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Bertie tops SouthWest

WINDSOR – Bertie High School battled back to down SouthWest Edgecombe 10-8 here Monday night.

The Falcon baseball team got seven strong innings from Cody White, who allowed just three earned runs, as they won the non-conference baseball outing.

After surrendering a trio of runs in the first frame, the Falcons rallied for two of their own in the home half of the inning.

Simon Hoggard led off the frame with a walk and stole second. He scored when White reached on a two-base error. Following a strikeout, Cody White scored on a fielder’s choice by Hunter White to close the Bertie gap to 3-2.

SouthWest scored three more times in the top of the third to push the lead to 6-2, but again the Falcons responded as they plated two in the bottom of the inning.

Bryce Cullipher started things off with a walk and stole second. He scored on a double by Cody White. Hunter White then plated Cody White with a single to close the deficit to 6-4.

The Falcons took the lead for good when they sent three runs home in the bottom of the fourth frame.

Simon Hoggard and Cody White reached on back-to-back errors. Hoggard then scored on an RBI-single by Matthew Hoggard and White came home on an RBI-single by Hunter White. Matthew Hoggard made it 7-6 when he scored on an infield single by Devonte Holley.

The Falcons added three more in the bottom of the fifth frame.

Simon Hoggard singled and went all the way to third on an error. He scored on a single by Cody White. Matthew Hoggard then reached on an error, which sent White to third.

Matthew Hoggard attempted to steal second and got caught in a rundown allowing White to score, while Hoggard eventually reached second. Hoggard scored on an RBI-double by Hunter White to make it 10-6.

SouthWest added a run in the sixth and another in the seventh, but the Falcons held on for the victory.

“It felt really good for the guys,” said veteran BHS skipper Randy Whitaker. “The top of our lineup hit the ball well and we also got a good pitching performance from Cody.

“Defensively, we bent some, but didn’t break,” he added. “We got ourselves out of some tight situations. In other games this year, we’ve had an early lead, but we got one late this time and didn’t let it get away.”

Hunter White led the Falcons offensively by going 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a stolen base. Cody White was 2-for-4 with four runs scored, two RBIs and a stolen base.

Simon Hoggard was 1-for-3 with a trio of runs scored and a stolen base while Holley checked in at 1-for-2 with an RBI.

The Falcons (2-21) hosted rival Hertford County High School yesterday (Wednesday) in the season finale. That game ended too late for press time.