Photos by Kenneth Armstrong
DUBLIN – East Bladen exploded for 8 runs in the fourth inning en route to a 15-2 victory over West Bladen Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball action.
The Eagles grabbed a 2-0 first inning lead as Jay McKoy led off with a single and darted home when freshman Zach Meares belted a single. Freshman Brady Hollingsworth knocked in Meares with a single.
East Bladen padded the lead to 3-0 in the second. Jay McKoy belted a single, stole second and eventually scored.
The Knights trimmed the lead to 3-1 in the third inning. Sophmore Lucas Williams cracked a lead-off single, and Shawn Oxendine was hit by a pitch. After junior Jeremy Pait drew a walk, freshman Kendall Johnson’s fielder’s choice plated Williams.
Freshman Jacob Priest belted a single to start the Eagle fourth. Jay McKoy forced Priest at second, but Jake Evans smacked a single, and Zach Meares smashed a double that scored Jay McKoy.
Freshman Freddie Wooten crushed a triple that drove in Evans and Meares. Hollingsworth walked before Xavier McKoy drove in Wooten with a single. Garrett Melvin laced a single that scored Hollingsworth.
Priest slammed a double that scored Xavier McKoy, and Tyler Hill capped the rally with a single that scored Melvin and Priest for an 11-1 lead.
The Eagles added 4 runs in the fifth. Evans and Meares drew walks, and freshman Greyson Clark swatted a single that scored Evans. Hollingsworth walked, and Xavier McKoy was hit by a pitch to force home Meares. Freshman Rasean McKoy delivered a 2-run single that scored Clark and Hollingsworth.
Oxendine reached base on an error in the West Bladen fifth, and Jeremy Pait and Johnson laced singles that scored Oxendine with the final Knight run.
Meares batted a perfect 2-2 with a double, 3 runs scored and 2 runs batted in to lead the Eagle hitters. Priest finished 2-3 at the plate with a double and a run scored. Jay McKoy batted 2-3 with 3 runs scored. Wooten hammered the 2-run triple and scored a run.
Evans, Clark, Hollingsworth, Xavier McKoy, Melvin, Rasean McKoy and Hill connected for one hit each. Xavier McKoy had 3 rbi’s, and Hill had 2 rbi’s. Clark and Hollingsworth drove in one run each. Evans scored 2 runs, and Clark, Hollingsworth, Xavier McKoy, Rasean McKoy and Melvin scored one run each.
Priest pitched the first 3 innings for the Eagles and allowed a run on a hit, a walk and 2 hit batters while striking out four. Evans relieved and worked 2 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits and 2 hit batters while striking out three.
Jeremy Pait, Johnson and Williams collected one hit each for the Knights. Johnson drove in 2 runs, and Oxendine and Williams scored one run each.
Freshman Sam West started on the mound for the Knights and was relieved by freshman Cameron Flowers.
East Bladen’s jayvees improved to 6-1 with the victory and will host Whiteville Wednesday. West Bladen will travel to Fairmont.Share: