Havelock breaks losing streak, beats West Craven

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West Craven's Anthony Rossi leaps past Havelock catcher Travis Sabdo as he tries to field the ball to score the Eagles' first run in the first inning on Wednesday at Havelock High. Havelock went on to win the game 4-2.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 11:04 PM.

Havelock coach Matt James was feeling pretty good Wednesday night.

“We finally got one,” he said.

A pair of timely hits and the pitching of Josh Little helped the Rams break a six-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over West Craven in a Coastal 3A Conference game at Havelock High.

Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, Havelock (5-8, 1-5) loaded the bases on Ryan Lewis’ infield hit and walks to Justice Provencher and Tanner Johnson. With two outs, Cameron Carpenter lined a double into left-center field, scoring two runs and putting the Rams up for good.

“He had a monkey on his back, and that had to feel good for him to come through in a critical spot,” James said of Carpenter. “He’s been up in a lot of those situations where he just hasn’t been able to pull the trigger, but he got it done tonight.

“It was a big lift for us when we went down 1-0. That’s been typical for us this year. We start slow and get behind. We’ve been playing from behind all year.”

The Rams got two more runs in the third when Travis Sabdo and Ryan Helms walked, and Provencher was hit by a pitch. Johnson ripped a two-run double just inside the right-field line, providing the Rams a 4-1 lead.

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