FAYETTEVILLE — East Bladen opened the J. Hoyt Warren/Wayne Edwards Invitational with a 6-2 win over the host Douglas Byrd team on Monday.
The win improved the Eagles to 5-8 and sent them into the second round on Tuesday at 9 a.m. against Gray’s Creek.
Douglas Byrd opened the scoring by nicking East Bladen starting pitcher Matthew Taylor for a first-inning run. But after a scoreless second inning, the visiting Eagles knotted the game with a run in the top of the third.
Following a scoreless fourth, East Bladen took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the fifth, then tacked on three insurance runs in the sixth to all but ice the game.
Douglas Byrd scored a run in the home half of the sixth to cut the deficit to 6-2, but could get no closer.
Taylor pitched 4.2 innings to earn the win, while Alex Coates finished up to get the save for the Eagles.
“We don’t have a lot of pitching, but it’s good to get this one,” said East Bladen coach Russell Priest. “I think we played good defense and scored enough runs. We played as well as we are capable of.”
Matt Massengill had two hits and a pair of RBI to lead East Bladen at the plate, while Joe Strait had a double and RBI. Hastin McGill ripped a double and Coates had East Bladen’s other hit.