The varsity baseball team lost their home conference game to Sun Valley on Friday with a score of 6-1.
The loss was particularly painful since the boys were celebrating senior night for their lone senior, Scott Kendall, and had remembered the late coach Mike Currie in a ceremony before the game.
The team remembered the beloved coach on what would have been his birthday. After observing a moment of silence, Currie’s son, Kyle Currie (#1) threw the ceremonial first pitch in honor of his father, leaving the crowd teary.
The team also honored its lone senior, Scott Kendall (#4), the team’s primary pitcher. Kendall was also the first player up to bat in the first inning. He plans to attend UNC Charlotte to study exercise science, with the eventual goal of becoming either a physical therapist or a baseball coach.
Kendall said that even with the team’s many losses, it was a good season for him. “This year’s been a turnaround from the past three years,” he said. “We only won one game this year, but we were very competitive. I couldn’t ask for better teammates. I just want my teammates to know that I love them and the future of Anson baseball is very bright. I thank my family, coaches, and my lord and savior Jesus Christ for everything they do.”
Coach Hank Harris, while disappointed with the game’s outcome, was also excited for the team’s future. “I thought the intensity we came out with for senior night and Coach Currie was big,” he said. “We stayed and fought right up to the end. We thought we had it. But that’s baseball on any given night. They hit the ball and we didn’t.”
The boys had at least one game left on Tuesday night (after press time), the outcome of which would decide if they are to continue in the tournament. “I honestly believe that we’re in the top-three defense in the conference,” Harris said. “Offensively, we’re swinging bats, but we’re still learning.”
Harris said he was happy to work with the team. “I’ve never been more proud of a group of young men,” he said. “This was my first head coach job. These nine varsity starters are the greatest young men I’ve ever been around in my life.”
The varsity softball team also lost their home conference game on Friday. They lost to Cuthbertson with a score of 8-1.
Coach Terry Ponds said the girls played well. “They played pretty competitively,” he said. “We’ve just got to keep going, keep playing.” Kelsey Brown made the team’s run, though Sally James had the RBI (run batted in).
Before the game, the team honored its graduating seniors: Jamonica Smith (#9), Lindsay Haire (#21), Taylor Pace (#6), and Kristin Emrich (#8).
Smith, the daughter of Sovenia and Quentin Bowman and Pamela and Anthony Smith, plays center field. She plans to join the United State Air Force and become a flight nurse. She has played varsity softball for three years and is also a cheerleader.
Pace, a right fielder, is the daughter of John Pace and Melissa Hildreth. She plans to attend Richmond Community College to major in nursing. She has played varsity softball for three years.
Haire, a pitcher and first baseman, is the daughter of Melinda and Todd Haire. She will remain at South Piedmont Community College for another year to complete her associates of arts degree. After that, she plans to transfer to a four-year university to major in athletic training. A three-year varsity player, her favorite thing to do is to play softball.
Emrich, the daughter of Marcia and Adam Emrich, is a third baseman. She has not yet decided where she will go to college. She is a three-year varsity player and is a member of both the cross country and track teams.
The JV baseball team suffered a 11-3 loss to Sun Valley on Friday. It was their final game.