Freshman Howell drives in winning runs in four-run sixth.

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Havelock's Emily Bowman dives safely back to first base in front of the throw to New Bern first baseman Mary Grace Lee on Thursday at Havelock High.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 08:58 AM.

New Bern pitcher Mary Lyons was strong in holding the Havelock offense down all night — until the sixth inning.

The Rams rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth, and relief pitcher Taylor Forehand silenced the Bear bats in the seventh as Havelock won 6-3 Thursday night.

Havelock had two runners on and one out when Emily Bowman delivered a hard-hit grounder that seemed destined for right field. However, when runner Brittany Craig took off from first, the ball skipped up and connected with Craig’s leg, signifying the second out of the inning.

Lindsey Niemietz singled to load the bases, and Havelock catcher Laniesha Nolan was due up, but had to exit the game after the third inning due to injury. Emily Clayborn, Nolan’s replacement, was up to take her first cuts of the season. Clayborn was plunked by Lyons, allowing Mercedes Hargett to score and tie the game, 3-3.

Cue freshman Samantha Howell. Howell toed the plate and smashed a line shot to right-center field, bringing in two runs to give the Rams their first lead since the first inning.

“I was just going up there and trying not to strike out,” said Howell, who also singled and scored in the first inning. “I just knew I had to get the ball in play however I could.

“Once I hit it, I knew at least one run would score. So many emotions and things were going through my mind.”

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