04/14/2024
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TABOR CITY – Carson Gooden and Coleman Tatum combined to pitch a 3-hitter and strike-out 9 batters as they led East Bladen’s unbeaten jayvees to a 13-5 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over South Columbus Tuesday.

Gooden started and pitched 3.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits and no walks while striking out four. Coleman Tatum relieved him and pitched the final 2.2 innings, giving up a run on no hits and a walk while striking out five.

Marian Davis and Tyler Johnson started the Eagle 1st inning with singles, and Darius Williamson’s ground ball plated Davis for a 1-0 lead.

Coleman Tatum cracked a 1-out single, and Natoren Corbett was hit by a pitch in the East 2nd inning. Jake Futrell forced Corbett at 2nd base, before Davis slammed a double that scored Coleman Tatum. Johnson belted a single that plated Futrell and Davis and stretched the lead to 4-0.

Weston Hatcher was hit by a pitch to begin the Eagle 3rd inning. Garrison Tatum, Parker Greene and Coleman Tatum followed with back-to-back-to back singles that scored Hatcher and Garrison Tatum. Corbett’s sacrifice bunt plated Greene. Futrell swatted a single that scored Garrison Tatum. Futrell later scored to boost the lead to 9-0.

The Stallions bunched 4 hits, an error and a hit batter to score 4 runs in the 4th inning and slice the lead to 9-4.

Coleman Tatum laced a single, stole a base and scored an Eagle run in the 5th inning. South Columbus used a walk and an error to whittle the margin to 10-5 in the bottom of the fifth.

Nathan Howell led off the Eagle 6th with a walk. Hatcher lined a single, and Kalec Autry was hit by a pitch. Greene’s fielder’s choice plated Howell, and Coleman Tatum hammered a double that scored Hatcher and Autry and grew the lead to 13-5.

Coleman Tatum batted 4-for-4 with a double, 3 runs batted in and 3 runs scored to lead the Eagle hitters. His brother, Garrison Tatum, finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored. Davis walloped 2 doubles, scored twice and had an RBI. Johnson batted 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs.

Futrell, Hatcher and Greene connected for 1 hit each. Greene had 2 RBIs, and Williamson, Corbett and Futrell had 1 RBI each. Futrell and Hatcher scored 2 runs each. Howell, Autry and Greene scored 1 run each.

Coach Kenzil McCall’s Eagles are now 2-0 in league play and 7-0 overall. East Bladen will host Red Springs Friday.

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