SouthWest takes Bertie
WINDSOR – SouthWest Edgecombe scored six runs in the first inning and held on to defeat Bertie 10-7 here Tuesday.
The Cougars scored the majority of their runs in the top of the first inning of the non-conference game and built a 9-1 lead before the Falcons rallied.
Trailing 6-0 heading into the bottom of the first, BHS scored their first run.
Aaron Hoggard walked, allowing courtesy runner Kevin Jara to score on an O.J. Dobbin RBI-double that trimmed the margin to 6-1.
SouthWest plated two more in the top of the third and another in the fourth to push their lead to 9-1.
Bertie scored again in the bottom of the fourth. Hunter Mizelle doubled and scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-2.
The Cougars got their final run in the top of the sixth and led 10-2, but the Falcons plated five of their own in the bottom half of the same frame.
Corey Hoggard walked and went to second on a fielder’s choice before scoring on a passed ball.
Dobbin walked, stole second and scored on an Ethan Boller RBI-single after Scott Hoggard had reached on a dropped third strike.
Hoggard and Boller came home on a Lance Thomas two-run double and Thomas scored himself on a passed ball to cut the deficit to 10-7.
The Falcons couldn’t get closer, however, as they suffered their third loss of the season.
Jay Hughes pitched six and two-thirds inning allowing four runs and seven hits in relief. He struck out three.
Offensively, Boller led the way for BHS with a 3-for-3 day at the plate. Thomas was 2-for-4.
&uot;Jay Hughes threw a heck of a game for us,&uot; veteran Bertie coach Randy Whitaker said. &uot;We fell behind early, but we didn’t quit. We kept battling the whole game.&uot;
The Falcons will be back in action today (Thursday) when they host Tarboro at 4:30 p.m.