Eagles sweep East Columbus

LAKE WACCAMAW — East Bladen bagged a couple of Three Rivers Conference baseball wins on Saturday, knocking off East Columbus in both ends of a double-header, 15-5 in a game that had been suspended on March 20 and 7-4 in a game postponed since earlier in the week.

The victories got the Eagles back to .500 overall at 9-9, and over the .500 mark in conference at 8-7.

In the day’s opener, the two teams started in the top of the fifth with East Bladen holding an 8-2 edge. The Gators jumped on Eagles pitching quickly, scoring three runs to pull within 8-5.

But East Bladen answered just as quickly in the bottom of the fifth when Dan Tatum launched a solo home run, Xavier Wooten and Pierce Melvin each got plunked by pitches, Gabe Barber reached on an error tat scored a run and Ty Watkins laced an RBI single to give East Bladen an 11-5 lead.

The Eagles finished the game on the mercy rule with four runs in the sixth behind RBIs by Wooten, Watkins, Shy Pone and Tatum.

Melvin hurled the complete-game win, giving up seven hits, four walks, one hit batter and fanning 11.

Wooten led the Eagles at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI; Watkins was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI; and Tatum was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI.

In the nightcap, East Bladen pitching allowed just two hits — but walked five and hit four — en route to a sweep of the Gators.

The Eagles got on the board first in the top of the first when Sincere Smith singled and came around to score on Wooten’s single.

After East Columbus plated two in the home half of the inning, followed by a scoreless second, East Bladen scored three runs in the third behind an RBI double by Smith, a sacrifice fly by Greyson Heustess and a sacrifice fly by Wooten for a 4-2 lead.

The Eagles extended the lead to 6-2 with a pair of runs in the fourth when Heustess ripped a two-run double.

In the fifth, a double by Barber and sacrifice fly by Watkins gave East Bladen a 7-2 advantage.

The Gators plated a pair of runs in the sixth to close within 7-4, but could do no more damage.

Watkins earned the win on the hill for East Bladen, working five innings and giving up two hits, three walks, tree hit batters and striking out seven. Freddie Wooten finished up, giving up no hits, two walks, one hit batter and striking out three.

At the plate, Smith was 3-for-3 with a double and RBI; Barber was 2-for-4 with a double; Heustess had a double and two RBI; and Xavier Wooten had two RBI.

The Eagles were scheduled to host St. Pauls in a conference game on Monday at 7 p.m.