ROSE HILL — The Lady Eagles needed just one inning to hand Union a 16-0 Four County Conference loss on Tuesday.
The win improved East Bladen to 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the conference, while the Lady Spartans fell to 1-8 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
The Lady Eagles, playing for the first time in 10 days following spring break, sent 22 batters to the plate and scored 16 runs in the top of the first inning using five hits, 10 walks and four hit batters.
Kaley Smith led off the game with a double and walks to Anna Kate White and Miller Heustess loaded the bases. After an out, Faith Johnson walked to score a run, Shardajah Brown walked to push home a run and Lauren Merritt cleared the bases with a three-run triple.
Walks to Olivia Hollingsworth and Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson filled the bases again for East Bladen and, back at the top of the order, Smith laced another double to drive home two runs. White reached first after getting drilled by a pitch and Heustess ripped an RBI single just ahead of an RBI single by Emily Scott.
After the second out of the inning, Johnson singled and Brown was hit by a pitch. Merritt drove home a run with a single, Hollingsworth and Moore-Peterson walked to produce two more runs, Smith was walked for another run and the Lady Eagles juiced the bags again when White was hit by a pitch and Heustess walked — but Union finally put a stop to the carnage with the third out.
Huestess, however, put an exclamation mark on the inning-long game when she struck out the side in the bottom of the first without first base ever getting threatened by Lady Spartan feet.
Smith led East Bladen at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two doubles; Merritt was 2-for-2 with a triple and four RBI.
— In Dublin on Tuesday, West Bladen rallied from a 7-1 deficit late to knot the game at 7-7, but saw visiting Midway score eight runs in the eighth inning and take a 15-10 Four County win.
The loss drops West Bladen to 3-8 overall and 2-3 in the conference, while Midway improved to 3-8, 2-3.
The Raiders used 11 hits, 14 stolen bases, nine wild pitches and three passed balls en route to the extra-inning win.
After two scoreless innings, Midway scored five times in the top of the third, then tacked on another run in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead.
The Knights got on the board with a two-out run in the home half of the fourth behind a double by Trent West, a single by Jarrett Williams and an error by the Raiders.
But Midway got the run back in the fifth frame to take a 7-1 edge.
West Bladen erupted for six runs in the sixth, started when West reached on an error and Williams singled. Ray Jones reached on an error to fill the bags and another Raiders error brought two runs home. After an out, T.J. Guyton launched a two-run double to cut the deficit to 7-5 and, after a walk to Jonathan Ashworth, Seth Britt reached on an error that produced a run. After another out, West walked to load the bases and Williams was plunked by a pitch to drive home the tying run.
After a scoreless seventh, the Raiders exploded for eight runs in the top of the eighth to open a 15-7 lead. But West Bladen wasn’t folding — Singles by Chandler Lennon, West, Williams and Donald McCullum, sandwiched around a Midway miscue, plated three runs before the rally fizzled.
Williams was 3-for-4 at the plate for the Knights with an RBI; West was 2-for-4 with a double; Guyton had the double.
— In Elizabethtown on Tuesday, the Lady Eagles got a hat trick from Lacey Suggs and posted a 3-0 Four County Conference win over visiting Union.
The win improved East Bladen to 11-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference, while Union fell to 5-4, 2-3.
Suggs’ first goal came in the first half when Abby Ward fed her a pass and Suggs booted the ball into the back of the Lady Spartans’ net.
In the second half, Suggs took a feed from Hannah Devane and drilled home a shot for a 2-0 edge. Moments later, a corner kick by Devane found Suggs in front of the net and the senior booted the ball in for her hat trick.
— Visiting Midway raced out to an 8-0 lead on Tuesday en route to an 11-2 Four County Conference win over the lady Knights.
The loss dropped West Bladen to 4-7 overall and 3-2 in the conference, while Midway improved to 6-5 and 3-2.
The Lady Raiders scored twice in the second inning, then added six more runs in the top of the third for an 8-0 advantage.
West Bladen got on the board in the home half of the third when Kassidy Anderson was hit by a pitch and Laikyn Pait laced an RBI single.
Midway scored single runs in each of the next three innings for an 11-1 lead before the Lady Knights scored in the bottom of the sixth behind a single from Alanna Ludlum and an RBI double by Carley Dawson.
The Lady Raiders outhit West Bladen 16-4 in the game, and the Lady Knights committed six errors.