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

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

Trailing 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning, Ratliffe entered the game for New Bern with the bases loaded.

A passed ball drew Rams’ baserunner Randy Gibson toward home plate, but New Bern catcher Chandler Seagle threw a strike to Ratliffe, who covered the base and tagged out Gibson for the third out.

“Last year, (Cayne) was a transfer kid from Virginia and we didn’t know much about him,” Smith said. “He didn’t get many innings at all last year because of all the pitchers we had.

“He worked hard over the fall to develop a breaking ball. He is probably going to be in that role most of the season.”

In the bottom half of the fourth, Sean Garbarino earned a one-out walk and advanced to third on a single by Syril Smith.

Gaskins then cranked a double off the wall scoring Garbarino and pinch-runner Doug Arnold. Austin Held, running for Gaskins, scored later in the inning on a wild pitch.

The Bears tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on Trent Wynn’s RBI single. Garbarino pitched a perfect seventh inning for the save.



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