CLINTON — West Bladen’s linksters rebounded from its recent, short tumble down the conference ladder by surging back into the runner-up spot in Wednesday’s Four County Conference match at Coharie Country Club.
Clinton once again outdistanced the eight-team field, carding a team total of 319 by placing three golfers in the individual top five.
The Knights got a top-five effort from Kayla Thompson, who shot an 82 and led West Bladen to a team total of 357.
All six West Bladen players avoided triple digits, as Gage Bailey and Brett Jackson each came in with a 90, Mason Smith fired a 95, Sean Smith had a 96 and Zane Singletary carded a 99.
Union, the host team, finished third with a team total of 367, while Heidi Trask was seven strokes back at 374 and Midway came in at 383. Wallace-Rose Hill was sixth with a 445, just three shots ahead of East Bladen at 448. Pender County rounded out the field with a 453.
East Bladen was led by Brandon Davis at 104, while William Heath had a 111. A trio of Eagles were bunched together — with Ryan Baxley at 116, Willis Cole at 117 and Patrick Sinclair at 118. Andrew Ferguson fired a 120.
— In Elizabethtown on Wednesday, Abbey Norris went 4-for-4 and Yolanda Coston belted a solo home run to help lead the Lady Eagles past Miway, 9-7, in a Four County Conference game.
East Bladen took the lead for good with a three runs in the third inning and added three more in the fifth to all but seal the win.
Miller Heustess made two appearances in the circle, getting the start and coming back in relief late in the game. She improved her record to 5-3 overall and 4-3 in the conference.
— In Dublin on Wednesday, West Bladen’s 12-hit attack buried visiting Union early and often en route to a 14-0 Four County Conference win.
Nicole Wyatt twirled a one-hitter and fanned nine from the circle to earn the win for the lady Knights.
West Bladen plated six first-inning runs, added a solo run in the second, erupted for five more in the third and finished off the 10-run rule win with two runs in the fourth.
Laikyn Pait continued her hot hitting, going 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI, while Wyatt also went 2-for-2 with two RBI. Alanna Ludlum was 2-for-3 with two RBI and Taylor Stephens was 2-for-4 with a double.
— In Dublin on Wednesday, the Knights belted 13 hits — including six doubles — and handed visiting Union a 15-5 thumping for a Four County Conference win.
Liston Britt earned the win on the hill for West Bladen and improving his record to 5-1.
The Knights scored early and often, getting five runs in the first, four in each of the next two innings, and two in the fifth to end the game on the 10-run rule.
Trevor Lesane was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI; Britt was 2-for-3 with a double and four RBI; John Waldrop was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI; Travis Bowen was 2-for-3 with a double; Clay Allen was 2-for-3 with two RBI; and C.J. Singletary had a double.