New Bern sweeps Ahoskie

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 20, 2006

NEW BERN – So close, but yet so far away.

Ahoskie Post 102 saw their record fall to 0-10 here Saturday where the local American Legion team dropped a doubleheader at New Bern Post 24.

Post 102 was defeated by scores of 7-6 in game one and 8-6 in the second half of the twinbill.

Ahoskie hit the ball well, collecting 15 hits in the doubleheader, but they just can’t seem to get the proverbial monkey off their backs when it comes to winning the battle on the scoreboard.

In game one, New Bern scored the winning run when Daniel Fuller delivered a one-out, RBI single in the bottom of the second.

Trailing 3-0, Ahoskie began their comeback by plating a solo marker in the top of the fifth. There, with two out, Dustin Briggs was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a Heath Britt single and scored when Jobie Thomas lined an RBI single to left.

New Bern then gave Post 102 a mountain to climb by increasing their lead to 6-1 thanks to a three-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth. Fortunately, Ahoskie was up to the challenge.

Four runs crossed the plate for Post 102 in the top of the sixth to trim their deficit to 6-5. Michael Burton and Lance Thomas jumpstarted the rally with singles. After a double steal, Burton scored on Ben Bright’s RBI infield single. Jacob Harrell then plated Thomas with an RBI single to center. Following a wild pitch that advanced both runners into scoring position, Bright and Harrell raced home when Tucker Warren stroked a two-run single to center.

Ahoskie tied the score at 6-all with a run in the top of the seventh. There, Judd Whitehead singled and motored to third when Burton slapped a double down the rightfield line. Whitehead scored the game-tying run thanks to Thomas’ RBI sac fly.

Warren pitched the first four and one-third innings for Post 102. Bright finished on the mound and was charged with the loss.

In game two, even an 8-0 deficit failed to derail Post 102 as they battled back with six runs in the top of the seventh, but still suffered a setback.

In the seventh, Britt got the rally started with a walk. He moved to third when Briggs doubled to left-center. After Britt scored on a wild pitch (one that moved Briggs to third), Briggs was awarded home on a balk.

One out later, Post 102 loaded the bases when Whitehead was hit by a pitch followed by walks to Warren and Burton. After another out, Whitehead, Warren and Burton scored on consecutive bases-loaded walks to Bright, O.J. Dobbin and Britt. Bright scored the sixth run when he raced home on Briggs’ RBI single to center, but Ahoskie fell two runs short.

Thomas was charged with the pitching loss. Bright and Aaron Hoggard also saw time on the mound for Post 102 in game two.

Post 102 will visit Kinston today (Tuesday) for a 5 p.m. doubleheader.