Patience helps Rams break out of slump

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Havelock’s Ryan Lewis is a little late applying the tag as White Oak’s Jack Koonce slides safely into second base on Tuesday at Havelock High. The Rams used a big fourth inning to win 10-4.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM.

The Havelock baseball team needed something to break out of its slump. That thing proved to be patience.

Ram batters walked four times before Austin Coley delivered a big hit in a six-run fourth inning, as Havelock defeated White Oak 10-4 Tuesday at Havelock High.

“We’ve got a couple of hitters who are overly aggressive,” Havelock coach Charlie Smith said. “We went three batters and they threw only two strikes, so we were trying to take pitches a little bit, get a good count and put the pressure back on them. That was big.”

The Rams, losers of seven of their last eight games, trailed 4-1 in the second inning, thanks in part to two errors and an RBI double from White Oak’s Tyler Jobe.

Coley prevented another run when he threw a strike to catcher Chris Toler, who tagged out White Oak’s Troy Jurney at the plate, ending the inning.

That set the stage for a Havelock comeback. The Rams got two runs in the bottom of the second, with Coley getting a single and scoring on an error, and Pharoh Cooper delivering another run on an infield hit.

Still down 4-3 in the fourth with two outs, Cooper, Will Blythe, Aron Rossi and Josh Little had consecutive walks, producing the tying run. Cameron Carpenter then reached on an error, producing the go-ahead run.

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