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Baseball: Wallace-Rose Hill 9, West Bladen 2

West Bladen’s Trent West

Jacob Teachey pitched a four-hitter and struck out eight in leading Wallace-Rose Hill past West Bladen 9-2 on Wednesday night in a Four County Conference baseball game.

Teachey needed only 96 pitches to toss the complete game and improve the Bulldogs’ record to 10-10 overall and 7-4 in the league. Wallace-Rose Hill is one of four Class 1-A teams in the split conference along with Union, Heide Trask and Pender.

West Bladen fell to 6-13 overall and 5-6 in league games. The Knights have the fourth-best conference record among the four Class 2-A teams, which includes East Bladen, Clinton and Midway. There are three games left in the season. The top three teams received state playoff bids, while the fourth-place team may qualify as a wild card.

West Bladen is scheduled to host Clinton on Friday for Senior Night, then close the regular season next week with games at Midway and at first-place East Bladen.

Jeremy Hunt took the loss for the Knights in Wednesday’s game. He pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up three unearned runs on three hits with four walks and a strikeout. Jarrett Williams pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up six runs – four earned – on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

Chandler Lennon, Trent West, Weston Pidgeon and Williams each had one hit for West Bladen. Lennon and Troy Edge scored runs. Williams had the lone RBI.

Wallace-Rose Hill was aided by a pair of errors, two hits and two walks to score three unearned run in the third for a 3-0 lead. The Bulldogs made it 5-0 in the fourth when two singles, a hit batter and two wild pitches plated the runs.

The Knights scored their first run in the fifth. After an out, Edge was hit by a pitch, went to second on a passed ball, and scored on a pair of wild pitches.

Wallace-Rose Hill used an RBI-single from Cole Farriorr and a fielder’s choice-RBI from Teachey in the sixth that made it 7-1.

West Bladen scored in the sixth. Lennon led off with a double to left-center, advanced to third on West’s single and scored on Williams’ sacrifice fly.

Wallace-Rose Hill used two singles, an eror and two groundouts to score twice in the seventh.

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