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Baseball: East Bladen 7, Heide Trask 6

EB16bbSTPl-0230ROCKY POINT – Junior Kyle Tatum lined a 2-run home run over the left field fence in the seventh inning to vault East Bladen to a 7-6 Four County Conference baseball victory over Heide Trask Thursday night.

With the scored tied 5-5, sophomore Sincere Smith led off the Eagle seventh inning with a single but was thrown out at third base. Sophomore Greyson Heustess drew a walk, and Tatum drilled the home run down the left field line for a 7-5 East lead.

Senior Alex Coates allowed a walk and a run on a 2-out single in the bottom of the seventh, but a force-out at second base ended the game. Coates struck out twelve Titans, scattered 9 hits and 2 walks and gave up 3 earned runs. The complete-game victory ran his season record to 5-0.

Nic Richardson reached base on an error and came around to score in the first inning for a 1-0 Titan lead.

The Eagles tied the game in the second inning. Sophmore Ty Watkins belted a lead-off single, and Coates hammered a double into the leftfield corner to drive in Watkins with the tying run.

Michael Stroman doubled in the Trask third inning, and Tynaffit Davis drove him in with a single to put the Titans on top 2-1.

The Eagles fought back scoring 3 runs after two were out in the fourth inning. Wooten started the rally with a single and raced home when Coates slammed a double to leftfield.

Sophmore Quinton Bedsole walloped a double to left-centerfield to drive in Coates. Sophmore Deondre Newkirk swatted a single, and Smith laced a single to left to drive in Bedsole and extend the East Bladen lead to 4-2.

Nathan Harrell singled to begin the Trask fourth, and after a sacrifice bunt, Chase Foxbower knocked in Harrell and closed the gap to 4-3.

Tatum blasted a triple to begin the East Bladen fifth and darted home on senior Nikita Owens’ ground ball to push the Eagle lead to 5-3.

Stroman started the Trask fifth with a single, and Davis crushed a triple to rightfield to drive in Stroman. Jordan Flora delivered a single to drive in Davis and tie the game 5-5.

Smith batted 3-4 with a double and a run batted in to lead the Eagle hitters. Tatum blasted the triple and the home run and finished 2-4 with 2 rbi’s and 2 runs scored.

Coates smashed the pair of doubles and was 2-3 with at the plate with 2 rbi’s and a run scored. Bedsole crushed the double, scored a run and drove in a run.

Newkirk, Wooten and Watkins collected one hit each, and Wooten, Watkins and Heustess scored one run each. Owens had an rbi.

Stroman batted 2-2 with a double and 2 runs scored for Trask. Davis finished 2-3 at the plate with 2 rbi’s and a run scored. Flora batted 2-4 with a run scored.

The Eagles remained unbeaten in conference play with a 3-0 record and are now 5-2 overall. East Bladen will play E. E. Smith Saturday at 4 p.m. in the J. Hoyt Warren/Wayne Edwards Invitational Tournament at Douglas Byrd in Fayetteville    

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