Eagles score in top of the ninth to beat Rams 2-1


Havelock's Josh Little leaps into the air to field a ball off the bat of West Craven's Michael Coombs during a Coastal 3A Conference game on Friday at Havelock High. The Rams lost the game 2-1 in nine innings.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 12:29 AM.

In essence, Havelock and West Craven played a playoff game on Friday at Havelock High.

Though it was a regular-season Coastal 3A Conference game, a loss would eliminate the Rams from playoff contention, while a victory would lock up a playoff spot for the Eagles.

With a playoff-type atmosphere, the game went extra innings, with Antony Rossi plating the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth as the Eagles won 2-1.

Havelock starter Josh Little got the first two Eagle hitters in the top of the ninth, but back-to-back errors put two runners aboard, and Rossi singled sharply to center, scoring Josh Pate to put West Craven on top.

“We did that with two outs, and that’s what this team is about,” West Craven coach Michael McKeel said. “They’re fighters, and we’re going to keep fighting, and hopefully something good is going to come out of it.”

Havelock showed some fight of its own in the bottom of the ninth when Austin Coley walked and Ryan Lewis reached on an error. However, Chris Toler chopped a ball back to West Craven pitcher Logan Nobles, who threw to first for the game’s final out.

Nobles pitched an inning to get the save, but starter Michael Coombs pitched eight, giving up a run on six hits while striking out 10.

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