FAIRMONT — The debut of spring also brought the debut of the West Bladen golf team into the “W” column Thursday, as the Knights used the sunny and warm day to hand Fairmont a non-conference loss by 22 stokes.
Led by senior Kayla Thompson’s round of 81, West Bladen defeated the Golden Tornadoes 339-361, at Fairmont Golf Club.
The Knights also got a pair of 84s — one from Mason Smith and the other from Brett Jackson.
Gage Bailey carded a 90 for West Bladen and Zabe Singletary was right behind him at 91.
Blake Babson came in with a 113.
“We played a lot better Thursday than we played in our first two matches,” said West Bladen coach Phillip Penny. “The warmer weather seemed to make a difference. Hopefully we can build off of this win and continue to improve.”
— In Dunn on Thursday, the Lady Eagles dropped a heartbreaking Four County Conference game against Midway, 6-4, wasting a two-hit evening by four East Bladen hitters.
Errors helped the Lady Raiders take a 2-0 lead early, but East Bladen erupted for four runs in the third frame to open a 4-2 edge.
Midway fought back with a run in the bottom of the third and two more in the fifth to take a 5-4 advantage, then added a run in the sixth to seal the win.
“I thought we played very well considering we have only been on the field two times for practice,” said East Bladen coach Patty Evers. “We have been taking swings inside, but it doesn’t compare to being on the field.
“We definitely need more time working on our defense, and we are still trying to figure out positions,” she added.
The foursome of Miller Heustess, Lacey Suggs, Abby Ward and Lexi Dawson each had four hits for the Lady Eagles — Suggs and Dawson each had triples and an RBI.
— In Dunn on Wednesday, the Lady Eagles ran into a Midway buzz saw and fell to the Lady Raiders, 9-0.
Midway put six goals on the scoreboard in the first half and added three more in the second to seal the win.
Claire Campbell was credited with 12 saves in the nets for East Bladen.
— In Dunn on Thursday, East Bladen couldn’t manage a safety against Midway and fell to the Raiders 10-0 in a Four County Conference tilt.
Although the game remained scoreless through three innings, the Raiders erupted for eight runs across the next two frames to put the game out of reach.