Bertie grabs baseball win

Published 4:03 pm Friday, March 11, 2011

WINDSOR – Bertie High School grabbed its first baseball victory of the season here Wednesday.

The Falcons downed SouthWest Edgecombe 2-1 in the non-conference contest.

Joseph Eure pitched all seven innings for the Falcons, allowing just one hit and one unearned run. He struck out nine and walked two for the victory.

SouthWest took the lead 1-0 in the top of the third inning, but Bertie came right back in the home half of the frame.

With two outs, Javier Pagola walked and then moved to second on passed ball. He took third on a base hit by Eure and then scored when Matthew Hoggard delivered an RBI-single to tie the game.

“Heading into the seventh, I told the guys that if we kept them from scoring, we were going to win in the bottom of the seventh,” Bertie Head Coach Randy Whitaker said.

Eure did an outstanding job and kept cruising on the mound and left the Falcons with a tie game heading into the home half of the final stanza.

Adam Cowand led off the inning with a walk and then moved to second on a passed ball.

Pagola then sacrificed Cowand to third and he came around to score when Eure laced an RBI-single for the game-winner.

Eure also led the Falcons offensively, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Hoggard was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Justin Byrum had the Falcons’ other hit.

“It felt good,” Whitaker said of the win. “The guys have been working hard. I was proud of them.”

The Bertie coach said his team did a better job of bouncing back.

“We made a couple of errors, but we didn’t fall apart,” he said. “They stayed positive and everything worked out.”

Whitaker said he was also pleased with the way Eure pitched.

“Joseph pitched a great game,” he said. “We made a couple of errors behind him, but he didn’t lose his composure.”