FAYETTEVILLE — The Eagles couldn’t sustain any offense and lost the third-place game of the Terry Sanford Bulldog Invitational Baseball Tournament on Tuesday to Southern Lee, 5-1.
“We didn’t really play very well,” said East Bladen coach Russell Priest. “As well as we played Monday (against Scotland County), it didn’t carry over for us.”
After two scoreless innings, the Cavaliers plated a run in the top of the third inning, but the Eagles answered in the home half of the inning — though things could have been better.
Zach Meares led off with a single but was forced at second on a fielder’s choice by Freddie Wooten; Sincere Smith followed with a triple, but Wooten was thrown out at the plate — and Greyson Heustess slapped an RBI single that knotted the game at 1-1.
Southern Lee regained the lead with a run in the fourth, then added two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to seal the win.
A trio of Eagles had two hits in the game: Gabe Barber was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles; Heustess was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI; Spencer Scott was 2-for-3; and Smith had a triple.
Pierce Melvin took the loss on the hill for East Bladen, working 5.2 innings and giving up five hits, three walks and striking out one. Holden Clark finished up, allowing a hit and a walk.
The Eagles will be in action Tuesday when they travel to South Columbus for a Three Rivers Conference game at 7 p.m.