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Baseball: St. Pauls 7, West Bladen 4

DUBLIN – St. Pauls defeated West Bladen 7-4 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference baseball action.

The Bulldogs scored a run in the first inning on an infield hit, and Caleb Henderson’s double. A walk, a single and Aaron Revels’ 2-run double stretched the Bulldog lead to 3-0 in the second inning.

Two errors and Marcus Johnson’s single plated a pair of Bulldog runs in the third inning for a 5-0 lead.

In the Knight half of the third, junior David Valenta and sophmore Dawson Bryan were hit by pitches, and sophmore Braylon Williamson walked to load the bases.

A double play retired Valenta at the plate, but senior Scott Bowen raked a double down the leftfield line that scored Williamson and Bryan and trimmed the Bulldog lead to 5-2.

The Bulldogs answered with two runs in the fourth on two walks, a hit batter and Austin Locklear’s 2-run single.

In the West Bladen fifth, Williamson smacked a single through the middle, and Bryan walked. After a walk to sophmore Jake Butler, Williamson darted home on a wild pitch, and a throwing error on the same play scored Bryan to slice the lead to 7-4.

Bowen lined the 2-run double, and Williamson and junior Jeremy Pait added one hit each. Bryan and Williamson scored 2 runs each.

Bowen pitched the first 4.1 innings for West Bladen, allowing 7 runs – 5 earned – on 6 hits, 5 walks and a hit batter while striking out seven. Junior Derrick Long relieved and pitched 2.2 scoreless innings allowing 4 walks and 2 hits.

Revels batted 3-4 with a double, 2 runs batted in and 2 runs scored. Kaone Locklear was 2-3 at the plate, and Henderson doubled home a run.

Revels started on the mound for the Bulldogs and pitched 5.2 innings to pick up the win. Marcus Johnson relieved and worked the final 1.1 innings on the mound.

Honored during Senior Night ceremonies before the game were Knight seniors Scott Bowen, Kaleb Heup and Trey Storms.

West Bladen will travel to South Columbus Tuesday night.

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