ROWLAND – West Bladen got its second straight pitching gem, this one from Logan West, but unlike Wednesday’s two-hit shutout win by Scott Bowen, Friday’s two-hitter against South Robeson was a 1-0 heartbreaker in Three Rivers Conference play.
The Mustangs scored the winning run without either of those hits in the second inning — instead using a Knights error, walk, hit batter and passed ball.
West, who struck out 10 in the game, was also 2-for-2 at the plate with a double.
Eagles drop a tough one
— In Elizabethtown on Friday, visiting West Columbus rallied for two runs in the seventh to steal q 6-5 Three Rivers Conference win.
After the Vikings took a 1-0 lead to open the game, Sincere Smith manufactured the Eagles’ first run in the bottom of the first when he singled, stole second and third, and came home on the errant throw to third base to knot the game.
In the fourth, West Columbus scored twice for a 3-1 edge, but East Bladen again tied it up in the home half, his time behind a fielder’s choice by Spencer Scott and an error.
The Vikings took a 4-3 lead in the fifth, but the Eagles knotted it up right away when Smith again singled, stole second and third, and then came home on a passed ball.
A passed ball with the bases loaded in the sixth plated the go-ahead run for East Bladen, but the Vikings scored twice in the seventh to get the win.
Smith was 3-for-3 with four stolen bases to lead the Eagles.
Lady Knights whip South Rob
— In Rowland on Friday, visiting West Bladen scored seven runs in the first and six more in the sixth to knock of South Robeson 17-7 in a Three Rivers Conference game.
The Lady Knights got RBIs from Carley Dawson, Madison Collins and Alise Pait during their seven-run first. The Lady Mustangs answered with three runs to pull within 7-3 in the bottom of the first, then added a run in the second to get within 7-4.
In the fourth, West Bladen plated four runs when Collins slammed a solo home run to left-center, Kyla Reed had an RBI single and two runs scored on an error and passed ball for an 11-4 lead.
South Rob scored three times in the home half to get within 11-7, but West Bladen sent six runners home in the sixth behind RBIs from Carley Dawson, Collins, Abby Dawson and Brittney Landreth that sealed the win.
Alara Cashwell was 2-for-2 with a double;Carley Dawson was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI; and Collins was 3-for-4 with a home run, triple and three RBI.
Lady Eagles nip West Columbus
— In Elizabethtown on Friday, East Bladen 0pened leads of 7-1 and 8-3, then had to hold off visiting West Columbus to earn an 8-7 Three Rivers Conference win.
The Lady Eagles scored four times in the home half of the first behind a triple by Kaley Smith and doubles from Erica McKoy and Johanna Parker. The Lady Vikings scored once in the second, but East Bladen plated three runs in the bottom of the second for a 7-1 edge.
West Columbus scored again in the third and added another run in the fourth to pull within 7-3, but East Bladen went up 8-3 in the home half on a triple by McKoy and RBI groundout by Smith.
The Lady Vikings exploded for four runs in the top of the seventh behind an error and two hit batters, but could not get the tying run on base.
McKoy was 3-for-4 with a triple and double for East; Smith was 2-for-3 with a triple.