West Bladen No. 2 nips its sister squad
DUBLIN — The Knights’ No. 1 Dixie Youth Baseball Pre-Majors team dug itself an early hole against its sister team on Monday and never recovered, dropping a 5-4 decision to West Bladen No. 2 in a game that was shortened by an inning because of rain.
The win improves the Knights’ No. 2 team to 2-3-1 and dropped West Bladen No. 1 to 4-3.
In the bottom of the first inning, a pair of errors and a single by Travis Bowen filled the bags for West Bladen No. 2, and Michael Pastore’s single brought home the first run. Another error sent tow more runs home and the early lead was 3-0.
In the bottom of the second, West Bladen No. 2 loaded the bags again with a walk and two errors before Trevor Lesane smacked a two-run double to extend the lead to 5-0.
After a scoreless third inning, West Bladen No. 1 got on the board in the fourth frame when Liston Britt and John Waldrop each singled. A wild pitch pushed them up a base ahead of a fielder’s choice by Jeremy Hunt that scored Britt to cut the deficit to 5-1.
After goose eggs were put up in the fifth inning, West Bladen No. 1 mounted a rally in the sixth. A walk to Britt and double by Waldrop put two in scoring position — and each scored on wild pitches to pull the Knights’ No. squad to within 5-3. Walks to Mason Hester, Owen Peavey and Hunt filled the bags before Justin Ruffin was hit by a pitch to force home a run and get West Bladen No. 1 within one, but the rally ended there.