HCHS falls to Northeastern

Published 12:40 pm Monday, March 21, 2011

AHOSKIE – Northeastern rallied for 10 runs in the top of the seventh and knocked off Hertford County 17-12 here Friday night.

The loss, the second straight for the Bears after opening the season with a six-game winning streak, dropped HCHS to 6-2 overall and 0-2 in the Northeastern Coastal Conference.

The Eagles opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first frame.

The Bears, however, bounced back to score four in the same inning.

Tyler Burden, Marvin Harrell and Daniel Merritt drew consecutive walks to load the bases. Burden scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-1 and then Brandon Warren belted a three-run homer over the center field fence to collect his fourth of the season and push HCHS ahead 4-2.

The Bears added another run in the bottom of the third. That mark came on Warren’s solo homerun as Hertford County surged ahead 5-2.

Northeastern scored one in the top of the fourth and four in the top of the fifth frame as they surged ahead 7-5.

Hertford County tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, however,

Warren received an intentional walk, stole second and scored on an error. Tyler Pryor then hit a solo homer to right to deadlock the game at 7-all.

HCHS vaulted into the lead with five runs in the bottom of the sixth stanza.

Burden walked and moved all the way around to third on a Harrell single to left. Daniel Merritt then dropped a two-run double into center, scoring Burden and Harrell

Warren was again walked intentionally before Tucker Warren ripped a three-run homer to left-centerfield giving the Bears a 12-7 advantage.

Northeastern, however, scored 10 runs in the top of the seventh and took a 17-12 lead into the home half of the final inning.

With one out, Harrell walked and then Brandon Warren got an intentional walk after the second out had been recorded. Tucker Warren also drew a free pass, but a fly out ended the contest.

Brandon Warren pitched six innings, allowing seven runs. Harrell, Burden and Pryor all pitched in the top of the seventh with Harrell suffering the loss.

The Bears recorded eight hits with Brandon Warren leading the way. He had two hits, both homeruns, and four RBIs. Tucker Warren had three hits, including a homerun, and had three RBIs. Daniel Merritt had one hit and two RBIs while Pryor had one hit and 1 RBI. Harrell had a single hit.

The Bears will be back in action tonight (Tuesday) when they host First Flight High School at 7 p.m.