The Havelock High baseball team opened the Pitt County Easter Tournament by beating Heritage but then fell to Northern Nash in a second-round contest.
Against Heritage on Saturday, the Rams scored five runs in the first three innings and rolled to a 9-2 victory.
Freshman Cameron Carpenter got the complete-game victory on the mound for the Rams, giving up two earned runs on seven hits. He struck out nine and walked two.
Havelock scored two runs in the first inning and added three more in the third to lead 5-0. Heritage answered with a run in the top of the fourth, but the Rams responded with three more in the fifth and another in the sixth, putting the contest away.
At the plate, Aron Rossi was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Josh Little was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Pharoh Cooper was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Carpenter was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Justice Provencher and Ryan Lewis each went 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Will Blythe collected Havelock’s other hit.
In the tournament’s second round on Monday night, Havelock lost 8-6 to Northern Nash.
The Rams trailed 7-0 in the fourth inning, with Northern Nash taking advantage of a couple of errors, wild pitches and some timely hitting to grab the early lead.
Havelock pushed a run across in the bottom of the fourth inning, scored three more in the fifth and two in the sixth to trail 7-6 going into the seventh inning.
The Knights got a run in the top of the seventh, and one last rally by the Rams fell short in the bottom half.
At the plate for Havelock, Lewis was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Rossi was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Cooper went 3-for-5 and Austin Coley was 2-for-3 as part of a 13-hit Havelock attack. Provencher and Toler each went 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Blythe and Carpenter collected the other hits for the Rams.
Carpenter and Little scored two runs each, while Cooper added a stolen base.
Toler took the loss on the mound for the Rams, going 3 2/3 innings and surrendering seven runs, six of which were unearned. He struck out five, walked three and gave up three hits.
Little went 3 1/3 innings, giving up an unearned run on two walks and a hit while striking out eight.
The Rams concluded play in the tournament Tuesday night with a scheduled contest against North Pitt, but details of that contest were not available.
The Rams are next scheduled to return to Coastal 3A Conference play against D.H. Conley at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Greenville.