For three innings, the New Bern pitching staff was up to its old tricks – not allowing hits, that is.
Fresh off the heels of a combined no-hitter against Northern Nash, 15-year old starter Colin Schmid didn’t surrender his first until the bottom of the fourth inning Friday in a 6-2 victory over Havelock.
Will Blythe reached on an infield single to disrupt the no-hit streak.
New Bern (3-0) scored three runs in the opening inning off Havelock starter Josh Little, and tacked on a fourth on an RBI double from Kyle Gaskins for a 4-0 cushion.
Havelock’s bats came alive in the bottom of the sixth, as Randy Gibson delivered an RBI single and Jalen Norris scored on an error.
“I thought Schimd was good tonight, not great like he was against Northern Nash,” New Bern coach Gary Smith said. “He seemed like he couldn’t get into a great rhythm out there. Then Cole Green came in and had a good fifth inning, but left some fastballs out in front in the sixth that Havelock showed they can hit.”
After the Rams (0-3) cut the deficit in half in the sixth, momentum was starting to shift to their side – but it was very short lived.
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.”
Havelockis scheduled to host Swansboro at 4 p.m. on Friday before opening conference play against D.H. Conley at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Havelock High.