Patience helps Rams break out of slump

Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM.

Coley then smacked a two-run double to left-center, and two more runners crossed the plate when the Vikings couldn’t field a ball off the bat of Justice Provencher. Just like that, the Rams scored six runs on just one hit.

“Austin Coley’s coming around,” Smith said. “He struggled the first third of the season, but he looks real comfortable at the plate right now.”

Havelock also settled down defensively. Cooper made a running catch of a fly ball to center and then threw to a stretching Ryan Lewis to double up a White Oak runner at second base. The Rams didn’t make an error after the third inning.

Meanwhile, Little relieved starting pitcher Rossi in the third, giving up just one infield hit in five innings and striking out five to get the victory.

“When Josh Little comes in, his ball just sinks hard at the plate,” Smith said. “Those guys just top it out there for those easy ground balls. Sometimes, they end up in no man’s land, but Josh has been pitching real well.”

Coley led Havelock at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Cooper was also 2-for-3 with an RBI and two steals. Blythe was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, while Rossi had an RBI double in three trips to the plate, and Carpenter was 1-for-3. Lewis and Toler each supplied a sacrifice bunt.

With the victory, the Rams improve to 8-11 overall and 3-6 in the Coastal 3A Conference with an eye on one of five league playoff spots.

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