SOFTBALL: Lady Knights knock off South Columbus; Lady Eagles rip South Robeson

DUBLIN — Madison Collins twirled a five-hitter, Brittney Landreth slugged a home run and the defense was perfect Friday as the Lady Knights knocked off previously undefeated South Columbus in a Three Rivers Conference softball game, 4-0.

West Bladen got on the board quickly, scoring a run in the first inning behind a double from Kyla Reed and RBI single by Alara Cashwell.

After a scoreless second, the Lady Knights plated two runs in the third when Elizabeth Allbright stroked a single, Reed reached on an error that eluded everyone all the way to the fence and kept both Allbright and Reed scampering to the plate for a 3-0 lead.

In the home half of the fourth, Landreth belted a lead-off solo home run over the left field fence to give the Lady Knights the 4-0 cushion.

Collins handcuffed the visiting conference leaders all evening, scattering the five hits, striking out seven and never issuing a free pass.

“The team has really worked hard and it payed off tonight,” West Bladen coach Pam Stephens said. “Everyone contributed to this win.”

Allbright was 2-for-2 at the plate, while Reed and Collins each went 2-for-3 as West Bladen pounded out nine hits.

The Lady Knights are now 5-3 in the conference and 5-4 overall. They will East Bladen on Monday at 6 p.m.

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Lady Eagles crush

South Robeson, 18-0

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ROWLAND — East Bladen slugged 15 hits, including a pair of triples and two doubles, and the duo of Kayleigh Raynor and Kaley Smith combined on a one-hitter to lead the Lady Eagles past South Robeson, 18-0, in a Three Rivers Conference game.

The Lady Eagles opened the game with an eight-run inning, highlighted by a two-run triple by Smith, RBI single by Anna Kate White, RBI double from Olivia Hollingsworth and RBI single by Raynor. Three Lady Mustang errors helped the visitors’ cause.

An RBI single by Raynor in the second inning gave East Bladen a 9-0 edge and, in the third, an error allowed another Lady Eagles run to extended the lead to 10-0.

East Bladen all but put the game on ice in the fourth inning, scoring four times to open a two-touchdown lead at 14-0. Faith Johnson opened the frame with a double and scored on an error; after a walk, Raynor ripped a two-run RBI triple; and moments later, Erica McKoy roped a run-scoring double.

The contest came to a close in the bottom of the fifth when the Lady Eagles plated three more runs to build the 17-0 advantage. Alyssa Futrell and Johnson started things with singles, followed by a two-run single by Shardajah Brown and, after a walk, Lorna Mendell swatted a two-run double to cap the evening.

Raynor led the Lady Eagles at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a triple and three RBI; White was 2-for-2 with two RBI; Johnson went 2-for-3; Futrell was 2-for-4 with an RBI; Smith had a triple and two RBI; Mendell had a double and two RBI; Brown had two RBI.

In the circle, Raynor twirled the first and fifth innings for East Bladen and gave up the lone Lady Stallions’ hit; Smith pitched innings two through four, giving up no hits, two walks and fanning four.

East Bladen is now 3-4 in the conference and 4-4 overall. The Lady Eagles will travel to face West Bladen on Monday at 6 p.m.