It is nearly impossible to win a baseball singlehandedly, but Everett Johnson almost did the impossible on Thursday afternoon for Wayne Country Day.
In the Chargers’ 3-2 victory against Kerr-Vance Academy, Johnson went 2-2 from the plate with a home run and an RBI, pitched two and one-third innings of relief, and scored the game-winning run.
“There’s one kid you need to talk to right now, and it’s number 10 (Everett Johnson). He won the game almost by himself,” Wayne Country Day head coach Adam Pate said. “A home run, hits, a couple of walks, and he shut the door in relief on the mound. Other than that, we know that we didn’t play well, but the good news is we get to play another game.”
Wayne Country Day staged its game-winning heroics, in the bottom of the seventh inning, with zero hits.
With the score tied 2-2, Everett Johnson drew a walk to get on base, and by the time his brother, Gavin Johnson step into the batter’s box, Everett Johnson was in scoring position at third base.
Gavin Johnson then hit a sacrifice fly into the outfield that enabled Everett Johnson to cross home plate for the game-winning run.
“I was really happy with a few things even though it wasn’t as polished of a win as we’d want’ Pate said. “I’ve already mentioned Everett, but Connor Sasser got his second start of the year, and he hopped right in there and had great at-bats.
“Connor is the perfect example of a good teammate, a good friend, and a hard worker, and I told the boys ‘that’s what happens when your number is called and your ready,’ and he was ready today.”
On the mound, the Chargers rode Braeden Collins and Johnson to the win.
Collins got the start for Wayne Country Day. He pitched four one-third innings, allowed five hits on the day while walking three, and striking out eight Spartan batters.
After Collins, the Chargers turned the ball over to Everett Johnson, who threw three strikeouts and held off the Spartans during the game’s final two innings.
“Hats off to Kerr-Vance, their leadoff hitter (R.J. Johnson) and their three-hole hitter (Michael Holtzman) I was beyond impressed with,” Pate said. “They put the ball in play, they hit the ball hard, and they run their butts off down the line. It was just fun to watch,” Pate said.
Gavin Johnson finished the game with an RBI, Collins was 2-2 with two singles. Wayne Country Day (12-1 overall) entertains John Paul II (9-3) today. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.