Bears edge Currituck

Published 1:51 pm Friday, April 8, 2011

AHOSKIE – Brandon Warren continues to lead Hertford County High School’s baseball squad.

The senior right-hander gave up just two hits on the mound here Wednesday night and belted his team-leading seventh homerun of the season to power the Bears past Currituck County High School 5-4.

The win helped the Bears even their Northeastern Coastal Conference mark at 3-3 while improving to 9-3 overall.

Hertford County started the scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first frame.

Marvin Harrell singled on the infield and went to second on an error. He advanced to third on a Daniel Merritt single. Warren then drew a walk to load the bases.

Harrell scored on a bases-loaded walk issued to Tucker Warren and then Merritt scored when Mitchell Godwin drew a walk, making it 2-0.

The Bears added another run in the bottom of the third.

Tyler Pryor doubled to left-centerfield and went to third on a Godwin sacrifice fly. He then scored on a Bobby Merritt RBI-single to center, giving HCHS a 3-0 lead.

In the top of the fourth frame, Currituck loaded the bases with one out, but a strikeout and a line out ended the threat.

The Bears, however, made the most of their opportunity in the bottom of the fourth.

Daniel Merritt doubled down the left-field line and then Warren hit his two-run shot to give the Bears a 5-0 lead.

Currituck scored four runs in the top of the fifth, all coming on a Nick Gorza grand slam homer that closed the gap to 5-4.

Neither teams scored in the sixth inning, leaving the Knights with just one more opportunity.

In the seventh, Currituck put runners on first and second with two out, but a groundout ended the game.

Brandon Warren pitched all seven innings, allowing four runs on two hits and striking out 13 as he raised his record to 4-0 for the season.

The Bears had nine hits led by Harrell and Daniel Merrit, each of who recorded two of those.

The Bears will play at First Flight High School Tuesday at 7 p.m.