Errors doom Lady Eagles, 10-5

ELIZABETHTOWN — Misdeeds in the field by the Lady Eagles helped to hand a 10-5 Three Rivers Conference win to visiting St. Pauls on Monday.

The loss drops East Bladen to 8-10 overall, 7-9 in the conference.

The visitors scored first, plating a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. But the Lady Eagles cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the first when Johanna Parker walked, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Alyssa Futrell.

The Lady Bulldogs took advantage of three East Bladen errors in the second inning and pushed across two runs to open a 4-1 lead — then added three more runs in the fourth behind three more East Bladen miscues.

In the home half of the fourth, the Lady Eagles scored two runs — but the inning was filled with controversy when Lorna Mendell blasted a ball to dead center with two runners on base for a three-run home run. But the ensuing celebration started too early and Mendell was called out at home, settling for a two-run triple.

St. Pauls answered with two runs in the fifth to open a 9-3 lead, then tacked on a run in the sixth for a 10-3 advantage.

The Lady Eagles started a rally in the bottom of the seventh, scoring two runs behind a single by Kayleigh Raynor, RBI single by Parker and run-scoring single by Futrell. But the rally fizzled there.

Raynor took the loss in the circle for East Bladem twirling a complete game and giving up eight hits, four walks and striking out 11.

At the plate, Futrell was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI to lead the Lady Eagles’ seven-hit attack; and Mendell had a triple and two RBI.