The Havelock Rams had just scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to gain a 4-0 advantage on Pamlico Thursday night.
In the Hurricanes’ half of the fourth, Jacob Willis led off with a solo home run to left-center, followed by a Trent Prescott single that sparked a Pamlico rally.
That rally turned out to be short-lived, as Rams centerfielder Pharoh Cooper charged, dived and made a tremendous catch to rob Bradley Bennett of a base hit.
Cooper then popped to his feet and threw to first for a double play. Havelock tacked on two more runs, while the Hurricanes could manage only one, in a 6-2 Rams win at Pamlico High School.
“Pharoh (Cooper) is a pleasure to coach and more people need to come out and see this young man play baseball, because he is a great player and a joy to coach,” Havelock coach Charlie Smith said. “He got everything going for us tonight. We were striking out a lot early, then he gets a base hit and everybody starts hitting, not to mention the great catch.”
Cooper also went 2-for-4 with a run scored, two stolen bases and an RBI.
Cameron Carpenter got the win on the mound for Havelock (6-4), tossing five innings, while allowing one run on six hits and striking out four.
Donnie Richards, Randy Gibson and Will Blythe each drove in one run each.
Rams’ catcher Chris Toler gunned down two Pamlico base runners attempting to steal second.
“I thought Toler was big for us tonight behind the plate and I thought CC (Cameron Carpenter) pitched really well for us,” Smith said.
For Pamlico coach Mike Twichell Jr., the loss ended a two-game winning streak.
“It’s all about our approach at the plate,” he said. “When we take a good approach and make sure we hit good pitches, we hit the ball very well.
“What has won us some games this season – being aggressive on the basepaths and using hit-and-runs – hurt us tonight. Bottom line is – we just have to get it done.”
Pamlico was led by Willis’ home run, and he and Prescott each went 2-for-3 with an RBI apiece.
Shane Hardison pitched for Pamlico (4-6) and surrendered six runs (two earned) on six hits and struck out nine.