ROWLAND — Ty Watkins hurled a four-hitter, Shy Pone blasted a home run and Greyson Heustess belted a double and triple to help lead visiting East Bladen earn an 8-1 Three Rivers Conference win over South Robeson on Friday.
After a scoreless first frame, Pone led off the second inning with a solo home run and,moments later, Watkins ripped a double and Pierce Melvin slapped an RBI single for a 2-0 Eagles edge.
Two scoreless innings followed, but in the fifth inning, East Bladen plated a trio of runs for a 5-0 lead when Sincere Smith dazzled the East Bladen crowd and frustrated the Mustangs with a walk and three straight steals to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead. A passed ball led to another East Bladen run and Pone replicated Smith’s antics moments later with a single and three straight steals for the final run of the inning.
In the sixth, Smith smoked a double and Heustess followed with a run-scoring double for a 6-0 Eagles advantage.
Pone led off the seventh with a walk and didn’t need to steal a base. Instead, he scampered home on Watkins’ RBI double, and Holden Clark slapped an RBI single to give East its final run.
South Robeson ruined the whitewash with a two-out, RBI single in the home half of the seventh.
Watkins earned the win on the hill for the Eagles, pitching a compete game and giving up four hits, two walks and fanned five.
At the plate, Watkins was 3-for-4 with two doubles; Pone was 2-for-3 with a home run and three stolen bases; Heustess was 2-for-4 with a double, triple and RBI; Melvin was 2-for-4 with an RBI; Smith had a double and three stolen bases.
East Bladen is now 2-5 overall and 2-5 in the conference. The Eagles will travel to face West Bladen on Monday at 7 p.m.
Knights fall, 11-0
In Dublin on Friday, visiting South Columbus exploded for seven runs in the first inning and never looks back en route to an 11-0 shutout over West Bladen in a Three Rivers Conference game.
The Stallions needed just six hits and didn’t commit an error in the win, while the Knights could manage only one hit in the contest — a double by Dawson Bryan in the fifth inning.
South Columbus scored the seven runs in the first frame and added four more in the top of the fifth to seal the win.
West Bladen is now 1-8 overall, 107 in the conference. The Knights will host East Bladen on Monday at 7 p.m.