ELIZABETHTOWN –It was a scoring fest for the East Bladen Eagles on Thursday as they handed visiting Scotland County an 11-0 non-conference loss on the pitch.
The win improved the Eagles to 4-0 just ahead of Monday’s Three Rivers Conference opener against St. Pauls.
A slew of East Bladen players recorded goals and/or assists in the match — starting with Garrett Melvin, who booted home a goal off assists from Brooks McGill and Jacob Barber less than 20 seconds into the match.
Within seconds, McGill fed Greyson Heustess with a pass that Heustess turned into a goal from in close and a 2-0 Eagles lead. Barely a blink later, Melvin got his second goal on an assist from McGill and East Bladen led 3-0 just two minutes in.
The Eagles upped the advantage to 4-0 when Gabe Barber bumped a ball home off a corner by Jake Evans and, moments later, the lead went to 5-0 when Gabe Barber found McGill with a pass and McGill drilled a shot to the back of the net.
The scoring waned, but only for a handful of minutes.
East Bladen got a goal in the 12th minute from Pierce Melvin off an assist from Irvin Hernandez for a 6-0 edge. Several minutes later, Evans crushed a shot home that gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead.
Pierce Melvin scored again 10 minutes later and, moments later, Caleb Hatchell scored off a feed from McGill for a 9-0 lead.
McGill gave East Bladen two more goals before the first half ended, with assists coming from Garrett Melvin and Milton Estrada, sending the Eagles to the match-shortened win on the mercy rule.
— In Dublin on Thursday, the Lady Knights improved to 7-0 after cruising to an 8-1 win over Three Rivers Conference foe West Columbus.
In singles, Conner Brisson took a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 1; Savannah Lee earned a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 2; Autumn Brisson was a 6-3, 6-1 winner at No. 4; Mireya Sandoval took a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 5; and Alyssa Smith earned an easy 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 6.
In doubles, the duo of Conner Brisson and Lee won 8-2 at No. 1; Helen Lopez and Autumn Brisson took an 8-3 win at No. 2; and the tandem of Sandoval and Smith got an 8-0 whitewash at No. 3.
— In St. Pauls on Thursday, the Lady Eagles took four of the six singles matches en route to a 5-2-1 Three Rivers Conference win over St. Pauls.
In singles, Ting Lin won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2; Anna Kate White won 7-5, 6-4 at No. 3; Lily Lin won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4; and Carlie West won 6-0, 6-3 at No. 6. The No. 5 singles match saw East Bladen’s Sammi Jiang tie her Lady Bulldogs for after a marathon match by the scores of 5-5, 7-6 (7-3) and 7-10.
In doubles, the team of Jayme LeeAnn Frady and Ting Lin won 8-2 at No. 1; Lily Lin and White won at No. 2 when St. Pauls retired.
— In Dublin on Thursday, the Lady Knights cracked into the “W” column for the first time with a 25-23, 25-13 and 25-23 Three Rivers Conference victory over visiting West Columbus.
Raegan Davis led the way for West Bladen with seven aces, six kills and two blocks; Lexie Corrothers had five kills and an ace; Alise Pait had five kills; Patience Parker had three aces and two kills; Elizabeth Allbright contributed three kills and three aces; and Mikayla Winebarger added four kills and an ace.
“The girls played great,” said West Bladen coach Gaye Davis. “It felt great getting that first conference win.”
The Lady Knights, now 1-7 overall and 1-5 in the conference, play at St. Pauls on Tuesday.
— In St. Pauls on Thursday, the Lady Eagles were swept by the home team 25-23, 25-18 and 25-16.
East Bladen is now 1-7 overall, 1-5 in the conference.