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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | June 18, 2018

New Kent gets back on track with 9-2 victory over Smithfield

By Robb Johnson | April 11, 2018 1:32 pm
John Mehalko (right) snags a high throw in late inning action from teammate Jacob Stout (left) to close out Tuesday night’s contest.Robb Johnson photo

John Mehalko (right) snags a high throw in late inning action from teammate Jacob Stout (left) to close out Tuesday night’s contest.

Robb Johnson photo

New Kent emerged from Spring Break looking to change their opinions. A contest against Smithfield’s Packers who entered the contest with the same record as the Trojans started their journey back to the win column.

The Trojans surrendered only two runs as they throttled the visiting Packers 9-2 in Tuesday afternoon action.

After three quick outs by Smithfield to end the top of the first, New Kent jumped out early on the visitors. Lamont Brandon, Riggs Ellis, Nick Sorenson, and Benji Boatwright all reached base, crossing home plate to give the hosts an early 4-0 lead. New Kent’s aggressive base-running frustrated the visitors, as 12 stolen bases led to miscues by Smithfield’s defense. From there, New Kent kept the Packers off rhythm to earn the win.

After the contest, New Kent head coach Michael Kuper talked about the team’s execution of the game plan in the contest.

“We swung the bats better and we were just more aggressive,” commented the victorious coach. “We were able to put the ball in play a lot and that gave them trouble leading to the many stolen bases we had tonight.

“Our pitching was solid tonight and Nate [Kagey] had a great start,” Kuper continued. “He didn’t put us in bad positions and it’s because he had a lot of strikeouts early on in innings.

“We had a lot of close games in a tough district,” the coach said as he wrapped up. “However, there is never any excuse. We have to get it done and I feel that going down the stretch here, we have the chance to win many games and the key to that is going to be consistency.”

New Kent improves its record to 2-5 on the year.