Rams rally to beat White Oak in extra innings

The Havelock High baseball team scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat White Oak 9-8 in its final home game of the season.

The victory came after the Rams (7-17, 5-7) scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, tying the game at 8-8 and forcing extra innings.

On Senior Night, senior Alex Verduzco was 4-for-4 with two RBIs to lead Havelock at the plate. Junior Renwick was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Grant Callaway was 2-for-5 with an RBI, while Dylan Miller was 1-for-1 with an RBI. Zach Sabdo drove in a run on a 1-for-4 night.

Sam Callaway got the victory on the mound, allowing four hits and two runs in three innings of relief while striking out two. He shut out White Oak in the eighth and ninth innings.

The Rams fell behind 4-1 after three innings, but scored three runs in the fourth to get back in a game that included lead changes in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings before Havelock’s late rally to tie the game and force extra innings.

West Craven 11, Havelock 4

Havelock began its game against Coastal 3A Conference-leading West Craven thinking of an upset.

In the end, the Eagles rallied from a three-run deficit to take an 11-4 victory Friday at Havelock High.

In the bottom of the first inning, Renwick took the first pitch from West Craven starter Gavin Hill over the left-center field wall for his second home run of the season. Havelock tacked on two more runs on three hits and two Eagle errors for a 3-0 lead.

But the Rams mustered little offense after that, and West Craven took the lead in the fourth, scoring three runs on three hits and an error and then scored six runs in the fifth inning, after coach Mike McKeel had a heated discussion with the umpire about the lack of a balk call against Havelock’s pitcher.

Havelock made five errors in the fifth inning.

“It’s killed us in so many games this year,” Havelock assistant coach Chase Holleman said of the errors. “You can’t give Mike’s (McKeel’s) team an inch. They’re too good at hitting the ball.”

Holleman was acting as head coach with Rams’ skipper Matt James not at the game Friday.

Renwick went 4-for-4 and missed hitting for the cycle by a double to lead the Rams, who totaled nine hits. Sam Callaway was 1-for-3 with an RBI, as was Rayce Harrelson. Verduzco, Travis Kosner and Don Ketcham had Havelock’s other hits.

“I think you look at it tonight, we had four really good innings,” Holleman said. “Junior gave us some good momentum early and then after Mike’s encounter with the umpire, they started turning up their hitting.”

Havelock 18, Richlands 1

Havelock scored nine runs in the fourth inning and handled Richlands 18-1 in a league game last week.

Renwick homered on a 2-for-4 night and drove in four runs to lead the Rams. Sabdo was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, and Harrelson was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Ketcham was 1-for-4 with two RBIs, while Sam Callaway and Verduzco were each 1-for-2 with an RBI. Kosner drove in a pair of runs, and Tanner Murray was 1-for-1 with an RBI and three runs scored.

Renwick got the victory on the mound, allowing one run on two hits while striking out three in five innings.

Ken Buday and Jordan Honeycutt contributed to this story.