West Craven shuts down Havelock

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West Craven’s Rendi Wetherington slides into the third base ahead of Sam Howell's tag during Thursday's softball game in Vanceboro. Watching the play was Havelock pitcher Marcedes Hargett (13).

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Published: Friday, April 12, 2013 at 09:46 AM.

Mariah Harris played as a freshman and sophomore for West Craven’s varsity softball team prior to missing last season.

Back, as a senior, the left-handed pitcher hopes to guide the Eagles into the postseason — a destination with which most of the players are unfamiliar.

Harris was dominant on the mound as West Craven shut out Havelock 3-0 on Thursday. It was the Eagles’ first victory over the Rams in softball in many years.

“It’s a great feeling,” Harris said. “I wasn’t able to be out here for them last year, and now I am. This felt real good.”

Harris dazzled from the start. She had a no-hitter going until two outs in the fifth inning when Havelock’s Emily Bowman drove a base hit past the right side of West Craven’s defense.

“I was kind of nervous about it because once someone speaks of a no-hitter, it goes otherwise,” Harris said. “That’s what happened, but I didn’t let it get to me.”

Harris yielded three hits and struck out nine. She walked one and hit a batter.

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