CLINTON — An eight-run explosion in the second inning by the Lady Eagles of East Bladen sparked a 14-3 win over Clinton on Friday in Four County Conference action.
Coupled with the offensive outburst, East Bladen got a pitching gem from Miller Heustess and Lacey Suggs, who combined to twirl a four-hitter at the Lady Dark Horses.
The Lady Eagles struck quickly, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning.
Clinton got a run back, but East Bladen batted around and plated eight runs in that wild second frame to open a 12-1 lead. Each team scored a pair of runs the rest of the way.
“We played well offensively and defensive,” said East Bladen coach Patty Evers. “Miller and Lacey both did a good job in the circle — it was Lacey’s first game pitching on the high-school level.”
Heustess pitched the opening two innings for East Bladen, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a strikeout. Suggs finished up for the Lady Eagles, going the final three frames and giving up two runs on two hits, a walk and two strikeouts.
At the plate, Abbey Norris was 3-for-4 with three RBI, while Lexi Dawson had a double, three walks and an RBI. Suggs added a pair of hits and an RBI, and Abby Ward worked a pair of walks and scored four runs.
East Bladen is now 2-1 in the conference.
— In Teachey on Friday, West Bladen got a stellar pitching performance from Liston Britt and Jeremy Hunt to hand Wallace-Rose Hill a 9-0 whitewashing in Four County action.
The Knights are now 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
West Bladen struck for four runs in the second inning on an RBI single by C.J. Singletary and an RBI groundout from Michael Pastore.
An RBI single by Clay Allen in the fifth frame upped the Knights’ lead to 5-0 and, in the sixth, Pastore beat out a bases-loaded, infield hit for an RBI and Travis Bowen cleared the bases moments later with a three-run double to complete the scoring.
Britt went six innings on the hill for West Bladen, scattering two hits and fanning 11. Hunt pitched a perfect seventh with a pair of strikeouts.
— In Clinton on Friday, the Dark Horses untied a 2-2 knot in the home half of the sixth inning to nip visiting East Bladen in a Four County matchup, 3-2.
The Eagles were held to just six hits in the game, led by Kyle Tatum’s perfect 3-for-3 at the plate.
Alex Coates took the tough loss on the hill for East Bladen, and held Clinton to five hits and two walks.
East Bladen is now 1-2 in the conference.
— In Teachey on Friday, it was an ending not worthy of the beginning for the Lady Knights of West Bladen, as Wallace-Rose Hill rallied for a 4-2 Four County Conference win.
The loss drops West Bladen to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
In the top of the first, an error brought home West Bladen’s first run, and Nicole Wyatt drove home the second for a 2-0 Lady Knights lead.
But Wallace-Rose Hill scratched out four runs against West Bladen the rest of the way to earn the win, as the Lady Knights’ bats went cold.