Bears top Bertie

Published 2:42 pm Wednesday, April 6, 2011

WINDSOR – Marvin Harrell and Tyler Pryor combined to pitch a shutout here Monday.

The two Hertford County High School pitchers scattered four hits over the course of the contest as the Bears knocked off league rival Bertie High School 8-0.

The Bears got on the board with a single run in the top of the first frame.

Tyler Burden had a bunt single and stole second. He then stole third and scored on an error on the play, giving HCHS a 1-0 lead.

Hertford County added two more in the top of the third inning.

Bobby Merritt singled to right and went to second on a balk. He advanced to third on a wild pitch before Burden walked and stole second.

Both runners came around to score when Brandon Warren had a two-run single to left field making it 3-0.

Bertie threatened in the home half of the third frame.

With two out, Devonte Holley doubled to right and went to third on a Joseph Eure single to left. A strikeout, however, ended the threat with the Bears still in front by three runs.

Hertford County scored two more runs in the top of the sixth stanza.

Daniel Merritt singled to left before Warren was walked intentionally. Both runners advanced on a Tucker Warren groundout. Merritt then raced home on a wild pitch and Warren, who advanced on the same play, scored on a Mitchell Godwin RBI-groundout to give HCHS a 5-0 lead.

The final three runs of the game came in the top of the seventh inning.

Bobby Merritt walked for Hertford County and went to third on a Burden infield single. Burden then swiped second.

Both runs scored on a Harrell two-run single to center. Harrell then stole second and went to third on an error. He scored on a Pryor RBI-single to center for the 8-0 lead.

Harrell tossed five innings for the win for Hertford County. He allowed no runs and four hits and struck out 10. Pryor pitched the final two innings. He allowed no runs, no hits and struck out three.

Eure pitched the complete game for Bertie allowing eight runs on eight hits and striking out 13.

Hertford County had eight hits led by Burden and Harrell with two each.

Adam Cowand had two hits to lead the Falcons.

HCHS improved to 8-3 overall and 2-3 in the Northeastern Coastal Conference. They will host Edenton Friday at 7 p.m.

Bertie fell to 0-6 in conference play and will welcome First Flight at 7 p.m. Friday.