Pender pounds Lady Eagles, 15-2

W. Curt Vincent -

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Lady Eagles faced a hard-hitting Pender County team Tuesday and were handed a 15-2 Four County Conference drubbing.

The Lady Patriots pounded out 16 hits and were aided by seven East Bladen errors over the five frames.

Pender County opened the game with a single run in the top of the first behind three hits, and the Lady Eagles couldn’t answer in the home half.

The Lady Patriots put all doubts of the outcome to rest in the second inning, sending 13 hitters to the plate and scoring nine runs on eight hits — the big one a two-run home run over the left-center fence. East Bladen also committed a pair of errors along with two wild pitches that benefited the visitors, who took a 10-0 advantage.

The Lady Eagles began to threaten home plate in the home half of the second inning when Faith Johnson led off with a walk and, after an out, a single by Olivia Hollingsworth put runners on first and second before a wild pitch moved them both up a base. But a pair of strikeouts followed to squelch the threat.

Pender County padded the lead with a run in the third inning one just one hit, but two Lady Eagles errors, to go up 11-0.

Miller Heustess laced a two-out single to right-center for East Bladen in the bottom of the third, but was left stranded.

The Lady Patriots iced the game with four runs in the fourth frame, batting around once again and coming up with four hits to go along with three East Bladen errors for a 15-0 edge.

Hollingsworth got her second hit of the game with two outs in the fourth and a wild pitch sent her to second ahead of Lauren Merritt reaching on an error. She then stole second to put Lady Eagles at second and third, but the uprising fizzled with a strikeout.

In the fifth frame, East Bladen sent the visitors down 1-2-3 and then went to work at the plate.

Two first-pitch grounders resulted in outs, but Heustess reached on an error and Emily Scott got an infield hit. Johnson followed with an RBI single that scored Heustess and, when Pender County threw the ball around, Scott scampered home with East Bladen’;s second run. A long fly ball by Shardajah Brown was caught to end the game.

“Olivia had a good night at the plate,” East Bladen coach Patty Evers said. “We swung the bats well, but we didn’t make the plays (in the field) — and that comes with youth. We’ll get better.”

Hollingsworth led the Lady Eagles at the plate, going 2-for-2, while Heustess was 1-for-3, Scott was 1-for-2 with a walk and Johnson was 1-for-2 with a walk and RBI.

W. Curt Vincent

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