Michael Kuper. “He also hit a two-run double off the top of the wall in that big second inning, so he had a very good game overall.” Islander starting pitcher…
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Lady Trojans notch second straight win in walk-off fashion

By Alan Chamberlain | April 20, 2017 10:16 pm
Taylor Goode rushes to accept congratulations from her New Kent teammates after laying down a bunt that led to the winning walk-off run over Poquoson.Alan Chamberlain photo

A throwing error on Taylor Goode’s sacrifice bunt attempt in the bottom of the seventh inning enabled Taylor Yates to score from first, lifting New Kent’s Lady Trojans to a 4-3 come-from-behind softball victory over Poquoson’s visiting Islanders. New Kent overcame a 2-0 deficit with a three-run fifth inning in Thursday’s contest. Poquoson forged a 3-3 deadlock in the sixth, but left the bases loaded in the seventh to leave the door open for the hosts in the bottom of the frame. Yates worked to a 3-2 count before drawing a lead-off walk. Goode bunted toward third to move Yates…
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New Kent boys finish fifth, girls seventh in first Bay Rivers track meet

By Alan Chamberlain | April 20, 2017 12:27 am
New Kent's Evan Branch hands the baton to teammate Joe Allen for the second leg of the 4x100 meter relay which the Trojans easily won in 44.78. Below, Lady Trojan Justine Eckert unleashes a throw in discus on the way to placing third with a toss of 90-5.5.Alan Chamberlain photos

Host New Kent won two events on the way to a fifth place finish overall in the boys’ portion of the first track meet featuring all 10 schools associated with the Bay Rivers District. New Kent’s girls placed seventh in Wednesday’s affair. The Trojans scored 59.5 points while the Lady Trojans totaled 45.5. Lafayette won both portions with 118 and 130 points, respectively. C.J. Reeders won the triple jump with a leap of 41 feet, 4 inches for New Kent’s lone individual triumph. The Trojan 4×100 meter relay team, meanwhile, ran away with the event, posting a time of 44.78….
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Colonial Heights tops Lady Trojans 6-3 in tennis

By Alan Chamberlain | April 19, 2017 9:30 pm
New Kent's Marley McCartney (above) and Rachel Phelps (below) track down shots during Wednesday's match with Colonial Heights.Alan Chamberlain photos

Mattie Thornton produced New Kent’s lone singles win and teamed with Mackenzie Taylor for a doubles victory while the combo of Lexie Butler and Torii Pickett also won in doubles. But that was not enough for the Lady Trojans to keep pace with visiting Colonial Heights. The Colonials prevailed 6-3 in Wednesday tennis action. Singles: Anderson (CH) d. Hayley Ashford 8-2; Patel (CH) d. Rachel Phelps 8-1; Kim (CH) d. Marley McCartney 8-1; Luthar (CH) d. Taylor 8-3; Thornton (NK) d. Sampson 8-5; Chavis (CH) d. Butler 8-3. Doubles: Patel/Kim d. Reyshyra Jadooram/Vivian Sanchez 8-5; Taylor/Thornton d. Luthar/Sampson 8-5; Butler/Pickett…
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Trojan tennis team edges Rappahannock

By Community Member | April 19, 2017 8:43 pm

New Kent’s Trojan tennis team won four of six singles matches and tacked on a doubles win to top host Rappahannock 5-4 in a Tuesday matchup. Singles: Micheal Sorensen (NK) d. Rock 2-0; Tate Estes (NK) d. Donovan 1-1 (10-8); Gutmann (R) d. Joshua Gilbert 2-0; Ben Housden (NK) d. Goszka 2-0; Hayden (R) d. Aaron White 2-0; Jackson Walker (NK) d. Lewis 2-0. Doubles: Gilbert/Housden d. Rock/Goszka 8-1; Donovan/Gutmann d. Estes/Walker 8-3; Hayden/Lewis d. White/Cole Beach 8-5. Exhibition: Nathan Albertson (NK) d. Hall 8-4; Andy Miller (NK) d. Jacoby 8-0.

Buoyed by Slater, New Kent rallies late to force extra innings, beat Lafayette in nine

By Alan Chamberlain | April 19, 2017 12:03 am
New Kent shortstop Peyton Slater gloves the throw but not in time to catch Lafayette's Haley Gustafson stealing second. Gustafson later scored as part of the Rams' three-run seventh inning, but New Kent tied the game and won in the ninth.Alan Chamberlain photo

By the time New Kent’s host Lady Trojans got their first runner on base, Lafayette’s Rams owned a 5-0 lead and appeared to be cruising to victory behind the pitching of Julia Jones who had struck out the first three batters she faced. No matter. More innings remained to be played. A lot more, in fact. The Lady Trojans battled back, first from the 5-0 deficit and again after falling three runs down in the seventh, to force extra innings. Then in the ninth, Peyton Slater, who keyed the seventh inning surge, crossed the plate on a wild pitch to…
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