Seventh-inning error proves costly for Rams

Published: Friday, April 12, 2013 at 09:32 AM.

The West Craven Eagles took advantage of a seventh-inning error and rallied for a 4-3 victory over Havelock in a Coastal 3A Conference game Thursday in Vanceboro.

The Rams led 3-1 in the seventh, but with two outs, three West Craven batters reached base while down to their final strikes.

With Logan Nobles on first, Michael Coombs coaxed a walk as did Justin Taylor.

Nobles then scored on a wild pitch, cutting Havelock’s lead to 3-2 as Jackson Parker stepped to the plate.

Parker then hit a grounder in the hole that Havelock shortstop Justice Provencher fielded and let loose a throw that ricocheted off the glove of Cameron Carpenter, allowing Coombs to score the tying run and Taylor the winning run.

“It was a huge win for us, a game we absolutely had to have,” West Craven coach Mike McKeel said. “It’s a tough loss for (Havelock coach) Charlie (Smith) and the Havelock kids, but sometimes things just go your way and they did for us tonight.”

Chris Toler pitched the entire game for the Rams giving up seven hits. Josh Little delivered an RBI double for Havelock, and Aron Rossi scored two runs. Havelock scored two of its three runs on wild pitches or passed balls, and managed just two hits in the contest.

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