Last at-bat lifts BHS

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 4, 2006

WINDSOR – When Bertie High School wins, they do it late.

The Falcons won their fourth game of the season Friday and their third in their last at-bat.

With the contest deadlocked at 3-all after six inning, Bertie scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh stanza to beat Currituck 4-3.

With two out in the home half of the seventh, Brent Bowen walked and went to second on a wild pickoff throw by first. He then scored when Matt White reached on an error to give the Falcons their first Northeastern Coastal Conference victory of the season.

&uot;I am really proud of how we played tonight,&uot; Bertie coach Randy Whitaker said. &uot;We played with pride.

&uot;Hunter pitched a great five and two-thirds and Lance came in and got the win for us and in the bottom of the seventh, Brent was able to get on and Matt came up and put the ball in play,&uot; Whitaker said. &uot;Those are the type of things you have to do to win.&uot;

Currituck got the game’s first runs in the top of the first. The Knights plated two to grab the early lead.

The Falcons got one of the marks back in the bottom of the inning when senior Lance Thomas blasted a solo homerun to right.

BHS added another in the home half of the second to deadlock the score at 2-all.

Hunter Mizelle singled to left and stole second before going to third on an O.J. Dobbin sacrifice bunt. Mizelle then scored on an Ethan Boller RBI-squeeze to make it two-all.

The Falcons took their first lead in the bottom of the fifth frame.

Scott Hoggard singled, but was erased on Bowen’s fielder’s choice. Bowen stole second and then scored when Thomas drilled a single to right to make it 3-2.

Currituck scored one run in the top of the sixth to tie the game. That came on an Eric Snow RBI-groundout.

Mizelle pitched five and two-third innings allowing three runs on six hits while striking out 11. Thomas tossed the final inning and a third. He gave up no runs on no hits and struck out two.

The Falcons put together six hits led by Thomas, who was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a homerun.

Bertie improved to 4-8 overall and 1-3 inside the Northeastern Coastal Conference. They will play at Edenton Tuesday at 7 p.m.