Rams fall to West Craven

Published: Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 12:52 AM.

With 3A state playoff implications riding on the game for both teams Friday night, and it being West Craven’s Senior Night, emotions were palpable from the first pitch as the Havelock took on the Eagles Friday night.

The drama only intensified from there, with the winning team making the playoffs and the losing team sitting home for the postseason.

While the Eagles started only two seniors in Justin Taylor and Adam Stephens, it was a sophomore and a junior that won the game in the end for West Craven, 7-6.

Both teams’ aces, Josh Little of Havelock and Taylor for West Craven, struggled and got hit hard early.

After Havelock tied the game 6-6 in the top of the seventh on a passed-ball strike three, and a throwing error, the stage was set for a potential West Craven walkoff.

With two outs, Jason Parker ripped a double to left-center off Havelock reliever Cameron Carpenter. Carpenter then intentionally walked Anthony Rossi to get to Adam Amerson.

Amerson lofted a blooper toward right field that fell between Havelock’s Tanner Johnson and Josh Little. Parker raced around third, slid underneath and into Rams’ catcher Travis Sabdo and was called safe for the winning run, sending the Eagles into the playoffs and delirium - and the Rams home.

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