DUBLIN — An error brought home the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday, giving West Bladen a come-from-behind 8-7 Three Rivers Conference win over visiting St. Pauls.
The Lady Knights improved to 10-11 overall and 9-7 in the conference.
After a scoreless first inning, Carley Dawson slugged a solo home run to left-center in the second for a 1-0 West Bladen lead. But the Lady Bulldogs responded with two runs in the top of the third fueled by two passed balls and took a 2-1 edge.
West Bladen knotted the game in the home half when Kyla Reed singled and Alara Cashwell smacked an RBI double.
A scoreless fourth followed, but St. Pauls plated a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. The visitors added three runs in the sixth to build a 7-2 advantage.
But the Lady Knights didn’t fold.
In the bottom of the sixth, Reed reached on a fielder’s choice and Cashwell belted her second double of the game to put runners on second and third — and Reed scampered home moments later on a wild pitch. Dawson followed with an infield single and a fielder’s choice by Madison Collins scored Cashwell. Dawson came home on an error that allowed Brittney Landreth to reach base.
Alyssa Suggs belted a double to bring Landreth home, and Elizabeth Allbright beat out a dribbler that resulted in a throwing error and brought home Suggs to tie the score at 7-7.
After a scoreless seventh, Collins ripped a one-out single, Landreth bunted her to second and Collins alertly went to third on the throw — and the attempt to get the out at third got past the third baseman and Collins raced home with the winning run.
Collins battled in the circle for the lady Knights, earning the win after giving up 12 hits, walking none, hitting a batter and striking out 12.
At the plate, Cashwell was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI; Dawson had the solo home run; and Suggs had a double and RBI.
The Lady Knights will go on the road to Tabor City on Tuesday to face South Columbus in a conference game at 6 p.m.
Lady Eagles split
In Lake Waccamaw on Friday, East Bladen took an 8-4 verdict in the first game of a twin bill against East Columbus, but lost the second game, 20-4.
The split of the Three Rivers Conference games moved the Lady Eagles to 8-9 overall, 7-8 in the conference.
In the opener, Kayleigh Raynor continued her mastery in the circle by twirling a two-hitter with four strikeouts. She also went 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI.
East Bladen scored three times in the third, highlighted by a two-run double by Johanna Parker.
After the Lady Gators scored a run in the home half, East Bladen got the run back in the fourth on an RBI single from Raynor. The Lady eagles added four runs in the fifth behind a pair of two-run errors for an 8-1 advantage.
East Columbus scored three times in the home half, but Raynor shut the Lady Gators down the rest of the way.
Lorna Mendell was 2-for-3 with a double; and Parker was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
In the second game, East Columbus finally got to Raynor and raced out to a 16-run win.
“She got tired,” East Bladen coach Chase Lancaster said of his freshman pitcher.
The Lady Eagles were scheduled to host St. Pauls in a conference game at 6 p.m. Monday.