Havelock breaks losing streak, beats West Craven

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 11:04 PM.

In all, West Craven pitchers walked eight Havelock hitters and hit two others with pitches.

“You give up 10 walks it’s kind of hard to beat a team,” West Craven coach Michael McKeel said. “We hit the ball pretty well, but 10 walks, you’re not going to beat many people.”

Little made the lead hold up. He pitched a complete game, allowing two earned runs on six hits with eight strikeouts.

“I was extremely confident with Josh on the mound. He’s our guy,” James said of the future Pitt Community College player. “I didn’t think he had his best stuff. I’ve seen him throw better, but obviously he gutted it out.”

West Craven got on the board in the first when Adam Stephens’ single plated Anthony Rossi, who started the game with an infield hit. The Eagles narrowed the margin to 4-2 in the fifth when Hunter Games tripled to left and scored on Noah Lewis’ groundout. However, Little didn’t allow an Eagle runner over the final two innings and got solid defense from the Rams who made just one error in the contest.

“That’s a plus when you’re playing in one-run and two-run games,” James said. “We’ve had that bite us and have committed some errors, but one error, we cut down on those physical mistakes.”

Johnson had two of Havelock’s five hits on the night, with Lewis, Carpenter and Drew Simcox collecting the others.

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