DUBLIN — The lady Knights answered an early uprising by visiting Red Springs on Tuesday with a big first inning and went on to mercy rule the Lady Red Devils, 18-8, in a Three Rivers Conference softball game.
The win improved West Bladen to n7-4 in the conference and 8-7 overall.
Red Springs opened the game with a trio of runs to post an early lead, but the Lady Knights responded with a six-run home half, thanks in part to an RBI single from Carley Dawson, run-scoring single by Abby Dawson, two errors, two wild pitches and four walks.
Alara Cashwell blasted a run-scoring double in the second inning, Madison Collin’s fielder’s choice brought home another run and an error accounted for a third run as West Bladen took a 9-3 lead.
Red Springs plated a pair of runs in the third inning to pull within 9-5, but the Lady Knights got both runs back in the bottom of the inning behind a pair of walks and two wild pitches.
The Lady Red Devils scored a run in the fourth frame to cut the gap to 11-6, but West Bladen plated four runs in the fifth inning behind two more walks, a hit batter, two-run singles by Abby Dawson and Kyla Reed to open a 15-6 advantage.
Red Springs didn’t wilt, scoring twice in the top of the sixth to whittle the margin down to 15-8 before the Lady Knights scored three times in the home half of the sixth to end the game. The lady Red Devils gave up two walks ahead of a two-run double by Reed, and Cashwell brought home the final run with a single.
Reed led West Bladen’s eight hit attack with a pair of doubles and four RBI; Abby Dawson had two hits and three RBI; Cashwell also had two hits and two RBI.
Collins earned the win in the circle, twirling a complete-game and giving up just two earned runs on 12 hits, one walk and five strikeouts.
West Bladen goes on the road to East Columbus on Friday for a 6 p.m. conference game.
— In Dublin, West Bladen’s seventh-inning comeback try fell short and visiting Red Springs earned an 8-5 Three Rivers Conference win on Tuesday.
The loss drops the Knights to 1-13 overall, 1-10 in the conference.
The Red Devils scored twice in the first inning, then added three runs in the second to open a 5-0 lead.
West Bladen plated a trio of runs in the bottom of the fourth frame behind two walks, single and wild pitch for one run, then a two-run single by Braylon Williamson.
Red Springs answered with three runs in the top of the fifth and held the Knights scoreless over their next two at-bats.
But West Bladen began a rally in the home part of the seventh when Red Springs pitching hit two Knights, Dawson Bryant filled the bases with a single and Scott Bowen smoked a two-run single to pull West Bladen within 8-5.
But the rally fizzled there.
Bowen finished 2-for-3 with two RBI for the Knights; Butler was 2-for-4; and Williamson had two RBI.
Colby White took the loss on the hill, going 1.2 innings and giving up six hits and a walk. Derrick Long worked 2.1 innings and gave up two hits, two walks and fanned one. Logan West went two innings on the mound and gave up one hit, two walks and struck out four before Bryant finished up, hurling one inning and giving up a walk and striking out one.
West Bladen will travel to East Columbus for a conference game Friday at 7 p.m.