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RED SPRINGS – A 6-run fourth-inning explosion propelled East Bladen to a 12-2 victory over Red Springs Tuesday in the Eagles Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball opener.

The Eagles took an early lead with a pair of first-inning runs. Jay McKoy and Jacob Priest drew walks to start the game. Tyler Hill’s fielder’s choice retired Priest, but McKoy darted home on a wild pitch, and Hill scored on a passed ball.

Red Springs trimmed the margin to 2-1, but East answered in the third inning. Hill drew a one-out walk, and Dylan Fine smashed a double. Brandon Fine’s sacrifice fly drove in Hill and padded the lead to 3-1.

The Red Devils pulled to within 3-2, but Chase Starkloff and Jay McKoy reached base on errors in the East fourth. Priest walked, and Dylan Fine clubbed a double.

Brandon Fine smacked a single and raced home when Raymond Autry hammered a triple. Autry, Dylan Fine, Starkloff, Jay McKoy and Priest also scored runs in the inning for a 9-2 East lead.

Drew Sholar laced a single to start the Eagle fifth inning but was retired on Nazire Smith’s fielder’s choice. Jay McKoy walked, and Hill knocked in a run with a single. Dylan Fine walked, and Greyson Clark and Autry followed with singles. Smith, McKoy and Hill scored runs in the inning.

Priest pitched the first 3.1 innings for the Eagles to pick up the win, allowing 4 hits and striking out two. Makhi Cromartie struck out two in his 1.2 innings of hitless relief.

Autry batted 2-3 with the triple and a run batted in, and Dylan Fine slugged 2 doubles to lead the Eagle hitters. Hill, Brandon Fine, Clark and Sholar connected for one hit each.

The Eagles will travel to West Columbus Thursday.

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