ELIZABETHTOWN — The Lady Eagles got a pitching gem from Kayleigh Raynor to lead East Bladen past visiting Red Springs, 11-8, in a Three Rivers Conference game.
The win improved the lady Eagles to 5-7 overall, 4-6 in the conference.
Raynor was the story of the night, as she twirled a complete game and struck out 14 Lady Red Devils while walking none. She did give up 11 hits, but only two earned runs.
“I was pleased with the no walks and 14 strikeouts,” said East Bladen coach Chase Lancaster. “I think we are back on the right track.”
Red Springs did most of its damage in the first inning, scoring five runs thanks to a trio of hits and just as many East Bladen errors. But the Lady Eagles got two runs back in the home half on a bases-loaded walk to Abbie Cross and an RBI infield single by Raynor.
After a scoreless second, the Lady Red Devils scored a run in the third, fueled by a passed third strike and an error. But again East Bladen answered — scoring eight runs in the bottom of the third behind two errors, four walks and three hits to take a 10-6 advantage. Faith Johnson had an RBI, Johanna Parker had a two-run single, Raynor had an RBI and both Olivia Hollingsworth and Alyssa Futrell had RBI walks in the inning.
After a scoreless fourth, East Bladen plated a run in the bottom of the fifth when Erica McKoy drove home a run with a fielder’s choice.
Red Springs brought two runs home in the top of the seventh to cut the gap to three, but the rally fizzled there.
At the plate for the Lady Eagles, Futrell was 2-for-3 with an RBI; Raynor was 2-for-4 with two RBI; and Parker had two RBI. East Bladen had nine hits in the game.
The Lady Eagles will travel to West Columbus on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. conference game.