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AHOSKIE – David Brackett’s two-run double highlighted a third inning rally as Hertford County High School erased an early deficit to defeat Edenton, 6-3, here Friday in Northeastern Coastal Conference baseball action.

Trailing 3-0, the Bears put their rally caps on in the bottom half of the third inning. There, Heath Britt laced a single and moved to second on an outfield error on the play. Edward Joyner’s single to rightfield advanced Britt to third. Britt scored the Bears first run of the game when he easily reached home plate on Jacob Dunlow’s RBI single.

But the Bears were far from finished.

Joyner made it a 3-2 game when he scored on an RBI single to leftfield off the bat of Latrael Ashe. After a wild pitch moved Dunlow and Ashe up one base, both scored when Brackett lined what proved to be the game-winning hit to the gap in left-centerfield.

Hertford County added a pair of insurance markers in the home half of the fourth frame. Michael Burton laced a single to rightfield and motored to third thanks to Britt’s double to left-center. Burton scored on Andre Lyles’ RBI infield single. Britt held third on the play, but scored when Lyles was caught in a rundown between first and second.

That was all the offense Dunlow needed as he pitched a complete game to notch the win on the mound. Dunlow scattered seven hits and fanned eight.

HCHS finished with 11 hits led by a 3-for-4 effort by Burton. Britt and Dunlow each added two hits while Lyles, Joyner, Ashe and Brackett chipped in one hit each.

“This team is starting to believe in itself,” HCHS skipper Chris Towell said following the game. “We did a good job of putting the bat on the ball and making Edenton make plays. I thought Jacob (Dunlow) pitched a great game for us.”

Dunlow didn’t get off to a great start as Joseph Westbrook slapped a two-run homer over the leftfield fence that staked the visitors to a 2-0, first inning lead.

Edenton padded their lead to 3-0 in the top of the third where Perry Byrum’s RBI single did the damage. But Dunlow and the HCHS defense got tough as the Bears battled out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam thanks to a pair of groundouts.

With the win, Hertford County improved to 8-12 overall and 6-3 in league play. The Bears travel to Pasquotank High School for a 7 p.m. conference game today (Tuesday).