Cashwell, Dawson belt HRs to lead Lady Knights

DUBLIN — Alara Cashwell and Carley Dawson belted home runs, combined for nine RBIs and had seven of West Bladen’s hits Friday to lead the Lady Knights past visiting West Columbus for an 11-2 Three Rivers Conference win.

West Bladen took a 2-0 lead in the home half of the first when Kyla Reed doubled and Cashwell followed with a two-run home run beyond the left field fence.

The Lady Vikings knotted the game with a pair of runs in the top of the third with a two-run homer run of their own.

But the Lady Knights regained the lead in the bottom of the third — and never gave it up. Brittney Landreth singled, Reed reached on an error and Cashwell smacked an two-run double. Moments later, Dawson ripped an RBI double for a 5-2 West Bladen edge.

After a scoreless fourth, the Lady Knights scored two runs with two outs when Cashwell and Dawson singled and, after a walk to Madison Collins loaded the bases, Abby Dawson smoked a two-run single for a 7-2 advantage.

West Bladen went to work with two outs again in the sixth, getting a double from Landreth, singled by Reed and an RBI single by Cashwell. Dawson then launched a three-run home run to left to give the Lady Knights their final nine-run lead.

Cashwell was 4-for-4 at the plate with a double, home run and five RBI; Dawson was 3-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBI for West Bladen. Reed was 2-for-4 with a double; Abby Dawson was 2-for-3 with two RBI; and Landreth was 2-for-4 with a double.

Collins twirled a complete game for the Lady Knights, giving up just three hits, two walks, a hit batter and five strikeouts.

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Lady Eagles fall, 8-5

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In St. Pauls on Friday, the Lady Bulldogs pitching fanned 14 East Bladen batters and St. Pauls scored seven runs over the final three innings to earn an 8-5 Three Rivers Conference win.

The Lady Eagles opened the game with a run in the top of the first, but St. Pauls knotted it up in the home half.

After a scoreless second and third innings, the Lady Bulldogs plated a run in the fourth, then erupted for four runs in the fifth to open a 6-1 advantage.

East Bladen pushed across two runs in the sixth to cut the gap to 6-3, but the Lady Bulldogs got both runs back in the bottom of the inning.

The Lady Eagles scored two more runs in the top of the seventh, but the rally fizzled there.

St. Pauls had seven hits, including two triples.