Havelock falls to Bears, as pitching dominates to start baseball season

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 10:41 AM.

As expected, pitching is going to be ahead of hitting early in the season.

New Bern and Havelock pitchers combined for 27 strikeouts on a chilly Thursday evening.

Kyle Gaskins’ two-run double in the fourth sparked a three-run inning as the Bears opened their season with a 4-1 win over Havelock at Boykin Field in New Bern.

“I think everybody, especially in Eastern North Carolina, is in the same spot,” New Bern coach Gary Smith said. “We haven’t been on the field enough to get hitting in. Our only scrimmage got canceled so they have been hitting in the cage.”

New Bern senior Whitman Barnes struck out 11 in 3 2/3 innings. He yielded just one run on six hits with a pair of walks.

Senior Cayne Ratliffe earned the win in middle relief. He fanned four Havelock batters and tossed  2 1/3 scoreless innings.

“Whitman made big pitches when he needed to, then I thought Cayne was the story of the game,” Smith said.

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