Falcons win conference game

Published 12:06 pm Monday, March 19, 2012

WINDSOR – The young Bertie Falcons continue moving forward.

Friday, the Bertie baseball team grabbed an 11-10 win over Pasquotank County High School to record their first Northeastern Coastal Conference victory in two seasons.

“I knew coming into the game both teams were young,” BHS skipper Randy Whitaker said. “Both teams battled hard. The bottom of the order produced for us today.

“I am proud of the team,” he continued. “We stayed together. We talked about finishing the game and we did. This was a great conference win.”

The Panthers opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first, but Bertie battled back in the second stanza.

Tommy Cowan and Matthew Evans each drew walks and advanced on a wild pitch. Cowan scored on a Nicholas Forward RBI-single. On a double steal, Evans scored on an error on the play to tie the game at 2-all.

Pasquotank then added a run in the top of the third to retake the lead, but the Falcons again came back.

Adam Cowand singled to right, stole second and took third on a wild pitch. He then scored when Evans reached on a dropped third strike to tie the game at 3.

The Panthers scored another run in the visitor’s half of the fourth to surge ahead 4-3.

Bertie, however, roared back with seven runs in the bottom of the inning.

Forward singled to center to start the offensive output. He moved to third when Talanti Askew reached on a two-base error. Noah Hayes had an RBI-bunt single to score Forward and tie the game at four.

Askew then scored on a Chad Johnson single to right. Chris Johnson was hit by a pitch and loaded the bases.

Alex Harmon drew a bases-loaded walk to force home one run and then Cowand delivered an RBI-single. Another run scored on an error before Evans had an RBI-groundout. Forward plated the final run of the inning with an RBI-single that made it 10-4.

The Panthers came back to score three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to tie the game heading into the home half of the last inning.

With two out, Askew had an infield single. Whitaker rolled the dice on a steal and the ball sailed into center field, allowing Askew to score the winning run.

Cowan started for Bertie and pitched two innings. Harmon also tossed two innings and Cowand pitched the final three for the win.

In all, the Falcons recorded 10 hits led by Forward, who had three. Askew and Cowand had two each.

The win boosted the Falcons to 1-1 in the Northeastern Coastal Conference and 2-5 overall.