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Andrew Eltz steps up to the plate as he looks to get on base for the Wayne Country Day Chargers in Thursday’s game.

The Wayne Country Day Chargers defeated the Kerr-Vance Academy Spartans 3-2 on Thursday afternoon.

The first run of the game came for Kerr-Vance Academy in the top of the first inning when the runner from third came in to score off a wild pitch from Braeden Collins.

Collins was able to escape the top of the inning without giving up any more runs after the wild pitch to keep the game at 1-0.

In the bottom of the first inning, Wayne Country Day’s Everette Johnson scored the first run of the game when the Spartans’ pitcher made an illegal move on the mound, which resulted in the referee calling a balk. A balk results in each runner moving up one base, which meant Johnson came in from third to score the run. This was the only run scored in the bottom of the inning, and it tied up the game at 1-1.

After a scoreless second inning, the Chargers took the lead in the bottom of the third inning with a home run from Johnson. It was a solo shot that gave them a 2-1 lead.

In the top of the fifth inning, Collins was removed from the game, and Johnson came in to relief pitch with two outs and a runner on first base. After walking the first batter he faced, Johnson gave up an RBI single to tie up the game at 2-2.

After giving up the run, Johnson shut out the Spartans in the top of the sixth and seventh innings, and with the Chargers unable to score any runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, they only had the seventh inning to score or the game would go to extra innings.

The Chargers were able to get the winning run in the seventh inning when Gavin Johnson stepped up to the plate with one out.

Everette Johnson was on third base, which meant that all Gavin Johnson needed was a hit deep into the outfield to score his brother and win the game. Gavin did just that when he connected with the ball and sent it deep enough into right field that Everette Johnson was able to tag up and score the game-winning run at home plate.

Adam Pate, Wayne Country Day head coach, said Everette Johnson, who scored all three runs for the Chargers, almost single-handedly won the game for his team.

“(Everette Johnson) won the game almost by himself,” he said. “He had a home run, a hit, a couple of walks, and he shut the door in relief on the mound.”

Pate also said that he was happy with the performance of Connor Sasser in one of his first games of the season.

“Connor got his first or second start of the year, and he hopped right in there and had great at bats,” Pate said. “Connor is the perfect example of a good teammate, a good friend and a hard worker. That’s what I have told our boys. That’s what happens when your number is called and you are ready. He was ready, and he looked really good in the batter’s box.”

With the win, Wayne Country Day improves to 12-1 overall and has a record of 3-0 in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association’s Coastal Plain division. Kerr-Vance Academy falls to 4-6 overall with a record of 2-1 in the NCISAA Coastal Plain division.