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HCHS wins back-to-back

CHOCOWINITY – Good luck wiping that smile off Chris Towell’s face.

The second-year Hertford County High School baseball coach finally got the performance he was looking for from his club. In fact, he got it twice in back-to-back contests.

The Bears knocked off Jones Senior 6-1 Monday in Southside’s Easter Tournament here before rolling past Plymouth Tuesday afternoon.

&uot;We put the bat on the ball and played good defense,&uot; Towell said of the Bears’ effort against Jones Senior.

Chris Mizelle went seven innings for HCHS, allowing seven hits while striking out two as the Bears won for the first time this season.

Michael Burton led the way offensively with a 2-for-4 performance that included two RBIs.

The key inning for Hertford County was the second when they plated five runs.

Tuesday afternoon the Bears stayed on fire, getting 18 hits to dominate the Vikings 13-5.

Ryan Matthews took care of the pitching duties, going seven complete innings while striking out three.

Burton turned in a 3-for-4 performance at the plate including two doubles and two RBIs.

Also delivering offensively were Heath Britt and Jake Dunlow. Britt was 3-for-4 with two triples and four RBIs while Dunlow checked in at 4-for-5 with three RBIs.

&uot;I thought we did a really good job of putting the bat on the ball,&uot; Towell said. &uot;Everyone plated really well. We were upbeat and positive, which is easy to do after a win.&uot;

Towell said he was pleased to see the team heading in the right direction.

&uot;I’m glad to get these two under our belts,&uot; he said. &uot;We will be looking to keep this momentum Tuesday against Northeastern.&uot;

The Bears are 2-15 on the year and will travel to Northeastern Tuesday at 7 p.m.