Falcons pluck Eagles

Published 8:39 am Thursday, April 18, 2013

ELIZABETH CITY – Bertie High School’s baseball team rallied from a 4-1 deficit here Tuesday night and went on to down Northeastern 9-5 in a Northeastern Coastal Conference game.

Bertie opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning. Matthew Weaver reached first base on an error and stole second; he later scored on a Cody Matthews RBI single.

Northeastern scored two runs in the bottom of the first and added two more in the second as the Eagles led it 4-1 after two complete.

Bertie would re-seize the lead in the top of the fourth. Christian Bland, Archie Wesson, and Weaver all walked to load the bases. Javier Pagola then coaxed a fourth straight base-on-balls for an RBI. Adam Cowand followed and slapped a two run single scoring Wesson and Weaver. Pagola came home with the final run of the inning on a Matthews RBI groundout giving Bertie a 5-4 lead after three-and-a-half.

The Falcons added two more runs in the top of the sixth when Pagola walked and Cowand singled and both players pulled off a double-steal. Alex Harmon then had a two-run double scoring the pair and Bertie would lead it 7-4 after six innings.

Bertie got its final two runs in the top of the seventh when Wesson was hit by a pitch and scored on Weaver’s RBI double. Weaver then scored on a Pagola RBI single. The Eagles got a run back in the bottom of the seventh, but Bertie extinguished the comeback for a four-run win.

Cowand pitched four innings for the win on the mound allowing four runs on four hits and he had 5 strikeouts. Harmon pitched the final three innings for the save allowing a run on five hits and he also struck out five.  Cowand was also 3-for-3 to lead the Falcons at the plate.

Bertie raised its record to 8-7 and are now 3-5 in conference. They will try to pick up another win Friday night at home in Windsor against Pasquotank.