Knights nip Bears

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 2, 2007

AHOSKIE – Currituck scored three runs in the seventh inning to rally past Hertford County High School Tuesday.

Brandon Dunn had a two-out RBI-single to edge the Bears in the Northeastern Coastal Conference baseball game.

The game was deadlocked at zero through three innings.

Currituck put runners on second and third in the top of the fourth frame with one out. The Knights attempted to squeeze the run home, but HCHS senior pitcher Heath Britt fielded the bunt, made the throw home and catcher Jake Dunlow made the tag at home to prevent the run from scoring.

Britt then induced another out to end the inning with the game still tied at zero.

The Bears put together a solid fourth inning of their own at the plate.

Ryan Matthews and Michael Burton had back-to-back singles for HCHS before Britt walked to load the bases. Matthews and Burton scored on an Andre Lyles two-run single to center.

Britt showed his prowess on the base paths when he scored on a Dunlow sacrifice fly by sliding around the catcher who was attempting to make the tag.

The three runs gave the Bears a 3-0 advantage heading into the fifth inning.

Currituck bounced back with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth thanks to a Dunn two-run homer to left.

Derek Thomas hit a solo homerun with one out in the seventh, tying the game at 3-all.

Then Dunn provided his two-out single to score one run and then a second run scored on an error on the play.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Dunlow singled to center. Pinch runner Travis Ellis advanced to second and third on wild pitches. Roger Harrison drew a walk after the second out was recorded, but a groundout ended the contest.

“We kept them under wraps for five innings,” HCHS skipper Chris Towell said. “Currituck hit the ball well.

“My guys gave it everything they had,” he added. “They are a great group of young men.”

Britt went five innings for the Bears, allowing no runs on four hits. He had five strikeouts.

Burton tossed the final two innings, allowing five runs on five hits and suffering the loss.

HCHS managed four hits during the contest with Matthews, Burton, Lyles and Dunlow having one each.

The Bears (9-13, 7-4) will travel to Bertie tonight (Thursday) for their final outing of the season.