LAKE WACCAMAW– Freshmen Britt Sasser and Carson Gooden combined to pitch a 3-hit shutout and strikeout 7 batters as East Bladen’s unbeaten junior varsity baseball team won their 11th consecutive game 9-0 over East Columbus.
Sasser started and pitched 3 innings, allowing 1 hit and 5 walks while striking out four. Gooden pitched the final 2 innings and gave up 2 hits and no walks while striking out three.
Marlin Davis and Tyler Johnson drew walks to start the game, and both of them raced home when Garrison Tatum drilled a double to left-center field. One out later Weston Hatcher knocked in Tatum with a single to right-center field that grew the Eagle lead to 3-0.
Photos by Kenneth Armstrong
Johnson led off the East Bladen 3rd inning with a single, stole 2nd base, advanced on an infield out and darted home on Zamar Lewis’ sacrifice fly. Hatcher walked, stole 2nd base and circled the bases on a pair of passed balls that grew the lead to 5-0.
Natoren Corbett drew a 2-out walk in the 4th inning, stole 2nd base and dashed home when Johnson smacked a single to pad the lead to 6-0.
Zamar Lewis belted a single to begin the Eagle 5th inning, stole 2 bases and scampered home on a passed ball. Jmarius Smith walked, stole a base and scooted home when Kalec Autry smashed a single. Autry stole 2 bases and scored the final Eagle run when Davis cracked a single.
Johnson batted 2-for-2 with a run batted in and 2 runs scored to lead the Eagle hitters. Tatum slammed the 2-run double and a scored a run. Hatcher, Davis, Lewis and Autry connected for 1 hit each. Davis, Lewis, Hatcher and Autry drove in 1 run each. Davis, Lewis, Hatcher, Smith, Autry and Corbett scored 1 run each.
Coach Kenzil McCall’s Eagles improved to 6-0 in league play and 11-0 overall and will close out their season Friday at West Bladen.