CHIPLEY, Fla. — The West Bladen Knights won their first Dixie Pre-Majors World Series game in two years on Sunday and eliminated the Georgia champions from the tournament in just three innings, 15-0.
The win moves West Bladen into the next round of the consolation bracket, where they will face Arkansas at 10 a.m. today.
The Knights got on the board against Georgia in the bottom of the first inning. Westin Pridgeon singled and Trevor Lesane smoked an RBI double, then scored when Trent West reached on an error. Two more errors put Colby McLean and Troy Edge on base and brought a run home, and Donald McCollum ripped a two-run single to open a 5-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, Lesane walked and stole second and third base before scoring on a passed ball. An error put McLean on base, Chandler Lennen singled and Edge laced a two-run double to extend the lead to 9-0.
West Bladen ended things in the bottom of the third with six runs. Seth Britt singled and stole second, and Michael Pastore drove him home with a single. After Pastore stole second, Lesane singled and West crushed a three-run home run. McLean followed with a single and, after an out, Edge lined an RBI single — then stole second and scored on two straight passed balls.
“We came out swinging today,” said West Bladen assistant coach Steven Pastore. “They were more aggressive at the plate and just put the bat on the ball.”
West earned the win on the hill for the Knights, giving up just one hit, walking two and striking out five in the three innings.
West Bladen opened the tournament with a 10-0 shellacking at the hands of South Carolina on Saturday.
Walks, errors and mental miscues plagued the Knights, as South Carolina scored three runs in the first, four more in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth to end the game on the 10-run rule.
“We just didn’t hit,” West Bladen coach Kim Cain said. “We made several errors and our pitching couldn’t throw strikes — plus, we ran into a pretty good pitcher.”
Lesane’s single in the fourth frame was the Knights’s lone hit in the game.