Bears record two no-hitters

Published 3:26 pm Monday, March 14, 2011

AHOSKIE – Hertford County High School pulled off a rare feat here Friday.

The Bears got their second no-hitter in a row when Brandon Warren blanked Gates County 12-0. That win came on the heels of a Wednesday no-hitter from Tyler Pryor that saw Hertford County beat Northampton-East 15-0.

In Friday’s outing, Warren gave up no hits while striking out five. He raised his record to 2-0 in 2011. Pryor had 10 strikeouts in his no-hitter against the Rams.

Friday, the Bears got going offensively with five runs in the bottom of the first frame.

Daniel Merritt drew a walk and came all the way around to score on a Warren double to right-centerfield. Tucker Warren then laced an RBI-single to left, which scored Brandon Warren.

Following a Pryor single to center, Mitchell Godwin belted a three-run homer that gave Hertford County a 5-0 lead after one complete inning of play.

HCHS added two more in the bottom of the second stanza.

Marvin Harrell singled to left and scored on an RBI-double by Merritt. Merritt then came around on a Brandon Warren single to center, giving the Bears a 7-0 lead.

Hertford County added another pair in the bottom of the fourth frame.

Merritt walked in that inning and was on base when Brandon Warren hit a two-run homer over the centerfield wall; his third of the season.

The final three runs for Hertford County came in the bottom of the fifth frame.

Tyler Burden singled on the infield and Harrell was hit by a pitch. Those two were onboard when Merritt delivered a three-run homerun to end the contest.

All in all, the Bears had 12 hits during the contest. Brandon Warren led the Bears with three hits and four RBIs. Daniel Merritt added two hits and four RBIs and Tucker Warren has two hits and an RBI. Pryor had three hits during the contest while Godwin had a hit and three RBIs.

The Bears improved to 6-0, the best start in school history, will play their Northeastern Coastal Conference opener at Edenton tonight (Tuesday). First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.