Eagles win sixth straight, dump St. Pauls 10-6

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen continued its late-season push for a playoff berth, winning its sixth straight Three Rivers Conference game on Monday, a 10-6 verdict over visiting St. Pauls.

The Eagles improved to 10-9 overall, 9-7 in the conference.

The Bulldogs got on the board first with a pair of runs in the top of the first, thanks to two Eagles errors and a hit batter, but East Bladen put four runs up in the home half of the inning when Sincere Smith singled and made a bee-line for third when the ball was bobbled; Greyson Heustess laced a run-scoring single and Gabe Barber ripped an RBI double to knot the score.

After a walk to Shy Pone, Spencer Scott singled to bring both runners home and give the Eagles a 4-2 edge.

After a scoreless second, East Bladen added a run in the third behind a single by Pone and RBI double by Scott for a 5-2 lead.

In the fifth, St. Pauls scored a run, thanks again to Eagles errors, to cut the deficit to 5-3.

East Bladen responded on a single by Scott and three successive walks that force home a run and gave the Eagles a 6-3 advantage.

That lead grew in the sixth when East Bladen plated four runs behind sacrifice fly balls from Dan Tatum and Zach Meares, then a wild pitch for another run and a run-scoring single by Smith for a 10-3 lead.

The Bulldogs tried to rally, scoring three runs in the seventh, but came up far short.

Scott earned the win on the mound for East Bladen, working six innings and giving up five hits, two hit batters and striking out four. Smith finished up and gave up one hit and two walks.

At the plate, Scott was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI to lead East Bladen’s 13-hit attack; Barber was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI; Heustess was 2-for-4 with two RBI; and Smith was 2-for-4 with an RBI.