ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophmores Freddy Wooten and Zach Meares teamed up to pitch a 5-hitter and strike out ten batters as East Bladen defeated St. Pauls 4-2 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference baseball action.
Wooten pitched 5-plus innings to pick up the win and allowed a run on one hit and one walk while striking out six. Meares relieved in the sixth and gave up a unearned run on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out four to record the save.
Senior Greyson Heustess smacked a 2-out single to rightfield in the Eagle third inning. Senior Shy Pone yanked a single to right, and Wooten hammered a 2-run double to centerfield that scored Heustess and Pone for a 2-0 East lead.
The 2-out magic continued in the fourth inning for the Eagles as Meares cracked a single, and seniors Josh McKoy and Spencer Scott drew walks. Heustess was hit by a pitch to force home Meares, and Pone walked to force home McKoy for a 4-0 lead.
Singles by Darrick Locklear, Tyler Baker and Caleb Henderson started the Bulldog sixth inning. An error plated Locklear and a walk to Antonio Candelaria forced home Baker to trim the lead to 4-2.
The Bulldogs loaded the bases with two out in the seventh on 2 hits and a walk, but Meares struck out the next batter to end the game.
Henderson and Baker both batted 2-4 to lead the Bulldog hitters. D. J. Hinson started on the mound for St. Pauls and was relieved by Baker and JadaKyss Glover-Graham.
Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles improved to 4-1 and will travel to East Columbus Tuesday night.
St. Pauls 000 002 0 – 2-5-0
East Bladen 002 200 x – 4-7-2