ROWLAND – Junior Nolan Bryant pitched a complete-game 4-hitter with no walks and struck out 9 batters to lead West Bladen to a 5-2 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over South Robeson.
The make-up game from March 8th was played at South Robeson because the Knights field was still too wet. West Bladen was the home team in the scorebook.
Senior Dalton Pait led off the Knight first inning with a walk, and junior Colby White raked a single to left field. Senior Shawn Oxendine pulled a single to shortstop to load the bases. Bryant lifted a sacrifice fly to right that scored Dalton Pait for a 1-0 lead.
Mustang pitcher Cody Scott slugged a home run to leftfield to tie the game 1-1 in the fourth inning.
Senior Thomas West ripped a single to centerfield to begin the Knight fifth inning. Junior Braylon Williamson bunted but was safe on a fielder’s choice, Both runners advanced on Oxendine’s fielder’ choice, and Thomas West raced home on Bryant’s fielder’s choice for a 2-1 Knight lead.
Junior Dawson Bryan lined a single to left to start the Knight sixth inning, stole second base and reached third base on an error. Freshman Devon Strange knocked in Bryan with a single to centerfield.
Senior Jeremy Pait raked a single to left, and Strange sprinted home on an error. Williamson hammered a double to centerfield that scored Jeremy Pait and padded the lead to 5-1.
Senior Jeremiah Lowery doubled home Scott with the final Mustang run in the seventh.
Bryan slammed 2 doubles and batted a perfect 3-3 with a run scored to lead the Knight hitters. Williamson smashed the run-scoring double, and Strange, White, Oxendine, Jeremy Pait and Thomas West connected for one hit each.
Bryant drove in 2 runs, and Strange drove in a run. Dalton Pait, Jeremy Pait, Strange and Thomas West scored one run each.
Lowery batted 2-3 with a double and a run batted in, and Scott clubbed the home run and scored twice for South Robeson.
Coach John Ammons’ Knights captured their first league win and improved to 2-5 overall. West Bladen will travel to South Columbus Friday.