DUDLEY — The New Bern Bears defeated Southern Wayne 6-0 Tuesday night in game that was one-sided from the beginning.
Southern Wayne’s struggles began early when, with a man on third, starting pitcher Will Pennington threw a wild pitch that allowed the New Bern baserunner to score. Southern Wayne allowed their second run of the inning when the New Bern batter hit a ball to the third baseman, and he opted to throw the ball to first base for the safe out which allowed the New Bern runner to come home.
After the first two runs of the game were scored, the game remained scoreless until the fifth inning when New Bern scored again by using smart base running tactics. The New Bern runner from first got caught in a run down between first and second base. So while the Saints defense was focused on recording the second out of the inning, the Bears runner on third was able to come home. The Saints were able to tag the runner out between first and second base, but not before the runner from third base could home to score for the Bears.
Due to a high pitch count, starting pitcher Will Pennington was pulled from the game in the top of the fifth inning, and replaced by reliever Alex Davis. With the Saints still only trailing 3-0, head coach Trae McKee was hoping Davis would be able to keep them in the game. This was not the case, however, as Alex Davis gave up two runs in the inning, and going into the bottom of the fifth inning the Saints trailed 5-0.
The Saints were never able to get their bats going in the next three innings, and they lost by a final score of 6-0.
McKee blamed the loss on the lack of being able to hit the ball in play.
“We need to find a way to score some runs, and we have to find a way to cross home plate,” McKee said. “We hit a lot of balls that were right at (opposing defenders).”
With the loss, Southern Wayne is now 4-7 for the season overall and 2-7 in Eastern Carolina 3A/4A conference play. With the win, New Bern improves to 5-6 overall and 5-6 within Eastern Carolina 3A/4A conference play.
Southern Wayne will be looking for better results when they take on New Bern again on Thursday in New Bern.