Bears rout Pasquotank

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 28, 2007

AHOSKIE – Hertford County pounded out 18 hits Tuesday night.

That number combined with a complete game from Jacob Dunlow helped the Bears secure a 17-7 Northeastern Coastal Conference baseball win over Pasquotank.

HCHS opened the scoring with four runs in the home half of the first inning.

Michael Burton singled to right and went to third when Heath Britt doubled. Burton then scored on an Andre Lyles sacrifice fly that sent Britt to third. Britt scored on an Edward Joyner RBI-single.

Dunlow singled to left before he and courtesy runner Travis Ellis came around to score when Grayson Toms laced a triple down the right field line to put the Bears up 4-0.

The Panthers scored two in the top of the second on an Eric Simpson two-run single, but HCHS responded with four of their won in the bottom of the inning.

Corey Saunders was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch to get the innings started. He scored on a Ryan Matthew double down the left-field line.

Burton was hit by a pitch and both he and Matthews advanced on a wild pitch before scoring on a Britt two-run single to second.

Britt advanced to second on an error and to third on a groundout. He scored on a Dunlow infield single that pushed the Bears’ lead to 8-2.

The Panthers plated one in the third and three in the fourth to get within 8-6, but the Bears put the game away with nine runs in the bottom of the fourth.

The inning was highlighted by RBI-singles from Toms and Saunders as well as a two-run single by Lyles and a double by Dunlow.

Pasquotank added one in the bottom of the fifth, but that game ended at 17-7.

Dunlow tossed all five innings for the win. He allowed seven runs on six hits and struck out seven.

In all, HCHS collected 18 hits with each of the nine starters having at least one RBI.

Britt led the team with a 4-for-4 day at the plate while Dunlow was 3-for-3. Lyles, Joyner, Toms and Ashe had two hits each.

“We did a great job offensively,” HCHS Head Coach Chris Towel said. “We got key hits. All nine players contributed.

“We put the bat on the ball and put pressure on the defense,” he added. “We gave Jacob plenty of run support.”

Towel was also pleased with his team’s defense.

Britt, who is 7-for-7 in the last two games, said he was going to the plate with a lot of confidence.

Hertford County is now 3-6 overall and 3-1 in NCC play. They will host Bertie at 7 p.m. Friday.