LELAND — West Bladen survived a bases-loaded, nobody out uprising by North Brunswick in the seventh inning of a knotted-up game Saturday, but couldn’t hold off the Scorpions’ two-out rally in the eighth, dropping a 3-2 verdict in the second round of the state’s Class 2-A playoffs.
The loss ends the Knights’ season at 12-11.
West Bladen took a 1-0 lead right out of the gate when they loaded the bases on singles by Trevor Lesane and Clay Allen, and then a walk to John Waldrop. A pickoff that went awry allowed Lesane to scamper home.
The Scorpions responded in the second with a pair of runs to take a 2-0 lead, and that’s the way things stayed until the top of the fifth frame.
The Knights put two runners aboard with just one out, and Allen stroked an RBI single to knot the game at 2-2.
West Bladen threatened in the top of the sixth, getting two on with two outs, but nothing materialized from there.
North Brunswick filled the bags in the bottom of the seventh with nobody out, but the Knights managed to get three straight ground balls — two forced runners at home and the third went to first to squelch the uprising.
In the bottom of the eighth, North Brunswick loaded the bases with two outs and a slap single that some say did and some say didn’t stay fair brought home the winning run.
Travis Bowen pitched into the seventh inning for the Knights, giving up nine hits. Allen finished up, giving up two hits.
At the plate, Allen was 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Lesane was 2-for-4.