Rams heat up on a cold night to down West Carteret

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Havelock's Taylor Forehand delivers a pitch against West Carteret Thursday night. Forehand pitched five innings and got the victory as the Rams won 9-3.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM.

On a cold night, Havelock’s bats needed a couple of innings to warm up.

The Rams scored five runs in the fourth inning, breaking up a close contest, and went on to beat West Carteret 9-3 Thursday night at Havelock High.

“It’s been a three-game week and it’s been a very emotional week, and so we did get a late start,” said Havelock centerfielder Abby Clark, referring to the death of Havelock High math teacher Amanda Lawrence-Lane. “After we got our minds together and started working as a team, we jumped on it and started doing what we do best.”

Clark said the players just have to battle through the cold temperatures, which were in the 40s throughout the contest.

“It’s hard to keep the intensity up when it’s this cold,” Clark said. “That’s when we need to just stay fired up in the dugout and keep talking to stay warm. It takes motivation to keep going when it’s cold outside, but I feel like we’re pretty good at doing that. We just got a late start today.”

Mercedes Hargett’s sacrifice fly scored Taylor Forehand, who had singled earlier, giving the Rams (6-3, 3-3) their first run and tying the contest at 1-1 in the third.

In the fourth, Brittany Craig and Laniesha Nolan led off with bunt singles. Freshman Sam Howell drove a ball into left-center for a two-run single, giving Havelock a 3-1 lead.

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