Warren County residents Lane White, Tom Echols and Michael Thomas Holtzman helped the Kerr-Vance Academy Spartans defeat Albemarle School by a score of 15-2 on Saturday to claim the school’s third consecutive N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association State Baseball Championship.
White, a senior, said that the Spartans knew that they would have a target on their backs this season since they set such a high bar for achievement in recent years.
“Going into this season, since we won the state championship the past two seasons, everybody wants to beat us, but the main goal is to get (to the state championship) and come home with (the trophy),” he said.
White, Echols and Holtzman have filled multiple roles this season. All three have pitched and played outfield. White served as the catcher, and Holtzman has played third base.
KVA’s toughest conference rival may have been Rocky Mount Academy, which handed the Spartans a loss during the regular season.
Kerr-Vance finished the regular season third in the NCISAA Coastal Division with an overall record of 16-5.
Holtzman pitched a no-hitter as the Spartans defeated The Burlington School 10-0 in the first round of the state playoffs. Kerr-Vance blanked Lawrence Academy 11-0 to advance to the title series over the weekend.
Playing in front of a home crowd, the Spartans hosted The Albemarle School first on Friday, defeating the Colts by a score of 8-0 to advance to Saturday’s championship, when they would face The Albemarle School for the second consecutive day.
On Saturday, the Spartans defeated the Colts 15-2 to take the state championship trophy.
“It feels great to have all our teammates working together for one goal,” White said.
Three seniors, including White, will be graduating this year, but the Warren County resident is expecting great things from the Spartans next season.
“Next season should still be good,” he said.