HCHS defeats East

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 7, 2008

AHOSKIE – Travis Ellis and Tyler Pryor combined to pitch a two-hit shutout Thursday afternoon.

That helped Hertford County claim their first baseball win of the season as they defeated non-conference rival Northampton County High School n East 14-0.

The Bears opened the scoring with eight runs in the bottom of the first frame.

Ellis led off with a single to right. He promptly stole second and third before scoring when Richard Burns singled to right field.

Burns stole second and Edward Joyner drew a walk to put runners on first and second.

Brandon Warren reached on a fielder’s choice, leaving runners at first and third.

Corey Saunders then delivered an RBI-single that plated Burns. Warren scored next when Grayson Toms reached first on an error.

Saunders scored on a Jamel Draughn RBI-double to left. Toms and Draughn came around to score on a Monterio Hunter two-run single to center. Hunter stole second before Ellis walked.

Hunter scored on a Burns RBI-infield single. Ellis scored when Joyner singled to center to account for an 8-0 run.

Hertford County scored their final six runs in the bottom of the second stanza.

Toms reached on an error before Draughn singled to left. Hunter then hit a three-run homer to left-center field.

Daniel Merritt singled to center to keep things going for HCHS. Ellis then walked.

Merritt scored on a Burns RBI-groundout before Joyner reached on an infield single. Ellis and Joyner both scored when Warren laced a two-run double to left, giving the Bears a 14-0 lead.

Ellis tossed four innings for the win, allowing no runs on two hits and striking out four. Pryor then pitched the final frame, allowing no runs and no hits. He struck out three.

Matt Murphy pitched two innings for the Rams. Jonathan Lee then pitched the final two innings, allowing one hit and no runs while striking out four.

The Bears collected 13 hits in the outing.

Hunter was a perfect 2-for-2 with five RBIs while Draughn and Joyner were each 2-for-2 with one RBI. Burns checked in at 2-for-3 with three RBIs while Ellis, Pryor, Saunders, Merritt and Warren had one hit each.

Greg Outland and Carson Hilliard had two hits each for the Rams.

“We put the bat on the ball and it’s always nice to get a win,” HCHS Head Coach Chris Towell said.

The Bears (1-1) will play at SouthWest Edgecombe today (Saturday) at 1 p.m. before opening Northeastern Coastal Conference play Tuesday when they host Edenton.