LUMBERTON — Knights bats were kept mostly silent Saturday in the opening round of the Robeson County Slugfest and visiting West Bladen fell to Hoke County, 10-3.
The Knights took a quick 1- lead in the top of the first when Bucks pitching issued walks to Dawson Bryan and Scott Bowen, followed by a run-scoring single by Dalton Pait.
But Hoke County knotted the game in the home half of the first.
After a scoreless second inning, the Bucks plated three runs in the third, then added three more runs in the fourth frame to open a 7-1 advantage.
West Bladen managed to manufacture a pair of runs in the top of the fifth when Nolan Bryant and Bryan each walked ahead of Bowen’s RBI single. A passed ball moments later brought home a second run and closed the gap to 7-3.
In the bottom of the fifth, however, Hoke County used three walks to load the bases and a double cleared those bases to give the Bucks the 10-3 edge.
West Bladen could muster just four hits — singles by Bowen, Bryant, Pait and Logan West.
Colby White took the loss on the hill for the Knights after going 4.1 innings and giving up nine hits, four walks, two hit batters and striking out five. Derrick Long went the final 1.2 innings, giving up one hit and fanning two.
West Bladen will play Lumberton at 1 p.m. Monday in a consolation bracket game.