Raynor twirls 2-hitter to East Bladen

FAIRMONT — The Lady Eagles continued their late-season push with a high-octane offense and stellar pitching on Friday, knocking off Fairmont in a Three Rivers Conference softball game, 11-2.

The win improved East Bladen to 7-8 overall, 6-7 in the conference.

After a scoreless first frame, the Lady Eagles plated a pair of runs in the top of the second when Abbie Cross walked and raced home on Erica McKoy’s long triple to left. Olivia Hollingsworth then laced a single to score McKoy.

The Lady Golden Tornadoes knotted the game with two runs in the home half of the fourth, but that only served to wake the East Bladen offense. The Lady Eagles exploded for eight runs in the top of the fifth to open a 10-2 advantage.

Two Fairmont errors put two runners on and Kayleigh Raynor followed with a two-run triple. McKoy smoked a run-scoring single and then stole second base ahead of an RBI single by Hollingsworth. Another error pushed Hollingsworth to third and she scampered home on a wild pitch. Johanna Parker kept things going with a single and steal of second base, and Kaley Smith stroked an RBI single just ahead of Lorna Mendell’s two-run, inside-the-park home run to the gap in right-center.

East Bladen added a run in the sixth when McKoy singled and came home on an RBI single by Hollingsworth.

“It was awesome; we played outstanding,” said East Bladen coach Chase Lancaster. “I could not be happier — we’re getting a little better each game.”

Raynor twirled a complete-game, two-hitter for the Lady Eagles — striking out 12 hitters and walking just one.

At the plate, McKoy was 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI; Hollingsworth was 3-for-4 with three RBI; Parker went 2-for-4; Mendell had the home run and two RBI; and Raynor had a triple and two RBI.

The Lady Eagles will host St. Pauls on Tuesday in a conference game at 6 p.m.