Lady Knights lose to Fairmont in Slugfest

LUMBERTON — It was an ending not worthy of the beginning for West Bladen in the fifth-place game of the Robeson County Slugfest on Tuesday.

The Lady Knights jumped out in front 3-0 in the first inning, but Fairmont erupted for eight runs in the home half — thanks to six hits and two errors — and went on to post a 14-8 win, the Lady Golden Tornadoes’s third of the season over West Bladen.

Abby Dawson led off the game with a single and Kyla Reed raced to first on a passed third strike ahead of a two-run single by Alara Cashwell — who then stole second and scored on two wild pitches.

Fairmont, which had to rally late on Monday to beat South Robeson, rallied again in the bottom of the first with the eight-run explosion to take an 8-3 lead it would never give up.

The Lady Knights chipped away with a run in the second behind an error and RBI fielder’s choice by Reed to cut the gap to 8-4. But Fairmont plated three runs in the third, then added a run in the fourth to open a 12-4 advantage.

In the fifth frame, Elizabeth Allbright took first on an error, Brittney Landreth walked and Madison Collins moved both runners over with a sacrifice bunt. Fairmont pitching issued a walk to Natalie Ludlum to load the bases, then walked Abby Dawson to force home a run. An infield hit by Reed drove home another run and Cashwell followed with a two-run double to pull the Lady Knights within 12-8.

The Lady Tornadoes, however, took advantage of two West Bladen errors in the bottom of the fifth to score two runs and seal the six-run win.

At the plate for West Bladen, Cashwell was 3-for-5 with a double and four RBI; Landreth was 2-for-3; Reed was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Shelby Pharr took the loss in the circle, going just two-thirds of an inning and giving up five hits. Collins finished up, going 5.1 innings and giving up eight hits, three walks and striking out five.

The Lady Knights will be back in action Tuesday when they host Red Springs in a Three Rivers Conference game at 6 p.m.