East sweeps

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 1, 2008

CREEKSVILLE – Northampton County High School n East swept their second double header in a week Tuesday.

The Rams knocked off Tar-Roanoke Conference rival Weldon by counts of 17-1 and 13-1 to secure win number four in a row.

In the first game of the contest, Jon Lee tossed a one-hitter as Northampton rolled to a 17-1 victory in a two inning game.

The Rams opened the scoring with four runs in the bottom of the first frame.

Jermaine Deloatch singled to left, Carson Hilliard walked and Lee was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Both Deloatch and Hilliard scored on a Jordan White two-run single to center.

Jesse Bridgers walked to reload the bases before Matt Murphy was hit by a pitch to force Lee home.

White scored on a Dwayne Deloatch sacrifice fly to give the Rams a 4-0 lead.

Weldon scored their only run in the top of the second to trim the lead to 3-1, but the Rams exploded for 13 runs in the bottom of the same inning.

Jermaine Deloatch walked and scored when Greg Outland laced an RBI-triple to right-centerfield. Outland scored when Hilliard singled on the infield. Lee then drew a walk.

Hilliard scored on a White RBI-single and Lee scored on a wild pitch. Bridgers was then hit by a pitch and Murphy walked to load the bases. Bridgers scored on an error and then Richard Beam drew a bases-loaded walk.

Jermaine Deloatch then delivered a two-run single as did Outland. Hilliard had an RBI-single and Lee had a two-run homer that ended the contest.

Lee pitched both innings for the win, allowing one run on one hit and striking out six.

In the second game, Hilliard was just as brilliant, allowing one hit while pitching four innings for the win. He also allowed one run, but struck out 10.

Northampton opened the scoring with three runs in the top of the first inning.

Jermaine Deloatch and Outland each walked. Deloatch then scored on a Hilliard RBI-single to make it 1-0. Lee was hit to load the bases, allowing Outland to score when William Martin singled.

Hilliard scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0.

The Chargers added their only run of game two in the bottom of the first, leaving the Rams ahead 3-1.

Northampton scored two runs in the top of the second stanza. Robert Pavey and Deloatch each reached on an error. Outland then singled to center to load the bases.

Deloatch scored when Lee was hit by a pitch and courtesy runner Jordan White scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-1.

The Rams added three more in the top of the third inning.

Beam walked and Dwayne Deloatch had a bunt single. Jermaine Deloatch plated the pair on a two-run double and then scored on an error on the play to make it 8-1.

The final five runs for Northampton-East came in the top of the fourth.

Hilliard singled to right, Lee was hit by a pitch and Bridgers walked to load the bases.

Beam drew a bases-loaded walk, Dwayne Deloatch singled and Pavey had an RBI-groundout. Beam then scored on an error before Outland’s RBI-double gave the Rams a 13-1 lead.

Weldon was not able to score in the bottom of the fourth, thus ending the contest.

The Rams beat out 17 hits in the double-header. Outland and Hilliard led the attack with four hits each. Jeremaine Deloatch had three and White and Dwayne Deloatch posted two each. Lee and Martin had one hit each.

“We got good pitching and timely hits today,” Rams’ skipper Rick Heckler said. “We have won four straight. We have a good attitude and our spirits are up.”

The sweep pushed the Rams to 6-11 overall and 5-3 in Tar-Roanoke Conference play. They will host Northampton-West today (Thursday) at 4:30 p.m.