A day after getting no hit, Cole Greene pitched a gem for the New Bern Bears.

A day after getting no hit, Cole Greene pitched a gem for the New Bern Bears.

The senior allowed just one base hit in a 4-0 shutout victory over the Havelock Rams Friday at Boykin Field in New Bern.

The Bears bounced back after a hitless 3-0 loss to D.H. Conley on Thursday.

Greene was near flawless. He didn’t give up a hit until Cameron Carpenter’s bloop single in the seventh inning. Only two other Havelock batters reached base – on an error and a walk.

Greene, a William Peace signee, pitched all seven innings. He struck out eight.

“It was the best outing he’s had as a New Bern player. He was efficient and threw a ton of strikes,” New Bern coach Gary Smith said.

The Bears’ offense plated two runs in the first inning. Victor Spellman’s RBI single drove home Colin Schmid. Later that inning, Tyler Mincavage stole home.

Davis Cook swiped home on a double steal in the third. Schmid had an RBI single in the fifth.

“I thought we came out with more energy,” Smith said. “It’s hard to play three games in three days but it was kind of a grind-it-out game. “We got hits when we needed them and Cole took care of the rest.”

Schmid reached base three times, on two singles and a walk. Mincavage and Doug Arnold contributed a hit apiece. The Bears stranded six runners on base.

“(Colin) has probably been our most consistent hitter,” Smith said. “He is our No. 3 guy, a left-handed hitter with power. That’s what you look for. He’s doing a good job.”

Havelock’s defense committed three errors while the Bears turned two double plays.

Carpenter, the Rams’ left-handed starting pitcher, gave up three runs (two earned) on three base hits in four innings. Christian Crowe pitched the final two innings.

The Rams (4-6) have lost four straight games.

“I was hoping we would start to pick it up a little bit. We are struggling right now,” said Havelock coach Matt James said. “We’ve started off slow in games. It happened again today and we dug ourselves in a hole.

“It was a lack of execution and struggling at the plate.”

Havelock is scheduled to host Jacksonville on Tuesday.

“These guys have to be pumped up about playing a game that they love and get motivated themselves,” James said. “They are going to have to do a lot of soul searching.

“We are shooting ourselves in the foot too much.”


                                            R  H  E

Havelock     000   000   0 – 0   1   3

New Bern    201   010   x – 4   5   1

WP – Cole Greene

LP – Cameron Carpenter

RBIs – New Bern: Victor Spellman, Colin Schmid. Multiple hits – New Bern: Schmid. Left on base – Havelock: 1, New Bern 6. Records – Havelock: 4-6, New Bern: 8-2. Up next – Jacksonville at Havelock, Tuesday; New Bern at J.H. Rose, Tuesday.

Adam Thompson is a reporter for the Sun Journal.