New Bern pitching slows Havelock

Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 08:53 AM.

Bears’ shortstop Austin King led off the top of the seventh with a walk and stole second base, before Josh Taylor got a swing off Rams’ reliever Cameron Carpenter.

Carpenter dealt a fastball to Taylor, who promptly deposited the ball over the fence in dead center.

“I wasn’t trying to hit the ball out or anything,” Taylor said. “I just got a pitch up in the zone and put a good swing on it. It was my first hit of the season.”

It was Havelock’s second loss to New Bern in five days. The Rams fell to the Bears 4-1 on Feb. 28 in the first game of the season for both squads.

For the Rams, the team is just coming together upon getting starters Pharoh Cooper and Blythe back from basketball season.

“I think we saw some potential there tonight,” Havelock coach Charlie Smith said. “With just getting some players back and we had some not here tonight as well, we can still get to where we need to be to get ready for play in the Coastal Conference.

“I like the way Josh (Little) came back and battled on the mound after giving up three runs in the first. We didn’t give up, but New Bern is a darn good team and you can’t afford to put yourself in a hole against them.”

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