Bears rally past Eagles

Published 8:52 am Tuesday, April 27, 2010

AHOSKIE – Four runs in the bottom of the sixth avenged an earlier loss for Hertford County High School here Friday.

The Bears scored four times in the sixth to break open an 8-all tie as they knocked off Northeastern High School 12-8 in a Northeastern Coastal Conference baseball game.

“This was a big win for since they beat us the first time we played,” HCHS skipper Chris Towell said. “We took advantage of their mistakes.”

The Eagles opened the scoring with a solo mark in the top of the first frame but Hertford County responded with two in the home half of the inning.

Tyler Burden was hit by a pitch, but was erased when Marvin Harrell reached via fielder’s choice. Harrell took third on a Daniel Merritt single to center and then scored on a wild pitch.

Merritt advanced to second on the wild pitch and scored on a Brandon Warren RBI-single to center as the Bears grabbed a 2-1 lead.

Hertford County came back with five runs in the bottom of the second stanza.

Tucker Warren was hit by a pitch before Brandon Nichols and Bobby Merritt drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Tucker Warren then scored on a Burden RBI-fielder’s choice.

Nichols and Burden scored on a Harrell two-run double to left-centerfield. Harrell moved to third on a Daniel Merritt single and then scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Brandon Warren. Merritt took second on the sacrifice and went to third on a wild pitch. He scored on another wild pitch to give HCHS a 7-1 lead.

Hertford County added another run in the bottom of the third. Tucker Warren reached on a dropped third strike and scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-1.

Northeastern rallied to score three runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and three in the sixth to tie the game at 8-all heading into the bottom of the sixth frame.

Burden walked in the bottom of the sixth and moved to second on a wild pitch. He took third on a Harrell sacrifice fly and then gave the Bears the lead for good when he scored on a wild pitch.

Daniel Merritt then drew a walk before Brandon Warren hit a two-run homer to left, his seventh dinger of the season. Mitchell Godwin then had an infield single for the Bears.

Courtesy runner Brandon Taylor went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Tucker Warren RBI-single to right to give the Bears a 12-8 lead.

Brandon Warren pitched all seven innings for the win, allowing eight runs on seven hits while striking out nine. He improved to 7-1 for the season.

The Bears had seven hits, led by Warren’s two hits and four RBIs. Daniel Merritt also had two hits.

“Brandon pitched a solid game and we made the plays behind him to pull this game out,” Towell said. “This should give us momentum for the rest of the season.”

Hertford County improved to 14-5 overall and 7-2 in the league. They will host Pasquotank County High School Friday night in celebration of the third annual Lee Britt Night. First pitch is 7 p.m.