DUBLIN — The Lady Knights broke open their Four County Conference opener on Friday with 10 runs in the third inning and went on to hand visiting Union an 18-0 mercy-rule loss.
The win improved West Bladen to 3-1 overall, 1-0 in the conference.
Sophia Singletary and Madison Collins combined on a four-hitter and only let one Union base-runner get past first base. The Lady Spartans never threatened to score.
The Lady Knights, meanwhile, scored three runs in the home half of the first when Kassidy Anderson, Logan Autry, Carley Dawson and Laikyn Pait all walked to start the inning. Singletary followed with an RBI single and Conner Brisson lofted a sacrifice fly to give West Bladen a 3-0 lead.
In the second inning, Anderson laced a one-out double down the left-field line and, after a second out, Dawson crushed an RBI double to left-center. A Union error on a grounder by Pait brought Dawson home for a 5-0 edge.
The Lady Knights got seven hits — including a triple and two more doubles — in the third inning and plated the 10 runs for a 15-0 lead. Brisson and Kathryn Schultz led off with singles and Jenna Dove roped an RBI single up the middle, followed by an RBI single by Abby Dawson that nearly decapitated the Union pitcher and gave West Bladen a 7-0 lead. After an out, Autry laced an RBI single and Dawson crushed a run-scoring triple to left-center for a 9-0 edge.
Pait was hit by a pitch and Singletary brought Dawson home with a fielder’s choice. A walk to Brisson and Schultz brought home a run and loaded the bases ahead of Abby Dawson’s bases-clearing double to center tat gave West Bladen a 15-0 advantage.
In the fourth inning, Kyla Reed led off with a walk, Anna Moser laced a single and, after two fielder’s choices scored a run, Schultz smacked a two-run double to left-center to finish off the scoring.
“I’m pretty happy with the bats,” West Bladen coach Joey Autry said. “We had a couple of base-running blunders, but it’s still early and we’ll get that fixed.
“But we got good pitching from Sophia and Madison,” he added, “and we played good defense behind them.”
Singletary earns the win from the circle after going three innings and giving up two singles, no walks and striking out four. Collins worked two innings and gave up two singles, walked one and fanned one.
At the plate, Carley Dawson was 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBI; Schultz was 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI; Dove was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI; and Abby Dawson was 2-for-3 with a double and four RBI.