DUBLIN — West Bladen pounded out 22 hits Thursday, including 13 for extra bases, and swept a double-header from visiting Loris, S.C., in Dixie Pre-Majors action, 6-2 and 13-4.
The wins improve the Knights to 10-4 on the summer season.
In the opener, Chandler Lennon scattered a pair of hits while walking three and striking out four to earn the win on the mound. Lennon went four innings for West Bladen and was relieved by Ray Jones, who went one inning and gave up just one hit.
The Knights struck early, plating two in the bottom of the first when Seth Britt opened with a double to left and, after a groundout moved him to third, scored on a sacrifice fly by Scott Bowen. Moments later, Lennon got a double on a pop up that fell behind shortstop and he came home on a single by Jones. The Knights went on to load the bases on a single by Hunter Pait and Brandon Carson was hit by a pitch, but they could not push across another run.
West Bladen added three runs in the second inning when Caleb Sholar led off with a triple to left-center and Ian Sykes walked ahead of a grouder by Britt that was booted to allow Sholar to score. After a groundout, Bowen reached on an infield hit that loaded the bases and Lennon was hit by a pitch to force home the second run. Jones then laced a fielder’s choice to plate the third run for a 5-0 lead.
After a scoreless third, the Knights tacked on their final run in the fourth frame when, with two outs, Bowen smacked a triple to right-center and scored when Lennon ripped a double to right-center.
In the nightcap, Trey Storms survived a rough third inning to pitch a four-inning complete-game win for West Bladen. He gave up four runs on five hits, one walk, two strikeouts and a hit batter.
The Knights gave Storms plenty of run-support, starting with a six-run first inning — all with two outs. Bowen starting things with a triple to left-center and a wild pitch brought him home. Lennon followed with a long triple to right-center and, after Jones walked and stole second, Pait roped a two-run single. Jarrett Williams singled moments later and Sholar brought Pait home with a single ahead of a two-run triple by Sykes to right-center for the 6-0 lead.
West Bladen added four more runs in the bottom of the second when Britt crushed a double to left and, after an out, scored on a single by Bowen. With two outs, Jones launched an RBI triple to left-center and then scored on a double by Pait. Two consecutive errors by the Lions brought Pait home for a 10-0 lead.
Loris put together a rally in the top of the third, reaching Storms for three runs on three hits, a walk, wild pitch and two errors to cut the deficit to 10-3.
But the Knights got those three runs back in the home half of the third when Storms led off with a double to left and, after Britt walked, Weston Pidgeon stroked an RBI single for the first run. After Britt was picked off at third and a fly out, Lennon walked and a wild pitch brought Pidgeon home. Jones then lined an RBI double to close out the scoring for West Bladen.
Loris tacked on a run in the top of the fourth on a hit batter, error and single, but nothing further.
“We put the bat on the ball pretty well, especially in the second game,” said West Bladen coach Kim Cain. “There were some mental mistakes defensively and on the basepaths, but overall I’m happy.”
At the plate, Bowen was 4-for-5 on the night with two triples and two RBI; Lennon was 3-for-4 with a triple, two doubles and two RBI; Jones was 3-for-4 with a triple, double and four RBI; Pait was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI; Sholar was 2-for-5 with a triple. The Knights belted out seven doubles and six triples in the twin bill.
West sweeps Scorpions
In Leland on Tuesday, the Knights earned a double-header sweep over North Brunswick, 9-4 and 5-0, behind stellar pitching by Jeremy Hunt and Trent West.
In the opener, the two teams went scoreless through three innings before West Bladen scored three runs in the fourth behind singles from Hunt, Donald McCullum and Lennon ahead of a two-run double by Bowen.
But the Scorpions took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth with four runs before the Knights plated six runs in the fifth on singles by Carson, Britt and Hunt; McCullum was hit by a pitch before West and Bowen smacked doubles. Jones and John Ashworth finished off the outburst with singles that sealed the win.
Hunt earned the win on the mound, pitching a complete-game and giving up four runs on three hits, five walks, a hit batter and three strikeouts. he had a no-hitter broken up with two outs in the third.
In the late game, West survived allowing nine walks by not giving up a hit and striking out nine for a complete-game win.
At the plate, West Bladen used a five-run third inning to knock of North Brunswick. Sholar led off the inning with a walk, Hunt singled and, after an out, West walked to load the bases and an error on a grounder by Lennon allowed a run to score. Bowen then slapped a two-run double and Jones followed with a run-scoring double of his own to seal the scoring.
— W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.