TABOR CITY — The young dynamic duo of Lacey Suggs and Natalie Hardin combined for five goals and six assists Wednesday en route to a 7-0 whitewashing of South Columbus in East Bladen’s Waccamaw Conference opener.
The Lady Eagles got on the board early when Hardin took a pass from Miller Heustess and booted in a goal from in close. Several minutes later, Suggs took a pass from Hardin and found the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
In the blink of an eye, Hardin led Suggs with a pass and the freshman booted the ball home from close range.
East Bladen scored again shortly after when Hardin assisted on a shot by Suggs that found the net for a 4-0 lead. Before the first half ended, Hardin found Abby Ward with a pass and Ward kicked it in for a 5-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, Suggs got her hat trick with a goal off a pass from Carolina Sarmiento and, just a few minutes later, it was a Suggs pass that found Sarmiento and was turned into a goal to cap the scoring.
—In Cerro Gordo on Wednesday, West Bladen rallied from a 4-1 deficit with five runs in the top of the seventh to take a 6-4 non-conference win over West Columbus.
After the Vikings took a 1-0 lead in the first, Brandon Edwards’ RBI double in the second knotted the game. But West Columbus scored three times in the third to take a 4-1 edge.
In the seventh, John Waldrop’s two-run home run to dead center highlighted the five-run uprising by the Knights. A wild pitch with the bases loaded and two-run double by Matthew Wells brought in the other three runs.
— In Dublin on Friday, South Brunswick rallied from a pair of late deficits to take an 8-6 Waccamaw Conference win from West Bladen.
The Knights took a 2-0 lead in the first inning before the Cougars knotted the game in the third. West Bladen went back on top 4-2 in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk and then a balk, but South Brunswick retied the game in the fifth.
West Bladen answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth, but an unearned run in the seventh knotted the game once more.
In the eighth, the Cougars plated three, and the Knights could only answer with one.
—In Tabor City on Friday, errors spelled doom for East Bladen in a 12-2 Waccamaw Conference game against South Columbus.
The Stallions plated six runs in the first frame, then added five more in the sixth — aided by six Eagles errors — to claim the win.
East Bladen scored in the third on an RBI single by Farrell Murchison, and added a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Alex Coates.
— In Tabor City on Friday, South Columbus scored 10 runs aided by East Bladen errors to take a 10-1 Waccamaw Conference win.
Brianna Graham’s RBI single drove home Lacey Suggs with the lone Lady Eagles run in the game.
— In Whiteville on Thursday, West Bladen took the top four spots in a match against Fairmont and East Bladen to earn the win.
Gage Bailey took medalist honors on the 6,206-yard Land O Lakes course with a 76. He was followed by Kayla Thompson with an 81, Brett Jackson with an 84 and Cameron Winebarger with an 89.
The Knights tallied a team score of 330, while Fairmont came in with a 367 and East Bladen followed with a 421.